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Sean Payton lobbies for replay review of pass interference

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 16: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints reacts during the second half of a game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 16, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Getty Images

There were several games on Sunday that featured pass interference calls or non-calls that were highly debatable at the very least and Saints coach Sean Payton would like to see the ability to ask for a second look on such plays in the future.

Payton’s comments on Monday came in relation to a question about a penalty called on safety Kenny Vaccaro that gave the Panthers a fourth down conversion and the ball on the one-yard line. Payton said he won’t be sending the play for clarification from the league, but that he does wish he could have challenged the call and sent it for a replay review.

“It has been [discussed] and for good reason, and let’s hope that that at some point is [addressed] sooner than later,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Listen, it’s been brought up and discussed by a number of clubs, and I think the Competition Committee needs to spend a lot more time thinking about that specific call is so critical to get right.”

Although we’ve heard Payton and others make the case for expanding replay to cover a wider range of plays, there’s been little sign that the Competition Committee is in favor of pushing for such a change. A few pass interference calls probably won’t sway the opinion of those opposed to having more things available for review, which would leave coaches like Payton with little to do but lament calls they disagree with in day-after conference calls.

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  1. r502 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:28 PM

    If this were to be implemented, Richard Sherman would be out of a job.

  2. r502 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:28 PM

    If this were to be implemented, Richard Sherman would be out of a job.

  3. randy8123 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:30 PM

    Dan Quinn agrees…

  4. captainwhodat says: Oct 17, 2016 2:31 PM

    not only yes, but hell yes! we need four hour games Sean…more commercials…

  5. Hitdog18 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:31 PM

    how about this, adopt the college rule that PI is 15 yards and a first down, instead of spot of the foul. why is is that any other penalty can come with, at most, 15 yards (even unsportsmanlike conduct), but PI is unlimited? would stop the game from being won or lost on a ridiculous 40+ yard penalty.

  6. dwinsgames says: Oct 17, 2016 2:32 PM

    After watching Rodgers Cromartie get called for nonexistent last minute PI in Giants-Ravens, then seeing Sherman mug Julio and NOT get called, it is clear we have a real problem. Since these long passes are spot fouls, thus sometimes worth 50 yards, they are game changers. And the refs miss them far too often. I definitely agree with Payton.

  7. tmcb7 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:33 PM

    THE #1 problem in the NFL is the interpretation of rules by each officiating crew at every game. One play may or may not be called in a game… the next game it will be called differently… and the same in a third game will be called a 3rd different way.
    Fans are fed up. I can only imagine coaches and players are too.

  8. rudyjuly2 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:33 PM

    They have done this the last two years in the CFL and everyone likes it. The excuse that you can’t reverse a “subjective” call is beyond tired.

  9. athwartships says: Oct 17, 2016 2:37 PM

    Yes, because the games aren’t long enough all ready. If they challenged this or much more than they do now, I will just turn the games off and wait for the NFLs bubble of stupid to finally burst.

  10. jackedupboonie says: Oct 17, 2016 2:38 PM

    So if you just replay the pi call/noncall….what happens to the punch to the side of Shermans helmet as ball was snapped that almost knocked Sherman down and gave Jones a step on him….til Thomas came over and turned it into a cluster mess.

  11. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Oct 17, 2016 2:39 PM

    Sherman barely touched him. This is so laughable. Watch the play in real time. You can’t even be sure there’s contact. Give it up, whiners.

    4-1. Two games up in the NFC West already. The Division will be locked up by Thanksgiving.

  12. flexx91 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:41 PM

    He has a legitimate point. It is spot foul and if called incorrectly, can impact an outcome at a critical point in the game. Imagine being up by two points with under a minute left and having bogus PI call (or non-call as we saw just this past weekend) made against you that results in a forty yard penalty – in a playoff game…

  13. dalfanforever says: Oct 17, 2016 2:41 PM

    I’d be alright with this. You’re asking a ref to watch guys run at 15 MPH and make a snap call on who is pushing or pulling more than the other guy. They often get it wrong or just call it the DB because they always do. I don’t believe there are many Offensive PIs called.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:41 PM

    “we need four hour games Sean…more commercials…”

    He never suggested adding challenges or having every PI reviewed, only that it would be added to the list of things a coach could challenge.

    Ie; “he does wish he could have challenged the call”

    It would make no difference in the length of a game. It would just be a normal use of a challenge.

  15. jayhawk777 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:42 PM

    Why is such a shock that Superstars GET the calls? Is that so hard to understand?

    In hoops, MJ got calls that a Starks wouldn’t get. In baseball, Kershaw will be off the plate a few inches and get a strike call that a stiff won’t get.

    Are y’all new to this? Sherman is a superstar and will get some calls that other DB scrubs won’t get like a Vacarro. Especially since Sherman turned and looked back at the ball in an attempt to catch it.

    There is judgment calls in ALL sports. It will be that way until the end of time and Superstars will get the benefit.

  16. pastabelly says: Oct 17, 2016 2:44 PM

    Dean Blandino will be coming out with a video explaining why it wasn’t pass interference. That should make everyone happy.

  17. 6ball says: Oct 17, 2016 2:44 PM

    .
    A pass interference penalty could be a 40-50 yard penalty. That’s why people want the review to get the call right. It can totally change the complextion of a game.
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  18. pick6ftw says: Oct 17, 2016 2:45 PM

    and if it were Sherman interfering for you you wouldn’t be crying about anything…

    replay has brought in more negatives to the game than positives…we still see the same if not more complaining over calls only we’re adding 15-20 minutes of waste time to every game.

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out: there will always be whining, stop trying to make everyone happy and eliminate replay.

  19. metalman5150 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:47 PM

    The CFL does and the fans LOVE IT

  20. Patskrieg says: Oct 17, 2016 2:48 PM

    Make everything challengeable, but keep the same amount of coaches challenges?

    That thing that Belichick came up with, the media pounded him for, but team after team has been lobbying for in one respect or another ever since?

    Sounds a whole lot more reliable than this “bang-bang-play” justification that gives officials infinite leeway to make a stupid call because it “happened fast.”

  21. najacoo22 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:48 PM

    I don’t think this is a popular opinion; but we don’t need more replays, more penalties, and more commercials. We just need better officials who get it right on the field more often. The NFL also needs better leadership in regards to officiating, and the entire league. Blandino and Goodell are the worst.

  22. thisistheonlygame says: Oct 17, 2016 2:49 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Oct 17, 2016 2:39 PM
    Sherman barely touched him. This is so laughable. Watch the play in real time. You can’t even be sure there’s contact. Give it up, whiners.

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    Geez; It’s pretty obvious you are a homer; Sherman apologist. It was obviously PI.

    I understand the refs are leery of giving a team 40+ yards on a penalty at the end of the game; but making a change to 15 yards plus automatic first down; would make it so the refs would be more consistent across the entire game vs afraid to call anything in the 4th.

  23. dukeearl says: Oct 17, 2016 2:49 PM

    The incident with Sherman would have been offsetting penalties.
    They have opened pandora’s box with instant replay.
    Bottom line if your team wants to win it should have played better during the rest of the game.
    If this had happened in the first quarter nobody would be talking about it because they would know that they still had 3 quarters to play.
    It is only significant because some fans got their feelings hurt.

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 17, 2016 2:50 PM

    I agree it would help a lot as it seems that any deep ball that isn’t caught and there is a contest for the catch seems to draw a flag these days.

  25. weeteblog says: Oct 17, 2016 2:50 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Oct 17, 2016 2:39 PM
    Sherman barely touched him. This is so laughable. Watch the play in real time. You can’t even be sure there’s contact. Give it up, whiners.

    4-1. Two games up in the NFC West already. The Division will be locked up by Thanksgiving.
    **********************************************************
    Only a Seahawks fan can look at that play and not see what everyone else watching that play saw…..Sherman grabbing his right arm so he cant even raise it, while pulling him down. It was PI, it should have been called.

  26. montrealraider says: Oct 17, 2016 2:51 PM

    HELL NO.

    That BS is a complete DISASTER in the CFL. The game has become a trial and pivotal drives during games are now an endless challenge and replay fest. You even have coaches challenges on top of official review for TDs and turnovers.

    Complete nonsense. If a coach is disapointed the pass is incomplete (and it goes both ways so you can challenge offensive PI on defense), he immediatly throws the challenge flag.

    What happens is review of PI is done in slow motion wich almost always finds some piece of grabbing that live refs cant see with their human eyes. The decision is completely scewed and takes away from the players and the game.

    PLEASE DO NOT KILL FOOTBALL

  27. flexx91 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:51 PM

    He has a legitimate point. It is a spot foul and if called incorrectly, can impact an outcome at a critical point in the game. Imagine being up by two points with under a minute left and having bogus PI call (or non-call as we saw just this past weekend) made against you that results in a forty yard penalty – in a playoff game…

  28. bucks4ever13 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:52 PM

    Just change it to a 10 or 15 yard penalty with an automatic 1st down and it’s no longer such a potential game changer. I don’t think it needs to be eligible for review but I’m not terribly against it either.

  29. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 17, 2016 2:53 PM

    Careful Sean, you’ll have Richard Sherman cut in no time.

  30. da34shadow says: Oct 17, 2016 2:54 PM

    Not good enough. All penalties should be reviewable, not just one type. Also, it is never a good idea to propose rule changes in the heat of the moment. Let cooler heads prevail and then make the changes.

  31. exinsidetrader says: Oct 17, 2016 2:54 PM

    If they do that how it will just make it harder for referees rig the games for gamblers.

  32. mikeoxwells says: Oct 17, 2016 2:55 PM

    Common Sense P.I. Rules:

    1) Called Defensive pass interference resulting in a change of field position of 20 yards or more — automatically reviewed (like a turnover is now).

    A bad pass interference call can change the outcome of a game, and some teams (patriots/brady) get benefit of the doubt, bogus p.i. calls all the time.

    2) Non-called pass interference CAN be challenged. All the same challenge rules apply — 3 per game, must have a timeout, inside 2 minutes called for by booth, yada yada yada.

  33. psousa1 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:56 PM

    You should be able to review everything. You get your same allotted challenges but you can review all calls.

    PI is usually the most egregious of all calls. DB’s aren’t even allowed to play the game once the ball is in the air.

  34. trubroncfan07 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:57 PM

    Doubt you will see a change, millions of dollars being placed on the games for wager, the NFL likes things just the way they are.

  35. bassplucker says: Oct 17, 2016 2:58 PM

    No question the Falcons got 100% jobbed yesterday but seriously, at the point you open up P.I. to review you are looking at 4-hour games (in regulation) as a rule, not an exception. Is that really what people want?

  36. artvan15 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:58 PM

    Let’s slow the frign game down even more. I’m sick of reviewing everything!!!!

  37. agent7g says: Oct 17, 2016 3:01 PM

    No game comes down to one single play. It’s always a series of plays and decisions that determine the outcome. Yesterday’s Seahawks-Falcons game was officiated poorly, throughout the game but it was consistent in that it was a physical game and that’s how those officials decided to call their game.
    The 4th and 10 play was a penalty on the Seahawks.
    We have no way of knowing what would’ve happened if the officials decided to make the correct call.
    The review process is absurd and it should absolutely be reviewable.
    The penalty for pass interference shouldn’t affect the outcome of a game. It should be a 10 yard penalty just like holding, because just like holding it occurs on every passing play.
    The Falcons had their chances to win the game and couldn’t hang on but that one play didn’t define the game.
    The Seahawks got lucky and they know it.

  38. minson15 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:03 PM

    Geez; It’s pretty obvious you are a homer; Sherman apologist. It was obviously PI.

    I understand the refs are leery of giving a team 40+ yards on a penalty at the end of the game; but making a change to 15 yards plus automatic first down; would make it so the refs would be more consistent across the entire game vs afraid to call anything in the 4th.
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    It would probably eliminate QBs for throwing up prayers at the end of the game as well in hopes of some miraculous catch or the penalty which would result the same as a catch (unless it was in the end zone). If that was the third quarter or any other play other than the Falcons last hope of winning that football game. Matt Ryan would not throw that ball because Earl Thomas was lurking in the area….Not saying Earl made a play on the ball cause he didn’t, but QBs in the league know Earl and his capabilities and hesitate to throw near him.

  39. cmoney20 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:04 PM

    I cannot wait to watch a replay after every single solitary play.

  40. lapantherfan86 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:05 PM

    Be careful what you wish for Sean…not only were all the PI calls yesterday on the Saints (who are notorious for fouls in the secondary) legitimate, but the refs missed a handful as well…

  41. tedmurph says: Oct 17, 2016 3:05 PM

    Can’t review stuff like holding and PI. Happens every play to some degree. Just can’t go there. Like balls and strikes, it still needs to be part of the human element. Stinks to be on the wrong end of a bad call, but it’s part of sports. That wasn’t an egregious foul, IMO, and there’s still no guarantee they would have won. Their fans should be happy they ran the gauntlet, and they’re back. Doesn’t look like it’s going to be a hard division to win.

  42. raideralex99 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:06 PM

    If you make it a 10-15 yd penalty then every DB with commit a foul on a long pass.
    The best would be any foul over 25 yds can be review.

  43. redlegleader68 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:09 PM

    Adopt the college rule and this problem goes away.
    Simple.

  44. boisestatewhodat says: Oct 17, 2016 3:11 PM

    At the very least, it shouldn’t be a ‘spot of the foul’ penalty. It should be, at the most, treated like a personal foul with a 15 yard penalty. I mean c’mon…in many cases we’re talking about a 40-45 yard penalty and many times its the wrong call, or non-call.

  45. praetorian12 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:16 PM

    Sherman grabbed Julio’s off hand a little. Even Seahawks fans agree. But if you allow replay to review that call/non-call, how far back do you go? Do you get to review Julio’s blatant, illegal hands to face at the line of scrimmage on the exact, same play as well?

  46. piscataquis007 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:19 PM

    The problem is they are picking and choosing what is and isn’t reviewable. Can’t do it. It’s got to be all or nothing.
    If you’re going to have replay, then have replay, everything is reviewable. (I liked the suggestion from mikeoxwells on the PI matter)
    Either that, or nothing is reviewable (my personal choice).
    In either case, the rules need to be simplified, and the officials need to be full time.

  47. bullcharger says: Oct 17, 2016 3:20 PM

    It’s the one play if called incorrectly can change the outcome of a game unfairly. Look at the 2012 season Super Bowl. Controversial non-call. Basically you have a rule where if it was called and there was actually no contact on replay you over turn it. If it was not called and it was egregious, you enforce it. Like grabbing etc. Anything else you go with what was called on the field.

    Also, if I hear one more ex-player talk about face guarding any more I will be disappointed. It doesn’t exist. You have to make contact to get a foul. Certainly if a player turns for the ball they may get the benefit of the doubt if there is any contact, but face guarding doesn’t exist.

    Either make it reviewable or change it to a 10 yard penalty and automatic first down.

  48. bullcharger says: Oct 17, 2016 3:22 PM

    athwartships says:
    Oct 17, 2016 2:37 PM
    Yes, because the games aren’t long enough all ready. If they challenged this or much more than they do now, I will just turn the games off and wait for the NFLs bubble of stupid to finally burst.

    ——

    Same number of challenges, same time.

  49. bullcharger says: Oct 17, 2016 3:25 PM

    raideralex99 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 3:06 PM
    If you make it a 10-15 yd penalty then every DB with commit a foul on a long pass.
    The best would be any foul over 25 yds can be review.

    ——

    In practice that isn’t what happens. 15 yards and a first down isn’t worth fouling a guy that could miss a long ball.

  50. Silver and Black attack says: Oct 17, 2016 3:25 PM

    You can throw a challenge flag to review the spot of the ball by 6″ but you can’t review a 50 yard PI split second judgement call made by an out of shape referee, trying to run with a WR/DB with world class speed that may result in a 50 yard penalty?

    If I was in charge of rules, PI would be the first penalty to be reviewed. It’s the most harsh penalty of all. It has unlimited yardage consequences.

  51. archermaggot says: Oct 17, 2016 3:29 PM

    He is just asking for the PI call to be able to be reviewed.

    How does this make the game longer? Each coach gets up to three challenges.

  52. rynehawk says: Oct 17, 2016 3:32 PM

    They need to accurately make the call, but opening up fouls to instant replay is a slippery slope.

    Imagine replay review of a holding call, or off-sides.

    If you could review PI, I would save one timeout for the end of each half and throw up a hail mary and if my team didn’t catch it I would challenge and have PI called because SOMEONE surely touched my receiver.

    The problem with PI is that it is a spot foul and immediately game changing. Make it 15 yards like nearly everything else and see what impact that has.

  53. kcflake says: Oct 17, 2016 3:45 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Oct 17, 2016 2:39 PM
    Sherman barely touched him. This is so laughable. Watch the play in real time. You can’t even be sure there’s contact. Give it up, whiners.

    4-1. Two games up in the NFC West already. The Division will be locked up by Thanksgiving.

    I’m not a saints or hawks fan, but Sherman clearly pinned and hooked Julio Jones arm so he couldn’t use it to make the catch. Clear pass interference. Not “barely touched him whiners”.

  54. akira1971 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:45 PM

    rudyjuly2 says:

    They have done this the last two years in the CFL and everyone likes it.
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    metalman5150 says:

    The CFL does and the fans LOVE IT
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    As a Canadian that actually watches CFL games up here, I can tell you the fans DO NOT love it. It really kills any game momentum and more times than not, the reviews are inconclusive.

    CFL game statistics show something like 90%+ of DPI/OPI are not reversed as there is so much subjective interpretation going on.

  55. wyntyrmute says: Oct 17, 2016 3:46 PM

    This isn’t going to make the game any longer as it’ll still be a coaches challenge to review.

    I watched the Saints-Panthers game and it looked like the Panthers were trying to get PI calls and they got 3 of them in the end zone. It was huge for how that game played out.

    Carolina has a QB with a strong arm and big receivers, they throw lots of these jump balls that are drawing non-existent PI calls that coaches can’t do anything about. Other teams do it to and they’ll continue to work the system until you make this reviewable.

  56. mmack66 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:01 PM

    raideralex99 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 3:06 PM
    If you make it a 10-15 yd penalty then every DB with commit a foul on a long pass.
    ———————————–

    Then every play would be a long pass.

  57. flexx91 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:20 PM

    We’ll, every DB in the college game doesn’t commit fouls on long passes. Something has to give here in that a bogus PI call with a team up by two points or less will almost always result in loss for that team.

  58. montrealraider says: Oct 17, 2016 4:25 PM

    I realize most of you dont agree with my CFL comment, but just be carefull what you wish for.

    I dont have a problem with the spirit of it; if its an obvious blown call, get it right.

    The problem is when you start scratching the thing and using replay to judge stuff thats impossible for refs to see full speed, its not right. Its not right to have consecutive replays by the officials and through coach challenges. Its not right to stop the game every handfull of plays for reviews when you have already a flood of commercials… get it?

    Football is awesome as it is. Things like that, the celebration crackdown, the phasing out of kickoffs.. it gradualy erodes the fun and awesomeness out of it.

  59. xenova1 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:46 PM

    Sherman definitely blocked Julio’s right arm. Julio couldn’t raise it for a two handed catch. I was pulling for Seattle but I’m not blind and was glad a flag wasn’t thrown.

  60. brian55906 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:49 PM

    I am not a Giants fan……. but they got HOSED on a horrible PI call against them yesterday….. it could have swung that game. They need replay to review those kinds of important plays.

  61. JSpicoli says: Oct 17, 2016 4:56 PM

    If you think things are stupid and weird NOW, just make this a reviewable judgement call.

  62. sariff420 says: Oct 17, 2016 5:04 PM

    Falcons should never have been in a position to try a cheap attempt at getting a bailout penalty. They had their chances to win before that and blew it. We don’t need to give offenses any more advantages then they already have. With replay every little nudge would be called. Gtfoh

  63. marmac2768 says: Oct 17, 2016 5:12 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 4:01 PM
    raideralex99 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 3:06 PM
    If you make it a 10-15 yd penalty then every DB with commit a foul on a long pass.
    ———————————–

    Then every play would be a long pass.

    *****************************************************

    That’s silly because most long passes wouldn’t be completed anyway. PLUS, if every DB would just commit PI on every long pass, guess what, in about 3 or 4 plays, BINGO, you are in field goal range and/or the Red Zone. No, DBs would still play defense and the offense would miss the long bomb. How many times do we see where a WR clearly beat a DB and the QB overthrew him anyway? A lot!

  64. vikes8480 says: Oct 17, 2016 5:31 PM

    He should be careful what he wishes for. He must not remember the phantom PI on Ben Leber in the 09 NFC Championship game that put them in FG range.

  65. frozenstiff says: Oct 17, 2016 5:33 PM

    They should only give 5 yards and a first down on the pass interference not the spot of the foul because nobody knows if it’s going to be caught or not and it should be reviewed if its the spot of the foul because its a major game changing penalty so just get it right if they don’t make changes to the rule.

  66. breadmeatcheese says: Oct 17, 2016 5:44 PM

    Issue ISN’T needing replay.

    It is enforcing the rule that exists, on 4th and 10 all or nothing plays that decide the game.

    the refs saw what happened, but had already predetermined a no call.

    that should tell you that refs already have enough leeway to decide games, and scores.

    see cardinals niners thursday a game couple weeks back. so many 1st and goals given to both sides via penalty. announcers could only be silent on a few of them.

  67. ozzman64 says: Oct 17, 2016 5:50 PM

    A “PHANTOM” PI call in the first game the Saints had against Oakland on 4th down late in that game cost the Saints the win. The Saints would have had the ball back with less than 2 mins and Oak didn’t have enough timeouts to prevent the Saints from taking a knee and getting out with the win.

    Something has to be done to correct these calls that determine games. Atlanta got screwed the opposite way yesterday when a CLEAR PI wasn’t called.

  68. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 17, 2016 5:51 PM

    Until the NFL can be more efficient in how they already handle challenges, we shouldn’t be giving them any more opportunity to challenge. It already destroys the flow of the game.

    As a Seahawk fan, I’m fine with admitting that Sherman got away with one. He did. We’ve had more than our share of those go against us (SuperBowl XL), so I’m going to enjoy the times they go in our favor. I’m also objective enough to know that Jones should have also been flagged on that play for clubbing Sherman upside the head to create seperation. Also, if we were able to review PI and the right calls were made, the blatant non-called PI on Kearse earlier in the game would have put the Seahawks at 1st and goal. With a likely score there, the PI on Sherman wouldn’t have mattered in the outcome of the game anyway.

    And be careful what you wish for; there are assuredly enough ticky tack infractions that offsetting penalties could be called on probably every single play in the NFL. Do we really want to open that up? The game is already way too slow and all this would do is encourage more slow downs. Sponsors would love it though. More commercial time for them.

  69. pastabelly says: Oct 17, 2016 5:56 PM

    najacoo22 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 2:48 PM
    I don’t think this is a popular opinion; but we don’t need more replays, more penalties, and more commercials. We just need better officials who get it right on the field more often. The NFL also needs better leadership in regards to officiating, and the entire league. Blandino and Goodell are the worst.
    =========================================
    I don’t think there would be more replays. Those rules wouldn’t change. Each team would still only have two challenges. This would make it so teams wouldn’t waste them on 7 or 8 yard catch/no catch scenarios and just use them or even save them for these game changing or game deciding calls.

  70. snaponrules says: Oct 17, 2016 5:56 PM

    I dont think you should be able to review non call. Simply because its such a slippery slope. If you could challenge a non call for PI why should you not be able to challenge the dallas offense for holding on a long run, or almost every play.
    Reviewing non calls would make for 6 hour games. Especially if your playing dallas.

    However you should be able to see if the refs got the call right on any penalty with your normal allotment of challenges. Its beyond stupid that you can challenge the spot of the ball for a 6 inch difference but you cant challenge that they got an 85 yard penalty wrong.

  71. FinFan68 says: Oct 17, 2016 6:47 PM

    bassplucker says:
    Oct 17, 2016 2:58 PM
    No question the Falcons got 100% jobbed yesterday but seriously, at the point you open up P.I. to review you are looking at 4-hour games (in regulation) as a rule, not an exception. Is that really what people want?
    ~~~~~~~~~
    Your point is a good one about the length of games. However, challenges are not the problem with that. The 5 minutes of commercials are. The players stand around waiting for the commercial breaks to end. I have even seen several commercials, back tot the game…but now the coach throws the red hanky and more commercials. It was almost like they needed that on TV. They could have reviewed the play during the first break and them told the TV audience. The game revolves around TV. It should be the other way around

  72. mwcarolina says: Oct 17, 2016 7:03 PM

    Hate to tell Sean Payton this, but all the PI calls on his team were correct. If they don’t want a call, turn around. If Dan Quinn said this, I’d see his point, but the saints’ calls were fair.

  73. bartpkelly says: Oct 17, 2016 7:05 PM

    He is suggesting you challenge a PI that was called, not that you challenge a play and hope that review makes the refs call PI.

    In the SEA-ATL game, there would have been nothing to challenge, just as you can’t challenge a play to point out a missed holding call.

    The only thing would be a called PI, that the other team hopes replay shows No PI.

    When you slow down those plays though, everything looks like PI either offensive or defensive.

  74. charliecharger says: Oct 17, 2016 7:32 PM

    There’s just way too much money being bet on football games that they’ll never allow the players to completely determine the outcome of the game. I could literally sit in my living room, wired up to the refs on the field, and make the correct call before they even have time to make the wrong call. If I had multiple screens and slow motion replay, I could get every call right without slowing down the game.

  75. nufcedmcgreevey says: Oct 17, 2016 7:33 PM

    Watched this play 10 times, Sherman has jones right arm held down to his side. Jones leaps for ball but his leap is restricted by Sherman holding his arm and manages to only get his left hand on ball. Definitely PI penalty and no amount of spin can change that fact.

  76. nhpats says: Oct 17, 2016 7:47 PM

    If it were not for the refs throwing calls for the Seahawks the Seahawks would never sniff the playoffs. Remember last year’s non-call against the Lions?

    The refs could call illegal contact or PI on Sherman almost every play. If they called these plays legitimately Sherman would be on the bench.

  77. vikesfansteve says: Oct 17, 2016 7:54 PM

    A phantom PI got you to the Superbowl thanks to corrupt Morelli

    Also stopped short on 4th and 1 called a first down even though replay showed short and a fumble

    Oh also a dropped pass for a another first down. 3 blown calls in OT.

    How much money did his crew get. TAINTED SB

  78. bucsorbust says: Oct 17, 2016 8:20 PM

    I’m convinced the determination of what is PI and what is not includes a review of the salary of the alleged offender. Less than 3 mil a year, it’s a PI…more, and it’s a “no call.”

    Yes, I’m being sarcastic, but who knows how the rules are applied anymore?

  79. winninaintsinnin says: Oct 17, 2016 8:51 PM

    Lol at all the whiners.

    Refs aren’t going to bail out a 4th down Hail Mary when both players are going after the ball line happened with Sherman.

    However if there as a replay it would have made a call vs Kearse earlier in the end zone on the series the Hawks missed the FG meaning the Hawks would have been up 9 during that last drive.

    Hawks still win.

  80. kst2074 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:05 PM

    Yes, very often pass interference penalty can affect the outcome of a game. So yes

  81. ad28bestever says: Oct 17, 2016 9:35 PM

    Really Sean? We sure didn’t hear you complaining in the 2009 NFC Championship game where you’re Aint’s cheated at every snap and got away with it. But now that you’re below average teams loses a game because of a non call, you are all for looking into it. Do us all a favor and go away.

  82. balt88 says: Oct 18, 2016 12:00 AM

    mwcarolina says:
    Oct 17, 2016 7:03 PM

    Hate to tell Sean Payton this, but all the PI calls on his team were correct. If they don’t want a call, turn around. If Dan Quinn said this, I’d see his point, but the saints’ calls were fair.

    ================================

    um, no. I’m a Ravens fan but I watched the last half of the game and the Saints had 2 bad PI calls in the end zone against them that resulted in first and goal.

    It looked to me like Carolina was going for the PI calls more so than the completions on some of their throws as well.

  83. Lori M says: Oct 18, 2016 9:25 AM

    Reviews are done to question a referee call. Every play should be subject to review and to coach’s challenge. Coaches should have unlimited challenges providing they challenge correctly. They would continue to loose a timeout for a loosing challenge to prevent abuse. This will cause the NFL to put the proper number of compitant well trained referees on the field.

  84. jcbalance says: Oct 18, 2016 3:01 PM

    Can we stop pretending that challenging PIs will make the games longer? Teams have a limited number of challenges. I don’t remember a game lasting super long because a team used them all.

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