CBS officiating analyst Mike Carey will not return for 2016 season

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06: NFL referee Mike Carey makes a call during the game between the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

If you’ve watched football in the past couple of years, you’ve probably heard from Mike Carey, a former NFL referee who served as the officiating analyst for CBS.

But you won’t hear much from Carey during the upcoming season. He’s no longer with CBS and CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said there’s nobody in line for the job right now. He said during Tuesday’s NFL media lunch that CBS was “not actively looking” for a replacement, according to Newsday.

Carey worked for CBS for two years, analyzing games for the network’s Thursday night and Sunday NFL broadcasts. But he often drew vitriol from viewers who disagreed with his analysis. McManus said the viewers’ negative response to Carey was something he didn’t anticipate.

“It takes some people a while to develop into good broadcasters, and the viewing public was not as patient as I thought they might be,” McManus said.

Carey often disagreed with the officials on the field when analyzing calls and instant replay reviews. It seemed like when Carey called for a reversal, the officials let the call stand; when Carey thought a call should stand, the on-field call went the other way.

“The issue that I didn’t anticipate was the reaction he would get when he disagreed with the official,” McManus said. “For some reason it’s OK for Jim Nantz or Joe Buck or Cris Collinsworth or Jon Gruden to disagree with an official, but when Mike disagreed, with all the years of experience he had, he used to get criticized, pretty roundly.”

Carey first began officiating NFL games in 1990. He resigned from the NFL in 2014 to become CBS’ officiating analyst.

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