Dean Blandino, the former head of officiating in the NFL, said almost immediately that he disagreed with the decision to overturn Buffalo Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin's touchdown against the New England Patriots.
Blandino spoke in more depth on the subject Wednesday on Sirius XM NFL radio. Blandino was the man making the calls on replay before leaving the NFL before this season for Fox. Al Riveron has replaced him.
“You have the ruling on the field, and that’s the key point,” Blandino said. “Whatever the ruling on the field is, that’s where you have to start. And then, when you’re looking at it on replay, it has to be obvious that the call on the field is incorrect in order to overturn it. I’ve been there, I’ve made these decisions for a lot of years in replay.”
Blandino noted — as many others have — that the view of the officials on the field has seemingly taken a back seat to the view of those at the NFL's New York replay center.
“You always have to go back to the ruling on the field and I think what we saw in the game on Sunday was just a very technical decision, just trying to get too fine with it,” he said. “The foot did drag, you could see it drag. It was close as to whether he had control or not at that point at that point. The ruling on the field was a catch.
“There just wasn’t anything obvious to overturn it. I think it was just an overly technical decision and one that I certainly didn’t agree with.”