Weekly officiating video has become officially worthless

Getty Images

When Dean Blandino served as the NFL’s senior V.P. of officiating, his weekly officiating videos were appointment viewing. Now, it’s not clear why the league even bothers.

I bit my tongue on the topic after watching the video disseminated by the league after Week One. Now, with everyone debating the wisdom of the league’s protection of quarterbacks and the accuracy of referee Tony Corrente’s decision that a pair of plays that didn’t look like roughing the passer were ruled roughing the passer at Lambeau Field last Sunday, the second regular-season installment completely fails to address the topic.

Some would say that the league avoided the topic because the league has decided to stay away from calling out officiating errors. Sunday Night Football rules analyst Terry McAulay, who spent 17 years as an NFL referee, explained this week on the #PFTPM podcast that the officials weren’t fans of Blandino pointing out mistakes “every single week.”

“The more he seemed to pile on the less credibility officiating had because here’s the Vice President of officiating going on every week saying, ‘Yep they screwed up again,'” McAulay said. “It affects morale. I know a lot of people really don’t care about that but it is important. It affects that and it affects the credibility of the officiating program in general.”

Of course, given that the league plans to use the roughing call against Packers linebacker Clay Matthews as a teaching tool, Riveron presumably would have been applauding the call. Either way, the omission of any reference to the roughing the passer issue underscores the fact that the league may as well go ahead and omit the officiating video in its entirety. As currently constituted, it’s a waste of time to make it, and it’s a waste of time to watch it.

34 responses to “Weekly officiating video has become officially worthless

  1. As I said before, big Al and big Rog act like brian france of nascar, like drunks. These rules are ruining the sport. Its confusing the officials and the rules are extremely inconsistent. The fans and even the QBs dont want this.

  2. “The more he seemed to pile on the less credibility officiating had because here’s the Vice President of officiating going on every week saying, ‘Yep they screwed up again,’” McAulay said. “It affects morale. I know a lot of people really don’t care about that but it is important. It affects that and it affects the credibility of the officiating program in general.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Know what else affects the credibility of officials? Inconsistent calls and explanations that defy logic and reality.

  3. Mcaulay’s right. Blandino, who never officiated, really messed up the refs. If you’re a ref, how would you feel getting criticized by someone whos NEVER THROWN A FLAG IN HIS LIFE?? But now you’ve got Riveron who NEVER ADMITS THAT HIS GUYS SCREWED UP.. Come on, Goodell! Do your job and get rid of Riveron, Yurk, Mackey!!!! Those guys don’t know what they’re doing! They’re ruining the games!!

  4. The return of the XFL is going to be interesting in 2020. By thtat time, fans will likely given up on Goodell, watch the XFL and then see if it’s even worth bothering to watch this corrupted organization.

  5. So making a pile of screw ups each week is acceptable and pointing them out is not??

    Learning when you screw up is depressing, so instead of trying to improve and screw up less, the topic is declared off-limits?

    I guess Goodell figures it’s only fair the officials get the same treatment he demands for himself?

  6. How hard is it to wreck pro-football ? actually its VERY hard. however the league office seems hell bent on doing that very thing. I, like many other people im sure, look forward to the start of the season in the fall. to me its a cathartic and wonderful time of year but the NFL should be on notice. the fans who truly love the game, will not stand for anymore of these ridiculous rule changes.

  7. I actually turned off the Thursday night game at the 11 minuet mark of the first quarter. How wasn’t that pass interference? Somebody! Anybody! Please explain why it wasn’t pass interference. I had zero rooting interest in the game. Couldn’t have cared less about the outcome. Just a lazy fan sitting on the couch watching football. I changed the channel after the ‘non call’. 11 times out of 10 that’s a flag. I’m sorry ,but if I can’t understand what the rules of the game are, then what’s the point of the referees? Making it up on the fly takes away any integrity that the NFL had left! For the love of god please give us our football back! The NFL is complete garbage right now.

  8. RobfromAmarillo says:
    September 22, 2018 at 11:24 pm
    Amen. Do they think that the NFL fan viewership is idiots? WTF are the rules of this game?

    #####################################################################
    Yes, actually they do think the fans are idiots

  9. The only way to fix this is replay on penalties, this is what the fans want. We don’t care if it slows the game down. We want to get it right. The roughing calls against the vikings and the packers were awful, unfortunately one of them decided the game, and we had to watch a tie. Enough.

  10. I empathize, Florio. My god, listening to the NFL pressers and reading their proclamations this week got me to draw comparisons to watching any governmental press conference or, even, political TV ads. If their lips are moving, assume they’re lying. *Sighs heavily*

  11. A tie was the appropriate end for this game. The Packers were robbed, and a dye pack blew up in the Vikings’ faces while trying to get away. Neither team deserved to win, and neither team deserved to lose.

  12. stellarperformance says:
    September 23, 2018 at 7:43 am
    A tie was the appropriate end for this game. The Packers were robbed, and a dye pack blew up in the Vikings’ faces while trying to get away. Neither team deserved to win, and neither team deserved to lose.
    —————————————

    The Packer fans tie their Super Bowl and now think they got robbed. That’s the best game the Packers had in them and Vikings will play much better. Feel lucky and take the tie like a man.

  13. Thats an interesting business argument. We wont be transparent because transparency leads to accountability and accountability and transparency are bad for morale. In other words, our officials enjoy their work more when they arent held accountable.

  14. As soon as this Referee strike ends, we will get back those good ones that we all heard about are sooo much better than the replacements. I can’t wait to see that political rhetoric come true. It’s got to be soon.

  15. I watched football because I understood the rules, until these last few years. I watch little rugby because it’s a tough, hard hitting game that I enjoy but don’t understand the rules. Here’s the thing, I have started to actually learn the rules of rugby because frankly pro football has become as confusing to me as rugby once was. The point? There are alternatives. Wake up NFL!

  16. The recent history of NFL referees involves two seminal moments, one the Fail Mary non catch in a Monday night game, Seahawks, vs Packers which was so colossally embarrassing that the NFL immediately ended the referee strike. The second is the Clay Matthews call last week. What is so troubling about the call isn’t that it impacted the game but rather the NFL’s insistence that the call was so correct, it would be used as a teaching tape this week. In effect, the NFL doubled down on their own stupidity and that is not a good sign for their future.

  17. darkneptune73 says:
    September 23, 2018 at 12:57 am

    The return of the XFL is going to be interesting in 2020. By thtat time, fans will likely given up on Goodell, watch the XFL and then see if it’s even worth bothering to watch this corrupted organization.
    ———————-

    You folks need to stop pinning your pro football hopes and dreams on the XFL, which will quickly become the eXFL.

  18. liberalsfreeallofus:

    The Packers played three great quarters of ball with a peg-legged quarterback. The passing defense was terrific but gave up too many big plays, immediately after Kevin King left with a groin pull. The Theilen reception was unbelievable concentration on the part of the receiver, and unfathomable luck the ball got through at all. Luckiest team in the NFL.

    The Vikings ain’t got nothin’ on this Packer team. Nothing.

  19. stellarperformance says:
    September 23, 2018 at 11:05 am
    liberalisafancywordforcommunist:

    The Packers played three great quarters of ball with a peg-legged quarterback. The passing defense was terrific but gave up too many big plays, immediately after Kevin King left with a groin pull. The Theilen reception was unbelievable concentration on the part of the receiver, and unfathomable luck the ball got through at all. Luckiest team in the NFL.

    The Vikings ain’t got nothin’ on this Packer team. Nothing.
    —————————————

    Lucky to have your long snapper run over and not called. Lucky to have a 6 point swing before halftime on a yippy kicker and a BS penalty. Lucky the whole Packer offensive line gets to hold on to the outside of the shoulder pads and never gets called. You ain’t got nothin’ but luck and you know it.

  20. Since all referees are human they tend to make mistakes,some are even game changing.with the new rules concerning hits on quarterbacks and leading with the helmet wouldnt it be a great decision to add a penalty challenge or two to the original coaches challenge rule.with action happening so fast referees dont always see what they think they saw when they threw the flag,that can be corrected with the new red coaches flag addition.

  21. The NFL is looking ahead to the thousands of law suits that will be brought by former players for the life long injuries they incurred while playing football. The league wants to be able to say that once they realized that multiple concussions would affect the players they did everything they could to lessen injuries by changing the rules to protect their property and money. They’re making billions and are terrified the serfs will get a bigger cut of the pie. This is a game wrecking strategy but so what? By the time the courts start handing out millions more players with claims will be dead and the aging owners will have sold their teams and headed off to Mar a Lago.

  22. nflknowitall says:
    September 23, 2018 at 10:29 am
    The NFL is headed toward’s becoming the WWE – entertainment for people who THINK it’s a sport
    ——————————————————————————————————-
    The NFL is already like the WWE. That’s the reason why life long fans have become casual fans or non fans. In years past I would have the NFL Sunday Ticket with 4 TVs. Now it’s down to the local game that’s put on the background.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.