NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has observed the criticism his officials have received for several bad calls this season. It explains why the league is contemplating a way to fix how in-game replays are handled.
Goodell was interviewed at the Special League Meeting on Thursday, and admitted there have been officiating problems this season.
“I think our officials do an incredible job, but there's always room for improvement," Goodell told NFL Network reporter Albert Breer. “We've had some errors that we think we need to correct. Some of the things we're discussing is how to do that, whether there are changes to replay, or to how we train or what we do on the field.”
Goodwell was asked if NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino’s role on Sundays might expand if there were any changes. ProFootballTalk.com previously reported that the league will consider bringing all replay reviews in-house, and considering Blandino has to explain what went right or wrong every week, it makes sense for him to be in charge of replays.
"With respect to replay ... we're going to look at everything," Goodell said. "Our No. 1 focus is to make sure we're providing the best officiating. We always think we can improve. Consistency is important. By bringing it into the league office on Sundays and having one person actually making
"This is something the competition committee will be studying. It's something we discussed with the membership today. They'll come back with a report, and we'll make an adjustment from there."
Changing in-game replays solves one problem, but the league has to focus on its biggest issue – getting calls right on the field.
Having replay is a great backup, but getting calls right the first time is more important. Every play cannot be reviewed, and there have been plenty of questionable calls this season. Having Blandino review all plays is a good idea, but the league should focus on making sure the initial call on the field is correct, too.
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