Dean Blandino: We missed two roughing calls on Cam this year

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says the NFL’s referees are missing illegal hits on him. The referees’ boss agrees with that, to a point.

NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino said today on PFT Live that Newton is right that there have been a couple of missed roughing the passer calls on him. But Blandino said other quarterbacks have had their share of hits that should have been flagged, and weren’t.

“We review every play from every game and we’ve looked at all of Carolina’s snaps, and we missed two roughing the passer calls on Cam this year, and that’s not where we want to be,” Blandino said. “It’s not specific to Cam, it’s all the quarterbacks because the same rules apply to everyone. Based on our numbers, there have been more missed calls on other quarterbacks, and obviously we’ve had missed calls on other quarterbacks as well. And our goal is to have none.”

Blandino said officials who miss calls are downgraded, can lose playoff assignments and can lose their jobs.

“They are held accountable for the mistakes they make. We have a rigid evaluation system that includes looking at every play of every game, and they get a game report and they get graded like players do,” he said. “We look at that at the end of the season when we assign the postseason, and then for retention purposes. If an official isn’t grading out over the course of a season or several seasons we have to look at making a move. So they are held accountable and we have had turnover in recent seasons.”

Newton would like to see some of that accountability, and he would like the number of missed roughing the passer calls to be reduced to zero.

67 responses to “Dean Blandino: We missed two roughing calls on Cam this year

  1. So they missed 2 of all so far this year. Sounds like just being a crybaby to me. Especially if other qbs have had the same or more missed roughing the passer. Whawhawhawha

  2. The problem is Blandino. He’s never been a ref on the field. How is he supposed to train people on something with which he has no experience? He can’t. He is however a wonderful Yes man for Goodell so he will be VP as long as Roger is Commish.

  3. Other thing is, as each play has been reviewed, were the players who had those missed roughing the passer calls fined by the League? If not, then explain what calls were missed and why the offending players have not been fined yet?

  4. Blandino is (for lack of better words) an idiot. He constantly stands by these horrible referees. I have seen numerous calls this year that were missed or missed even after review! Look up the Adam Jones kick off fumble for instance. Or the numerous hits on Cam against Denver! The league can’t decide if its a catch or not, if its a fumble and the list goes on. Mr. G has his hands in a lot of these games.

  5. Dean the coward trying to protect a cry baby. Must be following orders from the worse commish ever. RG is going about destroying Pro Football. Newton doesn’t understand once you are a known cry baby there is a target on your back.

  6. Cam does have a point, but here are the facts. Week in and week out every game has missed calls and some weak calls. Also, stop whining… the absolute most Hit and Sacked QB is Ryan Tannehill and it ain’t even close! He never complains nor missed a minute of playing time. Sure, we Fins fans would like better performance from him, but Mr. Newton is acting like a big baby and should stop with the pouting already.

  7. the officiating is indeed horrible. but it’s horrible for every team in every game. cam is just a crybaby who literally pouts like a 3 year old when he loses, which is quite often recently.

  8. I am curious why the hit on Romo was not flagged when he got from behind ending his season. Love him or hate him, I believe he was giving himself up and had already began his slide when he got hit. I know once the quarterback leaves the pocket and runs then he is considered to be under running back rules. Can someone give their opinion on the play without bashing Romo?

  9. But wait, according to Superman they’ve been missing about 25 a game the poor little fragile fellow.

  10. Dean the league tool is playing word games. Even *if* that’s true, it’s intentionally leaving out all the 50/50 calls that are 100% inconsistent. Also the bad flags that are thrown.

    I almost spit my coffee laughing at this: “They are held accountable for the mistakes they make”. NO ONE at the league office has any accountability.

  11. Just make believe numbers….like Cam or not, the idea that there have been two missed calls on him all season long is just a made up number. Haven’t seen a lot of Carolina this season, but between the 1 admitted by Dean earlier this week vs the Cards and the at least three in week 1 alone statements like this continue to erode what little credibility Blandino has left.

  12. I’m certain they’ve missed some calls on Cam this year, as they do on very player. And yes, it’s true some of those missed calls were on plays that could have caused injuries, just as injuries are possible on every play in every game or practice. However, the idea that there is some vast conspiracy to deny Cam calls and get him injured is a joke. Part of the game. Play it or don’t.

  13. charger383 says:
    Nov 3, 2016 9:22 AM

    If NFL wants to protect QBs and likes changing rules ban QBs from running and they must fall down when touched with 2 hands

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    Once again, this isn’t about QBs taking [or delivering] hits while running. This discussion is about protecting QBs in the pocket and ensuring that all receive the same treatment from officials. The roughing rules should be applied evenly regardless of QB size or status.

  14. I don’t buy anything he’s selling. Lets bring the scabs back. Actually do a real compare and contrast between the performances. Use that info as well as asking the Refs, “how can we help you do a better job” and then use all the information gathered to figure out how to do a better job.

  15. I hope Cam gets the proper protection all QBs deserve when deserved, and not an iota more.

    I hope when Cam does get hit, defenders get up and Dab.

  16. Blandino reminds me of Baghdad Bob. You just know that every single thing he says is borderline ludicrous. The guys job is to assume that everyone is an idiot.
    Thanks Dean, I’ll trust my own two eyes.

  17. fabricated numbers coming out of the NFL office to pacify owners of particular teams??? Nah, never… there were multiple obvious missed RTP calls in the Den-Car game alone… Cam shouldn’t expect the same exact level of sensitivity as the “pocket passers” get on RTP calls since he runs and is hard to bring down – but, he does have a point at least in the little bit of Panther ball i’ve seen this year (particularly the Denver game – that was atrocious – but Denver gets away with alot in Mile High as EVERYONE knows…)

  18. enoch1root says:
    Nov 3, 2016 8:58 AM
    The problem is Blandino. He’s never been a ref on the field. How is he supposed to train people on something with which he has no experience?

    Well that hasn’t stopped just about everyone commenting, most or all of whom have never reffed, from voicing their opinions.

    Nov 3, 2016 9:03 AM
    he almost got his knee blown out by one of those missed calls

    So how would a penalty flag after the hit protect Cam’s knees? Would you or Cam have felt better while he’s having his ACL fixed knowing that the other team got 15 yards and a fine?

  19. Cam Newton is a big whiny cry baby. He ought to stop all his celebratory crap and just play football. The fact that Goodell actually talked with him on the phone about this tells you how paranoid Goodell is on anything involving black players in the NFL.
    Newton is implying he’s not getting calls because he’s black. It’s total nonsense and racist. But no one will have the guts to come out and call it that, least of all Goodell.
    There are calls missed every week and calls made which shouldn’t be made every week, too. It’s just the way it is. It’s always been that way and it will always be that way.
    The officials have a very difficult job to do. Anyone who doesn’t think so has never tried it. The truth is, the officials are far more adept at their job than 90% of the players are at theirs.
    And by the way Cam, lose the pimp look at your press conferences, too.

  20. saintdatazz says:
    Nov 3, 2016 8:53 AM
    So they missed 2 of all so far this year. Sounds like just being a crybaby to me. Especially if other qbs have had the same or more missed roughing the passer. Whawhawhawha
    ———–
    What’s funny is that you would take the word of Dean Blandino when it comes to ref criticism as gospel. That’s like expecting the head of a police union to criticize a cop after a bad shoot. If Blandino says there were 2 missed calls multiply that by 5 to get the real number. I’ve seen 2 missed roughing the passer calls on Cam in just a half alone from a game earlier this season.

  21. Cry, cry, cry. Newt wants special treatment that hasn’t been earned. Hey Newton, it’s called”prima donna profiling.” Show the game some respect, stop using it as a platform for your over the top, me-me-me, immature self-promotion and you will get the calls. Right now, the refs despise your addiction for self-centered attention and are treating you accordingly. Grow up punk!

  22. Blandino also said they will initiate the old “Payton Manning rule” where if anyone looks at Cam in a “mean or threatening way” during the presnap period of a play its a 5 yard penalty.

  23. Again the Authoritarian NFL telling the viewers what they did or didn’t see. Then wondering why are ratings down?

    Also, Cam is now branded for complaining but as I see it he has brought added attention which in turn should result in more protection for all QB’s…in a league that has about a dozen quality QB’s this is a good for all NFL fans…do you really want to watch the Browns?

  24. But we over reached on 20 calls for Rodgers, Brady and Brees combined so that evens it out, right?

  25. They missed three in the Denver game alone. The NFL is killing its credibility by continually denying and covering for the blatant mistakes of their officials.

  26. “Blandino also said they will initiate the old “Payton Manning rule” where if anyone looks at Cam in a “mean or threatening way” during the presnap period of a play its a 5 yard penalty.”

    Actually that is the “Tom Brady rule” and it is working every week.

  27. dtroxallday says:
    Nov 3, 2016 10:40 AM

    Even when losing, Cam has made it all about Cam.

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    Not true. After being repeatedly blasted in the Denver game he took the high road and after suffering a concussion when easing up on a run vs Atl, he owned it.

    Newton’s “rant” following an un-penalized and very dangerous hit to his knees came after a win vs Arizona.

  28. dtroxallday says:
    Nov 3, 2016 10:40 AM
    Even when losing, Cam has made it all about Cam.

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    Has Cam started “pounding” yet?

  29. enoch1root says:
    Nov 3, 2016 8:58 AM

    The problem is Blandino. He’s never been a ref on the field. How is he supposed to train people on something with which he has no experience? He can’t. He is however a wonderful Yes man for Goodell so he will be VP as long as Roger is Commish.
    —————————–

    It’s a shame that out of all of the great football minds that have been in the NFL, the owners decided to hire a spineless sycophant as commissioner, who in turn hires nothing but other sycophants.

  30. metalup666 says:
    Nov 3, 2016 11:35 AM
    “Blandino also said they will initiate the old “Payton Manning rule” where if anyone looks at Cam in a “mean or threatening way” during the presnap period of a play its a 5 yard penalty.”

    Actually that is the “Tom Brady rule” and it is working every week.

    Try again, it’s the Carson Palmer rule. It came the year AFTER Pollard took out Brady’s knee. Jealousy breeds ridiculous comments.

  31. Not a Cam fan but anyone who saw the week 1 game knows this number is low. And the problem Blandino has is that the week 1 Thursday night game is still the game of the year and people remember it.

    So I give him credit for trying to look credible but at the end of the day any fan that’s paying attention knows that Cam has not been getting the calls that other QBs get.

  32. This confirms that not only is Blandino a liar, it also confirms he’s blind and cannot count!

  33. I don’t watch the Panthers much, but didn’t they miss 3 or 4 in that game against the Broncos alone?

  34. Don’t worry Cam…..you play the Raiders in a couple of weeks….if one of the Raiders players shawdow even touches you, the refs will throw a flag. Plus they will let your O-line hold the entire day…

    Go Raiders…beat the refs!!!

  35. you forgot the rest of the quote:

    “…that’s like less than 1% of the total number of calls we’ve missed this season so we good, right?”

  36. You also missed two on Alex Smith last week but honestly you may have done the Chiefs a favor.
    Foles is certainly more willing to throw deep and better at it.

  37. Cam sure does whine about being hit a lot doesn’t he? How about the photo taken a few weeks ago of him riding a Segway scooter down the MIDDLE OF THE ROAD while he was out for an injury??? Sort of sounds to me like he doesn’t really mind being hit. Either a lineman or a TRUCK!

    Idiot!

  38. You missed a helmet to helmet hit in the most recent London game and a hit out of bounds in the same as well as a face mask on a receiver.

    Those are far more serious errors than worrying about what an overgrown child with unprofessional conduct experienced.

  39. I count 2 missed from the Denver game alone, and the NFL admitted that they missed the low hit in the Cards game. The 2 they are stating they missed are simply the ones they decided to admit to.

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