Dean Blandino, the NFL officiating director who has overseen rule changes that emphasized player safety, is leaving the league to spend more time with his family and explore other opportunities.
He has been the league's vice president of officiating since 2013. The 45-year-old Blandino has young children and the job demands limited his time with them and his wife.
“Dean has done an outstanding job leading our officiating department,” Troy Vincent, the league's executive vice president of football operations, said Friday after informing the 32 teams of Blandino's departure. “He has been a trusted colleague and a friend to so many of us around the league.