NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino resigns

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior vice president of officiating, has resigned from his position to take a television job, per multiple reports.

“Dean has done an outstanding job leading our officiating staff," Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, wrote in a statement sent to all 32 NFL teams. "He has been a trusted colleague and friend to so many of us around the league. Dean's knowledge of the playing rules, his tireless commitment to improving the quality of NFL officiating and his unquestioned dedication to his job has earned him the respect of the entire football community."

Blandino joined the NFL in 1994 and was named vice president of officiating in 2013. The league has not immediately named a replacement.

Blandino’s departure comes a month after the NFL owners unanimously voted to central the league’s replay review process, with all reviews being handled by Blandino’s staff in New York.

Lions fans likely remember Blandino from his comments following the team’s 2014 playoff loss. In the fourth quarter of that game, the officiating staff picked up a flag, negating a defensive pass interference call against the Dallas Cowboys, which heavily factored into Lions’ loss.

In a television interview the next day, Blandino argued there was no pass interference on the play, but also pointed out officials missed a defensive hold before the ball was thrown, which would have given the Lions an automatic first down on the failed third-down conversion.

The Cowboys went on to score the game-winning touchdown on the ensuing drive.

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