No momentum to make pass interference reviewable

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In the wake of Thursday’s horrific non-call of pass interference in the Vikings-Lions game, which happened when Detroit defenders wiped out Minnesota receiver Stefon Diggs as the ball was arriving, I made the case for making it a reviewable play.

That apparently won’t be happening.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Competition Committee and the coaches’ subcommittee generally are reluctant to expand reviewable plays. They are particularly averse to extending the replay system to include the review of penalties.

The concern is that this would result in a significant philosophical adjustment, and that it could have unforeseen negative impacts on on-field officials.

I personally think it’s not nearly that complicated. Clear and obvious errors happen in various ways. And they can happen with pass interference calls and non-calls.

So why not make it fixable? Consistently refusing to do so sells short the importance of the games — and it delays the inevitable moment where a clear and obvious error when calling or not calling pass interference decides a postseason game or a Super Bowl.

And if/when that occurs, the rule definitely will change. Further proving that the league office is far more reactive than proactive.

20 responses to “No momentum to make pass interference reviewable

  1. If they would just listen to Belichick and allow everything to be reviewed upon challenge that would fix at least part of the problem. You’ve got your 2 coaches challenges and you can use them to challenge anything you want. Would add nothing to the length of the game and allow the worst of these calls to be overturned.

  2. They can’t take away Green Bay’s most reliable play of chucking the ball downfield and wait for the refs to call a bogus PI…not until Rodgers retires any way…

    It’s also the only thing left to alter the games the way they want them to go…

  3. Roughing the passer and hits on defenseless receivers MUST be made to be reviewable. They are not getting these calls right and it’s changing games. I could live with these two rules if they’d make them reviewable.

  4. The league office won’t change for one big reason.

    The league office doesn’t want to take the heat for fixing games.
    They would rather have the refs continue to take the heat so that the fixing of games is done by 16 different groups rather than the league office.

    That way, they keep the plausible deniability like they currently have.

  5. Seahawks 9ers….bogus pi on Clara….bogus pick play call while a missed facemask after the catch right in front of official. Completely garbage call in Chiefs Bills where refs called personal foul roughing the receiver to extend last gasp drive….the defender barely brushed receiver with his arm. What the heck is going on with these officials??

  6. Way, way, too many interruptions in the game as it is. We have to get past this mentality that technology is the answer all the time.

  7. the way to solve the issue is to let the players play. less penalties means less bad calls. it would also serve to reduce injuries, as the unobstructed routes passing attacks now employ would be mitigated by allowing more physical play in the defensive backfield. the passing offenses now are almost able to run 7 on 7’s like they play in shorts at practice.

    alternatively if they are going to call every ticky-tack contact downfield would be to make the p.i. penalty a 10 or 15 yard penalty rather than a spot foul.

  8. Making PI calls reviewable may put referees calls in question, but it will be nothing in comparison when it comes out that corrupt snake Pete Morelli was paid off to throw the 09 NFCCG. Also the Det/Dal WC game. He will make Tim Donaghy look like a choir boy.

  9. You’re making too much sense, Florio, and the NFL has become senseless…if it continues it will begin to hemmorage fans and tv ratings, then the changes will be too late.

  10. “They are particularly averse to extending the replay system to include the review of penalties.”

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    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    November 26, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    The league office won’t change for one big reason.

    The league office doesn’t want to take the heat for fixing games.
    They would rather have the refs continue to take the heat so that the fixing of games is done by 16 different groups rather than the league office.

    That way, they keep the plausible deniability like they currently have.
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    Your absolutely right!!! If they make a change ? Then The commissioner (Goodell) and the Owners would lose their ability to fix games .And if they did make the changes they would also catch H_ll from Las Vegas because they could no longer control the out comes ….. To simply Ignore ALL the bad calls this year IE: the PI against the lions that’s so Obvious and the appearance of Not knowing what a catch is, Is Proof of Game manipulation by the league and Vegas !!!!! As they continue to show us its ALL about the money not the games !!

  11. I honestly can’t believe how stupid some of you people are. Do you have any concept of what it would take to fix an NFL game?

    Mindless fools

  12. What good would reviewing a penalty be in reality?

    The refs have all the resources to call the game correctly as it is – the fact that they can’t and refuse to use these national television resources correctly means that we will continue to have underwhelming effort from clowns in stripes.

  13. I watched two interesting plays today…. 1st was in KC. Try and catch a highlight of Buffalo’s 15 yarder for hitting a defenseless receiver on KC’s last drive. It was literally a “two-hand” touch football tackle to the diving receiver’s back. One of the worst calls I have ever seen.

    2nd play was in the Grey Cup were a 4th quarter non pass interference call was challenged and reversed. The CFL allows one PI challenge per game. It was a huge play and the correct call ended up being made. This rule is definitely worth consideration for the NFL.

  14. paulland81 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    They can’t take away Green Bay’s most reliable play of chucking the ball downfield and wait for the refs to call a bogus PI…not until Rodgers retires any way…
    ))))))))))))))))
    You left out the automatic first down calls they get as well.

  15. If they’re going to limit the coaches’ challenges, they should make everything reviewable. If they’re going to limit what is and isn’t reviewable, they need to give the coaches more challenges.

    Yes, I (like y’all) think there are already too many stoppages in a game, but I also think it’s ridiculous that a spot foul which is already called too frequently is called wrong.

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