The NFL’s head of officiating has resigned.
Dean Blandino is leaving the league to pursue other opportunities, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent told teams in a memo Friday.
“Dean has done an outstanding job leading our Officiating Department,” Vincent said in a statement forwarded to USA TODAY Sports. “He has been a trusted colleague and a friend to so many of us around the league. Dean's knowledge of the playing rules, his tireless commitment to improving the quality of NFL officiating, and his unquestioned dedication to his job has earned him the respect of the entire football community. We wish Dean the very best."
Blandino’s resignation is not effective immediately. A search for his successor is underway.
The change comes as the NFL continues to evolve its officiating mechanisms, with final decisions on replay reviews set to be made at the control center in New York, not by officials on the field, beginning this season.