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All quiet on the replay front

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View image | gettyimages.com Replay reversals — and controversies — are down in 2014 Before the 2014 season, the NFL announced that vice president of officiating Dean Blandino, and senior officiating director Al Riveron would consult with the referee on each replay review from the Art McNally GameDay Central at NFL headquarters in New York. …

Week 13 Officiating Video: Pass Interference Clarification, Blocks and Tucks, and The Review of the Week in Tampa Bay

NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino today released the Week 13 media video covering noteworthy calls and penalty enforcements from last week. Pass interference, blocks and tucks, and too many men on the field calls were all highlighted (view the video here). As we covered on Sunday, and in what Blandino dubbed the “play…

Week 10 officiating video: Player safety always a focus

#458705712 / gettyimages.com This week, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino spent considerable time discussing player safety, and helping us understand when that safety might be in jeopardy. Also discussed in the Week 10 officiating video were officiating mechanics, instant replay and what constitutes unsportsmanlike conduct (download video here). Fouls on defenseless players are…

Week 9 Officiating Video: Special Teams Plays a Focus This Week

Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, released the network and media video covering rules and calls of interest from Week 9. Blandino focused on special teams, injured player timeouts (again, but quickly) and forward progress determinations (video download). Special teams plays were of particular interest in this week’s video. Several weeks ago, the Rams…

It’s no good; it’s a runback; it’s a safety; no, it’s not: Unraveling Austin’s missed field-goal return

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#458301234 / gettyimages.com Week 9: Rams at 49ers (video at :57) [Post updated to include pool reporter interview with referee Jerome Boger] The 49ers missed a field goal attempt, and Rams receiver Tavon Austin caught the ball in bounds. He attempted to return the kick, and the entire ball exited the end zone. Austin was…

Week 8 officiating video: crackback blocks, official timeouts

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#457964914 / gettyimages.com NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino today released the Week 8 media video. Topics this week included interception/touchback rules, crackback blocks, and timing rules (video download). Low blocks and crackback blocks were a topic of discussion during the Cardinals-Eagles game. The rule is that any player that is two or more…