Tag Archives: Dean Blandino

Despite calls for major change, NFL makes simple tweaks to replay

2014 rule changes The 2014 replay process is going to be much the same as the process from 2013; the changes being made to the system probably will barely register with most fans. There were too many hurdles to implementing … Continue reading

NFL borrows 8th official from Big 12

The NFL is looking to take a page from the playbook of one of its referees. Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino is looking to run a trial of an eighth official as early as this preseason, according to Judy … Continue reading

10 reasons why NHL replay system not coming to NFL stadium near you

Despite chatter, NFL replay will remain under the hood It has become a groundswell in the past season to have the NFL adopt a replay review system that is centralized in the league headquarters. The common contention is that the … Continue reading

Steratore crew to keep lid on things

During the coverage of last week’s 49ers-Panthers divisional playoff game, Football Zebras noted early that the officials were looking to keep control of a potential tinderbox of high emotion. The opening drive by the 49ers had a few injuries and … Continue reading

Rubrics coup: How are playoff assignment procedures different under Blandino?

With one round of the playoffs in the books and the second round assignments trickling out, it seems that we are, again, grasping at the true qualification criteria for playoff officials. In September, USA Today reporter Jarrett Bell interviewed the … Continue reading

Tomlin fined $100K for ‘interfering with play in progress’

The NFL announced Wednesday that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will be fined $100,000 for stepping on the field during the Thanksgiving night game against the Ravens. Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on Tuesday that the Steelers should have … Continue reading

Blandino supports clock stop to fix ‘obvious confusion’ with chains

Possible ambiguity of down signal may have lead to HL error Should the clock have stopped? In last night’s game, referee Jeff Triplette believed (and I fully supported) that, even though the sideline chains were advancing, his third-down signal is … Continue reading

NFL may consider wiping out touchdowns if player taunts during live ball

NCAA rule on Competition Committee agenda There was quite a bit of chatter in the aftermath of Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver Golden Tate’s over the top taunting on his way to the end zone and a Seahawks’ touchdown (video).   The NFL … Continue reading

Training tape: defenseless receiver, taunting, clock on out-of-bounds fumble

Also, both feet touching the ground in bounds and the mechanics for a fair catch kick. Continue reading

Official Review: line to gain, hits on QB kneeldown

NFL vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino has two items in this week’s “Official Review” segment (video): The review of a spot in the Patriots-Falcons game that was deemed inconclusive Why the hit on Bills quarterback  E.J. Manuel by Ravens linebacker … Continue reading