Report: Competition Committee not in favor of 15-yard pass interference

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NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent believes momentum exists for changing defensive pass interference from a spot foul to a 15-yard penalty. Apparently, however, there’s not enough.

Judy Battista of NFL Media reports that the Competition Committee does not favor the adjustment, and that the committee isn’t expected to recommend the change to owners.

Apart from whether anyone prefers a 15-yard pass interference penalty (I don’t) is the question of why this is suddenly a thing. The NFL typically makes rule changes on a reactive basis, and nothing has happened in recent years to create any sort of outcry for changing the rule.

So, basically, the rule doesn’t need to be fixed, and yet someone apparently wants to break it.

As NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay acknowledged earlier this year on PFT Live, the league always worries about unintended consequences of rule changes. By changing defensive pass interference from a spot foul to a 15-yard penalty, the league would be inviting defensive backs to wipe out receivers who has separation and position on down-the-field throws, knowing that they may say 15, 20, 30 yards or more in field position by taking out a guy who otherwise has a good chance to make a catch.

Consider this impact at the end of a game, when a Hail Mary pass is thrown from, say, the 50. If there’s any chance an offensive player will catch the ball, wipe him out and let them try it again from the 35.

The situation raises a separate issue that seems to be happening more and more frequently. Folks who possibly want to see a given rule change will talk publicly about it, in an apparent effort to influence owners and/or members of the Competition Committee. Why else, for example, would Vincent try to create the impression that the pass interference rule could change if the Competition Committee is opposed to it?

Vincent knows that, ultimately, the owners will decide on this and every other possible rule change. Vincent’s public comments may be aimed at getting some owners to think that coaches and executives not on the Competition Committee want the rule to be changed, in advance of an effort next week during the league meetings to get the owners to act against the advice of the Competition Committee.

However it all plays out, the owners ultimately will decide which rules will or won’t change. Until they do, folks connected to the process may try to put their preferred rule changes in the best position to succeed by, among other things, telling the media that momentum exists for a given change when, in reality, it may not. The owners probably realize this; it’s time for the rest of us to start doing the same.

101 responses to “Report: Competition Committee not in favor of 15-yard pass interference

  1. I don’t watch college football, so someone else please chime in and help me – but how often does a DB outright tackle a WR that’s running by him in college to avoid a huge play? Is this actually a problem? Seems like a scare tactic for those who oppose the change.

  2. Isn’t there enough technology these days where you can move two members of officiating crew to a box, or add more officials and they are part of the team. Then take away challenges, and the officials in the box have the ability to call/review all plays real time and just get more calls correct then we get wrong? It seems like in house video board guys can show the clip or elect not to show a replay long before calls are ironed out on the field, so why couldn’t two officials in an in house replay booth do the same.

  3. As opposed to a bomb from the 50 that results in an automatic first down from the 2?

    In it’s current format, it changes the outcome of games. Maybe keep it in it’s current format but the foul doesnt stop the clock? Something has to change. It’s stupid.

  4. The reason this is a thing is because 50-yard penalties that are often pretty dubious can have quite a big impact on the outcome of a game. Instead of changing the penalty, however, they should make it a reviewable play so we can be sure it was the right call (or non-call). Remember Stefon Diggs being mugged on Thanksgiving and no flag?

  5. Stiller43 says:
    March 22, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I don’t watch college football, so someone else please chime in and help me – but how often does a DB outright tackle a WR that’s running by him in college to avoid a huge play? Is this actually a problem? Seems like a scare tactic for those who oppose the change.
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    I’ve never seen it happen.

  6. this again is about being able to cheat and manipulate ratings by giving the trainling team
    an automatic 70 yard pi call to get back into the game

    peyton manning and the colts started these shenanigans 10 years
    with the help of goodell

    yet another wrong decision

  7. Who would be ok with a 15 yard penalty? What consequence would there be not to trip a guy that burned you 50 yards down the field? Or to pull a guy down deliberately at a hail mary. 15 yard penalty for something that cost the offense 48 yards is not right.

  8. How about this? Pass interference is a “spot of the foul call” inside the final 2 minutes of 1st half and the final 2 minutes of the game. 15 yard penalty other than that.

  9. You could always make pass interference a spot foul during the last 2 minutes of either half to stop DBs from mauling WRs on a Hail Mary.

    I tend to agree though that the rule is good as-is.

  10. Aaron Rodgers rejoices! The key to his success remains intact. When in doubt, just throw the ball deep a bit short of your WR and have him stop, mid-route, get hit by the CB and enjoy the 60 yard gain.

    Worst penalty in football.

  11. Hate to admit it but I like the idea of making it reviewable (like we need more replays). I tend to agree with the posters that this really isn’t a problem in college, so I don’t think it will change the game if they chose to make a change. But I do think the existing rule is part of teams’ playbooks – throw it up in a crowd, have receiver wave arms, flag comes out, 50 yard play. Make it reviewable and you might solve that.

  12. Should be 2 different penalties. A 15-yard variety and a spot foul variety.

    QB underthrows WR deep, WR slows up/stops, CB makes contact = 15 yard penalty
    CB is all over WR, not in step with WR, not looking at the ball = Spot foul

  13. It’s not a problem in college. In fact it works great & really helps the game not be an unwatchable mess. No one wants to see you get the ball 50 yards downfield based on a dubious DPI call that really could have gone either way. And that seems to happen waaayyy too much. I’d rather see less DPI anyway.

    Florio may have a website, but he’s not an expert & is wrong on this topic. 15 yard penalty is the best idea for this.

    Frankly, the college game has a better on field product right not & it’s not close.

  14. Vincent is an old DB so he may have a viewpoint that favors change to 15 yard penalty.
    Refs generally swallow whistles on Hail Mary plays, but the potential does exist for a bad pass interference call on a Hail Mary to change the outcome of a game. Giving up 50 or more yards on a penalty at the end of a game has happened before and will happen again.
    It’s just a matter of whether it is in a high profile game or not.

  15. Consider this impact at the end of a game, when a Hail Mary pass is thrown from, say, the 50 if a defensive player touches the WR in a certain way, interpreted by the official at a CRITICAL part of the game, let them try again from the 1 yard line.

  16. Apart from whether anyone prefers a 15-yard pass interference penalty (I don’t) is the question of why this is suddenly a thing.

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    Because people are sick of seeing teams get bailed out by the refs on a 50 yard probably uncatchable bomb just because the defender made a tiny bit of contact. Teams are actually coaching receivers to try to initiate contact on these plays over actually catching the ball.

  17. superpatriotsfan says:
    March 22, 2018 at 9:43 am
    Kraft must have bribed the committee. How else are his Patriots going keep their offensive drives alive without pass interference penalties in their favor?

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    Excuses…..find a better team

  18. Why not make it a SPOT FOUL as it is now, but limit it to a maximum of 30 yards. That seems a logical compromise. So any penalty less than 30 yards gets marked at the spot of the foul, but if there is a 50 yarder the maximum that the penalty can be is 30 yards from the prior LOS.

  19. 15 yard PI is the worst idea ever.

    It’s basically “Hack-A-Shaq”. You wanna talk about plays impacting a game? Just tackle wide receivers when it looks like they might make a play longer than 15 yards.

    The high flying nature of the game and spectacular plays will come grinding to an abrupt halt.

    So unless you watch alot of NBA like myself, and would like to see hack a shaq in the NFL, be careful what you wish for.

  20. Then they need to start calling more offensive interference. It`s pretty bad when every two minute offense includes plays where the pass receiver runs 40 yards down field and directly into a defensive back with established position.

  21. superpatriotsfan says:
    March 22, 2018 at 9:43 am
    Kraft must have bribed the committee. How else are his Patriots going keep their offensive drives alive without pass interference penalties in their favor?

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    First you guys claim that Brady only throws the ball 2 yards…..now you claim this rule will benefit the Patriots. You guys really need to get together and get your stories straight….

  22. It needs to be changed end of story. Need to address what is offensive pass interference too wr push off every time they try to make a catch then they throw their hand in the air looking for a pass interference call.im so sick of wr and qbs lobby for flags its pathetic

  23. People can get mad at me on this or disagree. However, if the pass interference penalty was only 15 yards, the Patriots would have lost to the Jaguars in the playoffs last season. That is a fact, and I would like to see anyone seriously argue otherwise. The Patriots were dead in the water, then got the huge, 65 something yard penalty right before half on a duck pass. They turned that into a touchdown. Then the had a very similar type play to get back in the game even more. The Jaguars got spooked once it evened up and the Patriots ran with it. That is all fine and good. Props to them for trying to get calls, by throwing deep on a bad passing day against a great defense. However, they had nothing going until then.

  24. The spot foul doesn’t bother me. The back judges judgement does. Taking it to a 15 yard penalty would take away the negative affect of a horrible call. Why is it the zebras cal let the players play in the SB but ticky tack PI in the regular season. Quote from the late Dennis Green “I don’t mind if you miss one but don’t make one up”.

  25. They need to change this rule ASAP. Currently it just gives the receiver a reason to flop.

    To those who say the DB would tackle a receiver who beats him for a 15 yard penalty: If the DB were even in position to interfere before the pass got there, why not just play defense?

  26. Make it two offences:
    Flagrant Pass Interference = deliberately taking out the receiver or stopping him catch the ball (spot foul, minimum 15 yards, plus one offence towards ejection? like a yellow card in the football where everyone gets to kick the ball).
    Pass Interference = contact interfering with the receivers ability to catch the ball, basically not being good enough, could include never seeing the ball coming because you are staring at the man (15 yards, get on with it).

    This would also take away the (admittedly uncommon) situation where a DB has an incentive to tackle a receiver in the flat as the ball goes up rather than let him run past him, given that the Pass Interference penalty is quite generous to the defender there currently.

  27. An accidental PI should be 15 yard penalty and a blatant PI should be a spot foul. You can tell if the DB is intentionally causing pass interference pretty easily.

  28. This is a worst rule in the NFL. A ticky tack bit of contact late in the game can be a 50 yard penalty that totally changes the outcome of a game. Yet, a guy can put a dirty/late hit on a $100 million QB and it’s only 15 yards. The max ANY penalty in the game should be is 15 yards.

  29. I’d prefer it to be a 15 yard penalty. You see way too many questionable PI calls that gives the offense a 40+ yard gain and it can’t even be reviewed.

  30. Fine. Keep it as a spot call, but eliminate PI for (usually intentionally) under thrown passes. The “back shoulder fade” has devolved into throwing the ball 5 yards short and getting a call with the WR forcing contact on a pass he has no chance of catching.

  31. I am weary of the advantages given to the offense. A spot foul for DPI has no equivalent for the offense. The offense has greater incentive to act and attempt to draw the penalty.

    OPI should be loss of 10 yards and automatic fourth down (corrolary to automatic first down). Take away the incentive for receivers to push off.

  32. The rule needs fixing. To say it does not is silly. Much like when they had two different penalties for face masking, they could implement a two tiered pass interference penalty. 15/y for “normal” PI and spot of foul for egrecious infractures.

  33. If a referee were hypothetically attempting to affect the point spread in a game, a spot foul gives him a better opportunity to do that.

  34. They could have two different PI calls like they did for face mask. 15 and a first for incidental or minor contact, and then a spot foul if the db blatantly tackles a WR that is gonna burn him.

  35. Leaving the rule a spot foul, because a dback may try to take advantage and tackle a receiver, fails to account for teams that now take advantage of the rule when they play for spot fouls to advance the ball (watch a Green Bay game). Rodgers commonly gets free plays by under throwing receivers who then get bumped by dbacks defending the play. Make PI a 15 yard penalty.

  36. Lions fans still salty I see.

    If DPI is a spot foul, the NFL is basically awarding a catch to the receiver 100% of the time. But no receiver catches every throw that comes his way even when he isn’t illegally contacted.

    It makes just as much sense to award the ball to the defender in cases of OPI. Why not assume the ball would have been intercepted 100% of the time?

    Of course, nobody really wants to see that happen but there’s definitely a double standard here.

  37. This should absolutely be changed. Nothing decides the outcome of games more than PI.

    I bet Aaron Rodgers is praying this doesn’t happen. He makes most of his big plays off of PI’s. He chucks it up and gets the PI calls.

  38. I played Corner in college and think a 15 yard penalty for PI calls makes so much sense. How many times do you see qb’s throw it up late to see if they can get a huge PI call that nets them 30+ yards? It happens a lot. Some of these PI calls that are 30 yards or more totally change a drive and game. It is a little excessive if you ask me. 15 yards should be enough.

  39. lionsfan123 says:
    March 22, 2018 at 9:51 am
    Should be 2 different penalties. A 15-yard variety and a spot foul variety.

    QB underthrows WR deep, WR slows up/stops, CB makes contact = 15 yard penalty
    CB is all over WR, not in step with WR, not looking at the ball = Spot foul

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    While in theory I agree with you, the last thing I want to see is an official have more judgement calls.

  40. The “DBs will just tackle anyone that gets past them” is the lamest reasoning for keeping the rule as it is. Once in a while that may happen, but I think it would be in rare instances. If this were really true you’d be seeing it happening all the time in college, but you don’t.

  41. One of the things that puzzles me about this, is you can cheap shot an opponent and potentially knock them out of the game and only get 15 yard penalty. If it’s in the head you may also get a fine, but if it’s at a players knees you likely won’t get a penalty or a fine unless it’s a QB. However contact that happens on 80-90% of passing plays is sometimes a 50 yard penalty that changes the game. Just seems like there has to be a way to figure out how to call PI consistently and accurately that is fair to all teams.

  42. 277 DPI’s last year (256 games)for a total of 4891 yards. This averages out to 8.66 Defensive Pass Interference penalties per team in a year and 17.65 yards per call. Not a problem and no need to change.

  43. you do know had the refs called a P.I. on the final Hail Mary attempt, the Pats would have had 1 untimed down from the 1 yd line right? And they would have won and we would be talking about how they were given another championship.

  44. The real problem is the frequency of bad PI calls. So bad, in fact, that teams factor this into their play calling. You have a 2 in 3 chance of a long pass, down the sideline, going in your favor – A catch, a PI call or incomplete.

    Back judges are flag happy on passes downfield. It seems their thinking is ‘assume PI unless their is indisputable evidence to the contrary.’ Fix this and this will end the argument about the spot foul / 15 yard penalty argument.

  45. I like this change
    but if the refs would let them play and call is consistently then there wouldn’t be a reason for the rule change

  46. I’d like to see no penalty for a receiver slowing down on an underthrown deep ball and getting run into by defender. Offense should not benefit from the bad throw.

  47. Does it have to be extreme? What about 15 yard PI or spot fouls for more PIs(whichever is less) but spot foul regardless of distance for the most egregious ones where the ref has no doubt it is a spot foul? PI is already discretionary, by giving a 15 yard option, the impact can be lessened in case of an iffy call instead of a 40 or 50 yard spot foul.

  48. I would like this change.

    Reason being, DPI is a spot foul that can give a 50+ yard play on ticky tack calls.

    OPI is rarely called, and when it is, its 5 yards. I see receivers push off quite often. And these days, we see routes called for big TEs that run straight into a defender, then cut off the push to be “open”. Never called.

    I personally believe a little more parity between the 2 should be applicable.

  49. ngarren13 says:

    March 22, 2018 at 11:11 am

    you do know had the refs called a P.I. on the final Hail Mary attempt, the Pats would have had 1 untimed down from the 1 yd line right? And they would have won and we would be talking about how they were given another championship.

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    And you realize the Eagles were up 8, right? Youre assuming they would have scored on that 1 play, then gotten a 2 point conversion, then scored again in OT.

    You know what they say about assumptions…

  50. I would much prefer them looking at getting rid of automatic first down penalties. If penalty yardage results in a first down, great. But when it is 3rd and 10 and there is a 5-PI call, why not just make it 3rd and 5 and try again? Why a new set of downs?

  51. There needs to be a way to review PI. It’s too big of a play not to review if there wasn’t a penalty there.

    But they can’t make PI a 15 yard penalty because every corner that gets beat deep will just take the penalty instead of an 80 yard touchdown.

  52. ajzinnecker says:
    March 22, 2018 at 10:52 am
    This should absolutely be changed. Nothing decides the outcome of games more than PI.

    I bet Aaron Rodgers is praying this doesn’t happen. He makes most of his big plays off of PI’s. He chucks it up and gets the PI calls.
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    Then the Defense shouldn’t commit the penalty. No penalty = good defense and no game outcome affected for the offense. Follow the rules – not that difficult for a good d player – right?

  53. I mean, wouldn’t the change of PI from a spot foul to a 15 yard penalty just decimate Pittsburgh’s offense? They’ve relied on go routes and ticky tack penalties for years. When their offense bogs down, you better believe the flags will start flying.

  54. Good. Leave it alone.

    Or why not say a touchdown scored when a team takes possession in the final 2 minutes is worth 13 points. Then everyone would complain because the team got the ball at 2:01, and scored, but it only counts for 6 points. How fair is that….blah blah blah.

  55. This has to go….the under chuck it up towards a 2 step lead receiver who then slows and goes back through the defender who’s only trying to catch up. Ohhh, like Tom Brady against Jacksonville when NE couldn’t move the ball so he just threw bomb sideline routes.

  56. Let football players play football, unless it’s blatant there is no reason and offensive player can get uptenth yards on a PI.

  57. Why not an “Incidental PI” Call, that gets 15 yards… and then the straight-up “Mugging” that goes for the full yardage?

    That way both sides of the equation are satisfied. And refs already have to deal with ‘incidental’ contact with other situations (punters, etc.) so there’s not much of a stretch there…

  58. Changing it to a 15-yard penalty would be crazy. The long pass is probably the most beautiful play in all of sports, and probably the one with the most drama, too.

    The stakes instantly become high. Will it be a dramatic catch, an interception, an almost-but-not-quite reach, a penalty? At least three options there (catch, interception, penalty) that have an immediate and electrifying impact on the game.

    And they want to do away with that because occasionally a penalty gets called incorrectly? Don’t give up high drama for procedural evenness. Just make it reviewable and move on.

  59. this seems too easy. just like a facemask. you have 2 levels of the penalty. in this case:

    1. pass in rerferance 15 yard penalty
    2. pass interferance/flagrant – at spot of do it

    done

  60. getadealdonealready says:
    March 22, 2018 at 11:01 am

    One of the things that puzzles me about this, is you can cheap shot an opponent and potentially knock them out of the game and only get 15 yard penalty. If it’s in the head you may also get a fine, but if it’s at a players knees you likely won’t get a penalty or a fine unless it’s a QB.

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    That’s not a problem with PI, that’s a problem with refs not calling personal fouls and making ejections as they should.

    I like the recent idea of the New York review office making ejections. Takes it out of the refs’ hands to call, since they seem so unwilling to do it.

    Do that and make PI reviewable and you’ve probably solved most of the problem.

  61. Going a bit off topic here: When so called experts debate whether or not Joe Namath should have been in the HOF or not. Back then as long as you didn’t hold or trip a receiver you could knock the snot out of them (rolling blocks at their knees, shove them to the ground,etc.) until the ball was in the air. That is what made his 4,000 passing season all the more impressive.

    And now? If a DB breathes too hard on a receiver it is a penalty.

  62. Don’t break the rules and make the penalty and you wont have an issue. Not sure why we want a lesser penalty than the infraction is creating. If the Offense loses 34 yards because chump couldn’t defend his guy and has to grab his wing. Why only give the Offense 15 yards. Makes absolutly zero sense. Easy solution – defend with out interferring.

  63. cabosan1978 says:

    March 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    ajzinnecker says:
    March 22, 2018 at 10:52 am
    This should absolutely be changed. Nothing decides the outcome of games more than PI.

    I bet Aaron Rodgers is praying this doesn’t happen. He makes most of his big plays off of PI’s. He chucks it up and gets the PI calls.
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    Then the Defense shouldn’t commit the penalty. No penalty = good defense and no game outcome affected for the offense. Follow the rules – not that difficult for a good d player – right?

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    Agree to a degree. Yes the defense shouldn’t commit a PI. But sometimes I swear teams like the packers, practice situation where PI’s get called. Basically all you do is chuck up the ball, slightly under throw it, the reciver stops mid route, and runs into the defender and it’s a PI, with a 50 yard gain.

    I bet teams actually practice how to do these which is sad. Game should more often be decided by good plays, not PI’s.

    I think at the very least, it should be able to be challenged.

  64. SO what will be “flagrant?” You want MORE judgement calls?

    Too many pros/cons each way to change the DPI rule. Leave it be, but call OPI more fairly and eliminate the automatic 1st for illegal contact if the Line to Gain is more than 10 yards. That will even it out a bit.

  65. ajzinnecker says:
    March 22, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Agree to a degree. Yes the defense shouldn’t commit a PI. But sometimes I swear teams like the packers, practice situation where PI’s get called. Basically all you do is chuck up the ball, slightly under throw it, the reciver stops mid route, and runs into the defender and it’s a PI, with a 50 yard gain.

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    Come with some specific examples. I dont recall any team ever doing this on purpose. Specifically the Packers. I am assuming your team couldn’t defend and got burned and now you want a rule change. Right?

  66. If the DPI penalty occurs in the end zone, the current rule could apply: 1st and goal at the one yard line. All other DPI penalties would be 15 yards or half the distance to the goal. As far as saying the defense will deliberately mug a receiver if they are beat, they do that now but it doesn’t happen that often. That won’t change significantly.

  67. The case for limiting the penalty to fifteen yards has NEVER made sense. It’s based entirely on a stupid dislike of the idea of gaining thirty or more yards on a penalty, but the fact is the penalty has to take into account what yardage was attempted to be gained.

  68. Just relax some of the rules against defensive backs, because the wide receivers have it too easy!

  69. Just let referees determine whether the PI was intentional or not. Intentional PI would result in placing the ball at the spot of the foul, all other PI calls would be 15 yard penalty. The refs have done a good job calling intentional/non-intentional face mask penalties, so they should be able to differentiate on these calls too. I would suspect there would be very few intentional PI calls.

  70. I’m surprised so many people are for this change. It’s an awful idea! There would be no reason for DBs not to cheat on every long pass where it’s close. Coaches would be telling their defense to do that on purpose! We would see a ton more yellow flags every game and the offensive focus would switch back primarily to the running game – long passes would drop dramatically and with it a large amount of entertainment and fan interest. Stop changing the game. We finally got a rule passed to get rid of previous rule changes to what a catch is. Stop changing the game!

  71. jjfootball says:
    March 22, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    Just relax some of the rules against defensive backs, because the wide receivers have it too easy!

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    You can thank Bill Polian for that. Changing the rules was the only way Peyton could beat a BB coached defense. Remember when the refs made up a “face-guarding” infraction on the spot against Ellis Hobbs in the AFCCG? Polian and the league were desperate to concoct a way to get Peyton into a SB.

  72. The rule needs to be changed. When you have clear cases, week in and week out, of QB’s just chucking in the general vicinity of a receiver with a clear intention on gaining a PI call – the rule should be changed. The argument about “defenders tackling receivers” is weak – just call a Personal Foul and make it a spot in that situation. Hand-fighting/incidental contact PI calls that spot the ball from the 45 to the 2 is a major contribution to the audience losing interest in the product. Ask a fan, any fan, and they’ll say the same thing.

  73. Everyone talks about a long pass interference call being a game changer. How about the holding call that neglects a long touchdown run? Or the off sides that wipes out an interception? Point is, even though those are only 5 or 10 yard penalties, they wipe away way more yards then just the infraction. I like PI being a spot ball penalty for that reason.

  74. Have flagrant PIs and incidental PIs. There, solved for your criticism. Ticky-tack PI calls that award an offense huge chunks of yards take away from the quality of the product on the field.

  75. Even better solutions:
    1) Make PI a review-able call
    2) Call Offensive PI when it happens, and make push-offs reviewable as well. As it stands, refs disregard push-offs on a routine basis.

  76. This spot foul is about the only thing left that makes the game almost video game level when teams with great QBs are way behind. Just huck it up…..what is the downside for the offense? They either complete it, get the same yardage on a penalty, or it’s a punt. How about enforce the same yardage the other way on offensive PI???

  77. Aaaaahhhhh, if the Patriots win a game in the the closing minutes due to a 40 yard PI call it will be changed to a 15 yard penalty for the 2019 season.

  78. My rules:

    Intentional DPI (Florios big play example) is a spot foul but all others are 15 yards. Also, cannot be a spot foul on balls clearly underthrown where defender runs into the WR.

    Offensive PI shoul be 15 yards and a loss of down, that way defense doesn’t need to choose whether to take penalty or not.

  79. The reason to consider changing it from a spot foul to a 15 yard penalty is because of the impact the penalty can have and the fact that the calls are often wrong. A poor decision by an official can completely change the outcome of a game and I get the feeling there is an appetite to look at ways to mitigate the damage poor officiating can have on the outcome. There has been no evidence of defensive players tackling receivers in the College game, but if that was a concern, all you have to do is put in a deliberate PI level designation that makes it a spot foul if the defensive player tackles a receiver. It’s the worst penalty in football and often rewards a team based on a poor call, so I’d like to see it change.

  80. The problem is that the Competition Committee exists as a standing committee and thus is constantly looking to do things, most of which are harmful. It should instead be an ad hoc committee formed when a threshold number of owners are convinced that there is a rules issue that needs to be addressed. Form a committee, address that narrow issue, and then go home.

  81. cueghost says:
    March 22, 2018 at 9:46 am

    How about this? Pass interference is a “spot of the foul call” inside the final 2 minutes of 1st half and the final 2 minutes of the game. 15 yard penalty other than that.

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    That is far too reasonable a compromise for the parties involved.

  82. lionsfan123 says:
    March 22, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Should be 2 different penalties. A 15-yard variety and a spot foul variety.

    QB underthrows WR deep, WR slows up/stops, CB makes contact = 15 yard penalty
    CB is all over WR, not in step with WR, not looking at the ball = Spot foul
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    I agree with this.

    The current rule is over manipulated by the QB/WR and changes would be welcomed, but making all interference a flat 15 yards regardless of the spot of the interference and severity of the interference would be too large a step in the other direction.

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