Pass interference challenge leads to TD for CFL club

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Imagine this: a coach having the power to challenge a play in which pass interference was not called.

Well, CFL coaches have that power, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Mike O’Shea used it for his team’s good in the league’s regular season opener Thursday night vs. Toronto, utilizing a coach’s challenge to turn an incomplete pass in the endzone into a defensive pass interference foul that helped set up a touchdown.

After an officiating review (see 3:30 mark of this video), pass interference was called on Toronto (and ex-Green Bay) cornerback Brandon Underwood. The Blue Bombers capitalized, with quarterback Robert Marve scoring a short rushing TD to give Winnipeg a 31-7 lead en route to a 45-21 victory against Toronto.

The CFL decided this year to allow clubs to challenge both called pass interference fouls and plays that could constitute pass interference. The NFL, of course, has no such rules.

26 responses to “Pass interference challenge leads to TD for CFL club

  1. This is just too much. You could challenge every play for a penalty somewhere by someone.

  2. The CFL is a very entertaining brand of football to watch. Unfortunately, one major weakness is the inconsistent officiating. If there was ever a league that needed this rule change, it is the CFL. I’ve seen far too many games ruined by BRUTAL pass interference calls/or non calls. Good move CFL!

  3. chinahand11 says: Jun 27, 2014 4:43 PM

    This is just too much. You could challenge every play for a penalty somewhere by someone.


    But it wouldn’t matter – NFL coaches would still only have a certain number of challenges.

  4. I think it would be great if coaches could challenge pass interference calls. How many times do you see a 40-yard penalty called and the replay shows the receiver tripped over his own feet? I saw it in Baltimore last year and it was the deciding play of the game. It’s pretty arbitrary what can and can’t be challenged.

  5. If only pass interference and holding don’t happen on every play. Let the game be physical. This is football. If a Super Bowl is won because a team challenged an incomplete pass on 4th down, and the defensive player gets hit with a ticky tacky, 50/50 penalty, such as hand checking, and isn’t an obvious/egregious foul, there will be uproar.

  6. Coaches can have upto 3 challenges a game. They should be able to challenge anything whether it be a fumble or a flag.
    Its not going to make the game longer or shorter, but it does help prevent bogus calls that can directly influence the game one way or the other.

  7. sfsaintsfan says:
    Jun 27, 2014 4:43 PM

    Seahawks would not like this rule at all……………

    Actually, as a Seahawk fan, I’d completely welcome it. There were far more phantom calls against us on big plays than there were clear cases of refs missing ones that would have hurt us.

    Put “seahawks pass interference” into a youtube search. Only two plays come up, both involving offensive PI calls against Golden Tate, one that is not called (you can guess which play that was) and one against the Colts where it should not have been called.

    If the Seahawks commit so many PI penalties, then why don’t more people post youtube vids of them getting away with it? Because they exist only in the minds of haters. Deal with it!

  8. I was at the game last night, and as a lifelong Bomber fan, I have never seen my team issue such a decisive beatdown over a reigning CFL championship team. We’ve been looking for a quarterback for over a decade, and in Drew Willy’s first game in Blue and Gold he was masterful.

    I’m a much bigger NFL fan than CFL, I just like the NFL game, strategy, and intensity. The talent level is much higher in the NFL as well, but for those of you who knock it, the CFL is still pretty darn entertaining football.

  9. I would love to see penalty/lack of penalty challenge flags allowed, plus an extra challenge flag per team. There is so much cheating on both sides of the ball, and this would certainly make players and coaches think a bit before cheating as much as they do. When a single play can make such a huge difference in a game like this I think it is extremely important to consider actions such as this.

  10. @mcnasty1 All CFL games will be broadcast by ESPN this year with the majority on ESPN3.

    @flyeaglesfly79 Toronto is not the reigning champions the 2013 Grey Cup Champions were the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

    Go Riders!

  11. nawlinsmitty says:
    Jun 27, 2014 9:45 PM

    Trollhammer29……weak, dumb comment…….you tube? Really?

    Yes, really. People who get angry over bad calls post videos of the plays all the time.

    Go put “saints bounty hits” into the youtube search engine and see what comes up, since you clearly don’t believe me.

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