Blandino told ref during Giants-Panthers to consider an ejection

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As Giants receiver Odell Beckham and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman went back and forth with several cheap shots on Sunday, NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino contacted the officiating crew to tell them to consider an ejection.

“There was a point during the game when I did get on the headset to the replay official to remind the referee that you can eject players, you’ll have our full support, this thing cannot get out of control,” Blandino said on NFL Network.

That’s a surprising admission, as ordinarily the league office says it only talks to the referee about specific calls that are reviewable on instant replay. If the league office is telling the referee during games to consider ejecting a certain player, that could raise all kinds of questions about how much influence the league office has on games.

At the same time, Blandino said NFL officials don’t take ejections lightly. In other sports leagues, ejections are more common, but in the NFL, with its 16-game season, kicking a player out of a game is considered a last resort.

Blandino, however, thinks an ejection should have been made — and not only with Beckham. Blandino indicated that Norman should have been ejected as well.

“It’s certainly an accumulation of instances, and not just on Beckham. There were some things on the other side, too, and I think both parties were involved. The officials, if you asked them, they would agree after looking at the tape that ejections were warranted,” Blandino said.

Blandino feels strongly enough about that that he told the ref to consider it during the game.

72 responses to “Blandino told ref during Giants-Panthers to consider an ejection

  1. Partying with Jerrah on the bus, calling refs during games to suggest ejections, what’s next? If “Integrity of the Game” is so important, maybe this guy should be doing a different job.

  2. Here we are sliding down that slippery slope…

    No ref experience, he’s SUGGESTING ejection with in ear contact with officials.

    Next he will be directing them what to do IN GAME.

  3. Blandino is such a tool. He reminds me of someone who tries to ride the fence and play both sides. But that’s not his job, his job is to make sure these refs are doing their job correctly. He’s always talkin about how they “shoulda done” this or that but the same stuff keeps going on

  4. Something is VERY VERY WRONG….when an official needs to speak w/”someone” to make their decisions.

    Since 2004, the NFL has been more and more micro managed each year…Thanks Polian, Dungy, Fisher…and Goodell.

  5. Agreed, although Beckham needs to control himself much better than he displayed on Sunday, no matter what was said to him on the field during battle. This young man allowed all semblance of common sense to fly out the window Sunday. And this will be something that will extremely hard for him to try & live down, he exposed a facet of his personality Sunday he cannot get back in the toothpaste tube very easily.

  6. Norman shouldn’t have been ejected, all he did was try to get in his opponents head, which he did very, very well. The only ejectable offense was the spear that OBJ threw at Norman.

  7. So, what Dean is really saying is that the on field refs screwed up, and after being told they screwed up still refused to make the appropriate call.

    Maybe that team of officials should be suspended too.

  8. Should have been ejected, issue is he has been throwing punches at defensive players all year, and no punishment. Social media was showing him throwing haymakers against Bills players

  9. OBJ was not ejected. He was totally out of control delivering helmet to helmet hits, but nothing was done.
    The effectiveness of Blind Dino on the phone was self evident. Nothing was done.
    Fire Blandino!

  10. “It’s certainly an accumulation of instances, and not just on Beckham. There were some things on the other side, too, and I think both parties were involved. The officials, if you asked them, they would agree after looking at the tape that ejections were warranted,” Blandino said
    ====================
    notice he said ejections, plural, and yet not even a fine for Norman?

  11. Nothing he did warranted an ejection. If every attempted tackle or block in which a guy hit another guy in the head warranted en ejection, we wouldn’t have enough players to finish the game.

  12. Apparently the league office has no influence… He wasn’t ejected, the refs kindly appreciated the “suggestion”.

  13. I was told long ago that games were rigged. I dismissed that notion but lately I’m beginning to wonder. When you see a flag anytime Gronk,as an example, raises a hand above waist level it smacks of directed calls.

    Considering the number of late (and wrong) flags changing games, Detroit/GB comes to mind, you have to admit it looks bad.

  14. “If the league office is telling the referee during games to consider ejecting a certain player, that could raise all kinds of questions about how much influence the league office has on games.”

    Many of us have had ‘all kinds of questions’ about the league office’s influence on games for some time now.

  15. This is why the game is so screwed up, 345 Park Ave is getting involved during the game.

    They just admitted it. No experience refereeing whatsoever is telling them what to do.

  16. saint2112 says:
    Dec 23, 2015 7:29 AM
    I’m glad they just let them play. This isn’t flag football.

    I was thinking we were headed there and we very well may be, but now we have to consider that the Flag football league may require gags so players can’t talk mean.

  17. If at any time, ejections were contemplated, why then after the OBJ “missile launch”, wasn’t he ejected? It points to the fact that HQ made a decision that an ejection would hurt the Giants too much.

    That is the only plausible explanation and that is unacceptable. Trying to put the actions of OBJ and Norman on the same plane is absurd. What Norman did was gain a competitive advantage within the accepted customs and the actual rules of the game.

    Here, the NFL failed miserably and admitting that action was discussed, will never change that, but it does open a new door of confusion.

  18. So if Norman’s actions were worthy of ejection by Blandino’s standards– meaning he shouldn’t have been eligible to play in the game– why wasn’t he suspended as well?

  19. I’d like to see a stat for number of “non-calls” for the Giants. I believe there is a definite bias. Players get slaps on the wrist for anything other than a blatant off the field issue. Calls during the games often go in their favor. Plain and simple, the officials were afraid to eject Beckham. For whatever reason the Mara’s have a large amount of influence and they use it well.

  20. It’s already been stated that Blandino would t limit his comments to the few covered by the supposed new rule. And here we are, not even in the playoffs yet and he is suggesting penalties.
    Blandino is going to do whatever Goodell tells him to. And Goodell will tell Blandino to do whatever it takes to get back on the cover of Time Magazine.
    Bring back the integrity of the game. Fire Goodell.

  21. If only he felt strongly about illegally batting a ball out of bounds or a phantom facemask call as much as he does about OBJ/Norman acting like 5 year olds, the Lions would be in the playoff hunt.

  22. Blandino giving advice to a ref during a game that affects the playoffs. The guy is a failed stand up comedian with no officiating experience. Think about that for a while.

  23. As a fan of the game, this is extremely alarming.

    To know they can have that type of influence on a game is pretty disturbing.

    Is the NFL becoming The Truman Show?

  24. Dean Blandino….proud son of Bellmore NY and a Hofstra alum to boot. Yeah, I’m sure this guy is totally impartial when it comes to the Pats. So happy he’s evidently now also speaking to officials during the game, that’s not weird at all.
    This clown needs to go.

  25. Punches thrown have been automatic ejections all my life. I wasn’t even finished seeing the replay for the first time when I said to myself “They should be ejected.”

    This isn’t exactly rocket science. We are not launching a rocket and having it land vertically back on the launch pad or anything. This is football. There are rules already in place. The officials simply need to know the rules and follow the rules. we don’t need Ted Wells. We don’t need a special committee. We just need to follow the rule book.

    The rule book wasn’t a big distracting issue back when the game itself was totally awesome and was the primary focus of the sport.

  26. Why is Blandino interjecting himself into an ongoing game that is not a replay challenge?

    Goodell is trying to “engineer” NFL action by using his lackeys in foolish endeavors like deflategate and now on the field of play.

    No good can come of it and it has the potential to stain the game in a way similar to the “Quiz Show” scandals in the late 1950s.

  27. This is like the 150th example of why the NFL needs new leadership. This is Blandino telling the world, “It’s not my fault he didn’t get ejected! I told those guys they could eject him! Don’t blame me!” The reality, of course, is that he just admitted to communicating with the refs about something other than what he is specifically allowed to discuss during the course of the game. What else has he discussed with the refs during games? How can we trust the “integrity” of the game when some corporate stooges in NYC can call into the earpiece of the ref during the game? THIS is a major threat to the integrity of the game, more than anything else that has happened over the last three years. They all must go!!!

  28. For a supposedly tough team the Panthers can’t seem to stop crying. Seeya on Twitter you manly men.

  29. Those calling for 4 games for Beckham are crazy. 1 game was the right suspension. The guy went a little batcrap crazy, but he’s young. First time offender (at least getting caught), 1 game. next time, maybe 2 or 3.

    Norman probably should have been ejected too. At least fined. He was no saint in this either.

  30. There is no person’s name I give less respect than Dean Blandino. When he talks or I see quotes I basically instantly roll my eyes because he is a proven liar and imbecile.

    I said it over a year ago, the longer they keep him at his position the more credibility NFL loses in the sport.

  31. The NFL is not a sport anymore…..it’s 100 minutes of commercials plus 11 minutes of actual sport elongated into a 3.5 hour package of entertainment. The league has transformed into “Rollerball” with Roger and his ex_Jets execs pulling strings to achieve specific outcomes and contrived drama 24/7/365….and the leagues fleet of refs are controlled by the master puppeteer.
    Don’t kid yourself, ratings were slipping as the Giants were getting pummeled……so the league sanctioned a duel between two significant players …..and by the end of the game, ratings quadrupled….no question.
    Just like Rollerball….give the viewers blood just as the league cultivates new audiences in foreign markets (Europe).
    And this offseason, viewers get to reengage in the deflategate drama the league MANUFACTURED as Roger and his Henchmen again try to destroy Jonathan….I mean Brady.

  32. romophobic says:
    Dec 23, 2015 6:40 AM

    Norman shouldn’t have been ejected, all he did was try to get in his opponents head, which he did very, very well. The only ejectable offense was the spear that OBJ threw at Norman.

    ————————

    Body slamming someone is getting into your opponent’s head? Or was he pissed because he got burned for what would’ve been a long TD if OBJ didn’t drop the ball? Norman isn’t not guilty either.

  33. What Blindino is saying is, the Pats don’t stand a chance against the Jets at MetLife this weekend.

  34. NFL makes a federal case about some slightly deflated footballs, yet has a standup comedian actually making suggestions that would affect the outcome of games.

    Yup. Integrity.

  35. joeinbuffalo says:
    Dec 23, 2015 6:53 AM
    Should have been ejected, issue is he has been throwing punches at defensive players all year, and no punishment. Social media was showing him throwing haymakers against Bills players
    —————
    Defenses have been taking cheap shots on him all year long. It’s the only way he can be stopped. It’s either hurt him or make him retaliate. There’s no downside to this strategy because he’s gonna catch a 15 yd pass on them anyway, they might as well get their money’s worth. This Norman thing has been a culmination of 2 years worth of cheap shots on him. He has no choice but to protect himself and send a message that if you’re gonna go after his livelihood, suspension be damned, you’re gonna get earholed. I applaud him for standing up for himself and not just because I’m a homer. Every now and then, even Wayne Gretzky had to whack someone upside the head to protect his own career.

    Society has become weak. We now expect everyone to say “sticks and stones,” walk-away and commit suicide from depression rather than hitting the bully upside the head.

  36. Every time he opens his mouth he comes across more incompetent.

    No wonder the officiating is atrocious – look who heads the group.

  37. Pretty absurd comment…you can’t eject someone for an “accumulation of instances”. An act is clearly an ejectable offense, or it is not.

    In retrospect, Pereria looks a lot better now.

  38. So the NFL is micro managing games to the point the field ref’s either overreact or under react in making penalty calls. That’s why we see a lot of blatant fouls ignored, seemingly biased penalty judgments, and just official confusion all of which have actually determined the outcome of games. Instead of a sport, the NFL has become simply an entertainment industry in which the NFL determines the success of favored teams and star players.

  39. “At the same time, Blandino said NFL officials don’t take ejections lightly. In other sports leagues, ejections are more common, but in the NFL, with its 16-game season, kicking a player out of a game is considered a last resort.”

    Poor excuse.

    MLB – umpires think nothing of tossing a starting pitcher if they think he’s head/body-hunting… or the team’s best hitter if he says a “magic word” arguing a strike call.

    NBA – two Ts and you’re out, whether you’re reigning league MVP or the 12th man on the bench.

    NHL – not only can any player get a game misconduct that ends his day, they even have a”nuclear option” of the match penalty: player ejected, 5-minute major power play for the opponent, AND the ejected player is automatically suspended the next game – even if it’s the starting goalie.

    Soccer – Two yellows or one red, see ya – no matter how good or famous you are.

    Maybe if the NFL considered ejections more than just a “last resort” and sent more out-of-control players to an early shower, there’d be less incentive for the players to take these cheap shots.

  40. Anyone remember the NFL, B.G.(Before Goodellbot), when you never heard from the league office, or the “head” of officiating?

    As far as players go, I wish there more like Dick Butkus. There would be a lot less nonsense going on.

  41. Just another point to be brought up when discussing whether the NFL is just the WWF. Hard to believe that there were this many bad calls affecting games this year and that owners who have the ability to fix it, just don’t want to. Kind of reeks of someone getting paid off to determine the outcome and point spreads on games. Now we find out the league office is giving instructions to refs during the game as to what to call really smells fishy. Whether it is owners or someone else, but someone is getting rich on these calls and now we find out the league is involved in calls and never bothered to fix any of the blatantly bad calls, like the false start on the Jaguars that was ignored, or the not reporting penalty on Urschel when everyone at home saw it and certainly the league office did and didn’t bother to fix it. Sorry, call me nuts, these games are rigged folks, but that’s okay, people still went to watch rigged boxing matches and the WWF, you just have to realize it is fixed so that people other than us can make a lot of money. Ask Pete Rose how that worked because I am willing to bet a lot of people are involved and one day the beans are going to spill.

  42. May I ask why the heck Blandino is paid to be VP of officiating? Refs don’t listen to him, players don’t listen to him, fans laugh whenever one of his explanations is reported….of course, I don’t understand why Roger Goodell gets paid to be the commissioner either.

  43. Puppet Master pulling strings…what else is this inexperienced ‘official’ telling the refs what to do during the game?

  44. Gee, MDS, exactly the issue I raised 2 nights ago but you wouldn’t post it. I guess one has to post troll messages that offer nothing instead.

  45. I knew when they went to those headsets that they were gonna be directing the officials to make calls. Late flags, picking up other blatant flags, the BS explanations, letting Norman go with impunity until Odell snapped, they must want to make sure the Giants are 100% out of the way by any means necessary.

  46. This entire year of embarrassing NFL Officiating is to condition YOU, the Fans, for the upcoming Playoffs & SuperBowl as Goodell enacts his Law of PARITY & INTEGRITY, to determine the outcome of games.

    YOU, the Fan, were duped into believing that Deflate-Gate was a serious crime where, PSI that was NEVER Officially & Correctly monitored, played a role in an embarrassing loss to the Colts.

    You were, and presently are, being CONDITIONED to accept the undermining of the FREEDOM NFL Games once gave to the audience – YOU, the Fan.

    Goodell’s PARITY & INTEGRITY = CONTROLLED OUTCOMES that serve the NFL

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