NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to NFL fans this week detailing a new replay system.
Instead of the referees working the games having final say on reviews, now NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino, stationed in New York, will make the final decisions on every replay. Goodell believes centralizing the replay system will allow reviews to be made quicker and more accurately.
This news has to be concerning for Philadelphia Eagles fans. It’s not about the new system so much as it is who’s in charge of it. Blandino’s reputation is questionable. He was once spotted partying on a Dallas Cowboys party bus. He also celebrated a Dez Bryant touchdown during last year’s first Eagles-Cowboys game. You can try explaining these incidents away, but it’s still hard to feel great about Blandino being in charge.
The good news is that Goodell’s new replay system hasn’t officially been passed yet. He’ll still need 24 owners votes in order to approve the proposal at the league’s spring meetings next week. The bad news is Goodell is talking about the new system as if it’s already gone through so perhaps he knows he already has the support he needs.
I’d be very interested to see how Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie (and the other NFC East owners) votes when it comes to putting Bladino in charge.