News: DMN: NFL VP officiating Dean Blandino on whether Dez caught the ball, running into Cowboys

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  1. NewsBot

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    Two years after #DezCaughtIt, the Cowboys and Packers rematch in the NFC divisional game Sunday.
    Much has changed since then, from Dak Prescott replacing Tony Romo as Cowboys quarterback to Aaron Rodgers going into and coming out of a slump all in one season to Ezekiel Elliott leading the NFL in rushing this season.

    But something that hasn't changed: the NFL's ambiguity on what, exactly, is a catch. Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior VP of officiating, tried to explain.

    "We've been through this before," Blandino told ESPN's Mike and Mike Show on Wednesday. "At the Super Bowl last year, actually, we had a run-through through different catches. ... It's control plus two feet plus time. If you don't have those things before you go to the ground, then you got to hold on to it when you land. That's it - that's the controversy in a nutshell."

    And yet, the controversies continue. Bryant's catch continued to come into conversation in 2015 Cowboys-Packers talk and earlier this season when Dallas went to Lambeau in October. Cowboys GM/owner Jerry Jones said in October that the 2014 decision "knocked the credibility out from under the way we judge what's a catch and what's not."

    "Since that play, I don't believe they've been able to say it in a way that any of us understands yet," he told 105.3 The Fan's Shan & RJ show.

    Bryant couldn't play in the 30-16 win, but the catch still came up.

    The stage only elevates with a playoff rematch. Blandino said it's not the only uncertainty he encounters.

    "Any time you have something that has a lot of subjectivity [people question calls]. Offensive holding, for one, is such a subjective call, and there are a lot of different factors so I think that's one. Pass interference, I think that's one. Downfield contact - who's initiating the contact? Does it create an unfair advantage?"

    Blandino said all he and his team can do is "be as consistent as possible with the application of the rules." They strive to do that, with lengthy pregame preparation to ensure both their offsite Game Day Central studio and game replay booths are fully equipped.

    "Any time there's a close play, we start looking at it in Game Day Central in conjunction with what the replay booth's doing and then when there's a challenge, we can communicate," he said.

    But sometimes, fan bases don't care. Blandino once encountered Cowboys fans who recognized him at the airport.

    "I didn't think they were going to let me on the plane," he said. "They were like 'Hey, wait a minute. You're that guy."

    But overall, aside from "good-natured ribbing on Twitter," Blandino gets positive feedback in fan interactions.

    What does Jason Garrett think of the Dez no-catch?

    "We're focused on today's practice," he told reporters Wednesday morning. "2017."

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  2. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    You can never find enough dead horses to beat.
  3. yimyammer

    yimyammer Well-Known Member

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    Leave it to Newsbot, he can never get enough of this ****.

    Its why I HATE him!

    Thats right buddy, its me again and I'm not going anywhere
  4. dallasfan4lizife

    dallasfan4lizife Well-Known Member

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    Who's idea was it to put a washed up stand-up comedian as the czar of officiating?

    What kind of sick joke is that?
  5. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    Dean Blandino does not get overall positive feedback from his fan interactions. Give me a break.
  6. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    They should have asked him to define "time."

    Dez had control and took three steps (not just two feet down), and some "time" obviously passed. If there is a minimum amount of time that has to pass no matter how many steps the receiver takes, then it should be stated.
    RamziD, JPostSam, Cover 2 and 33 others like this.
  7. CalPolyTechnique

    CalPolyTechnique Benched

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    It wasn't funny the first time.
  8. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    And every time you have been wrong.

  9. MarionBarberThe4th

    MarionBarberThe4th Well-Known Member

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    I think the Ref should've just ignored the application of the rule Bc what dez did wasn't really considered when they wrote the language.

    He caught it and then dove for the end zone so it really should've been a fumble recovery.
    If he caught it while IN the end zone he would've fell down on his back and scored. But Bc he took a long time to go to the ground and dive it became "all one act" or something.
    Trouty, CATCH17 and CaptainCowboy12 like this.
  10. RXP

    RXP Well-Known Member

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    Everytime he tries to explain the play, he bamboozles himself into another corner.

    He knows that was a catch. He knows they screwed up. But they cannot admit it. So he is forced to keep defending the indefensible.
  11. TheSport78

    TheSport78 The Excellence of Execution

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    Two years later, I'm still waiting for the INCONCLUSIVE evidence that the ball ever hit the ground.
  12. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    Well, since he has the final say to determine the call, I'd say he was right based on his authority alone.
  13. sweetness0986

    sweetness0986 Well-Known Member

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    I can't wait for redemption Sunday.
    Trouty likes this.
  14. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    It was so clearly a catch, nobody can argue against it with any energy whatsoever.

    Blandino is a puppet on a string.
  15. The_Boyz_Rock

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    I'm still pissed about that call.
    I hope Dez is seething for revenge on that BS call
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  16. 4lifecowboy

    4lifecowboy Well-Known Member

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    If it was ruled a catch would it even be a subject of debate two years later? The fact that it is still a controversial call two years later says something. And if it is a subjective call as he called it how can it be overturned if originally called a catch?
  17. ConstantReboot

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    The ruling on the field that it was a catch. If there was inconclusive evidence to prove otherwise then why was the call changed to a "no catch?"

    Blandino is a fool. He knows its a catch and they screwed up big time.
  18. iceberg

    iceberg it's business, this emotional game Zone Supporter

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    the ****

  19. adbutcher

    adbutcher K9NME

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    The horse is available for bearing because most of the people know bs when they see it. The NFL is still trying to sell bs and people ain't buying it.
  20. Carharris2

    Carharris2 Well-Known Member

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    Than you. We know he can't say an amount of time.
    I wish one person could ask this idiot Dean the right questions.

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