FRISCO — Senior Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is resigning from his post effectively immediately.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Blandino is going to take a job in network television.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 14, 2017
Initially, the thought was Blandino would take a job with CBS, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that this is not the case
CBS tells @Ourand_SBJ it is not planning to hire Dean Blandino. So there's that.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2017
In any event, the bane of Dallas Cowboys fans since 2014 is gone. Cowboys Nation began to despise Blandino after he defended referee Gene Steratore’s decision after a Green Bay Packers challenge that receiver Dez Bryant did not complete the catch in the 2014 NFC Divisional playoffs.
Blandino would later tease Cowboys fans from his official Twitter account about the “no-catch” in the 2016 season when Bryant caught a game-tying touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium.
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) October 31, 2016
The former stand-up comic is no longer running things in the officiating department, and he won’t be deciding all replay calls in 2017 per the new rules voted at at the owners meetings last month in Phoenix.
There is no word or timetable on when Blandino’s last day at the NFL is or who his successor will be.