McKay suggests major changes to replay rule coming

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Owners won’t be making a major change to the replay rules. Unless they will.

Days after a Washington Post report indicated that a limited alteration of the current replay process would be presented to the powers-that-be in Charlotte, Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay paints a picture of a more comprehensive change.

McKay tells Jarrett Bell of USA Today that the proposal will turn the current replay model on its head, removing the long list of reviewable plays and replacing it with a list of non-reviewable plays. That’s the same shift the Ravens proposed before the annual meetings in March.

Under the Competition Committee’s proposal, roughly eight types of plays will not be subject to review. All other plays and circumstances will be subject to review.

“What’s happened is there have been so many rules added over the years as situations have come up, the rulebook has become cumbersome,” McKay told Bell. “We’re addressing that.”

Actually, what’s happened is that the league tried to use replay on a very limited basis, but the universe of reviewable plays has expanded on a piecemeal basis, typically after a clear error happens and everyone learns that replay isn’t available because that specific play isn’t on the list. With a small, finite list of plays that can’t be reviewed, those situations shouldn’t happen again.

“[The Ravens] pushed it in the right direction, no question,” McKay said. “I give coach [John] Harbaugh a lot of credit.”

The league will get plenty of credit if the provision is passed. Still, there’s more work to be done — starting with the use of a video official who assists the on-field crew in making the calls in the first instance, separate and apart from the replay process.

UPDATE 6:04 p.m. ET: A spokesperson for McKay tells PFT that, although the list of reviewable plays will be replaced with a list of non-reviewable plays, there will be no change in the total circumstances where replay review is available.

19 responses to “McKay suggests major changes to replay rule coming

  1. Fire Dean Blandino and hire younger officials.

    It’s not rocket science.

  2. The league and the rules have gotten out of hand. Replay, can’t replay, what is a catch, what is not a catch…
    It’s so simple to fix and THE main reason the League can’t get it right…
    Simplify the rules. Limit the challenges during the first 3 1/2 qtrs. And make everything challengable in the last 5 minutes of the game w/ a penalty of a timeout if wrong. If no timeouts 15 yds or :15 off the clock. Take the onfield refs out of it reviews. Done & done.

  3. I wish the chairman was Adam McKay instead of Rich McKay.

    Seth Rogen could do a better job than half of these NFL referees.

  4. Eventually the NFL will adopt the college replay system or something very similar. There is no need for a coach to throw a challenge flag. If the guys up in the booth see a missed call, they can immediately radio into the headset of the field officials, and the right call can be made instantly, before the ball ever stops rolling. No time wasted, and no missed calls. Most of the time, I can see the correct call within a couple seconds, from my living room couch. Three or4 guys up in the booth with 15 different angles and slow motion freeze frame can see it even better. No need to bother the coaches with officiating. They have enough to do already. They can still break for commercials, but it won’t be because of replay.

  5. .
    “[The Ravens] pushed it in the right direction, no question,” McKay said. “I give coach [John] Harbaugh a lot of credit.”

    McKay gave no credit to Bill Belichick who has pushed a similar proposal for years.
    .

  6. Something regarding which eight types of plays will not be subject to review would be helpful. It’s a big step in the right direction. They need to find as many ways to get the call right in the first place as possible and provide as many opportunities to address the failed ones as can reasonably be done without making the game appreciably longer. With the technology available it’s not unrealistic to expect them to either make the correct call or at least be able to correct the wrong ones in fairly short order. Just do what it takes to get it right.

  7. I heard that since his pumping in crowd noise didn’t help them win any games, and that he now has to give at least $1million back to the Armed Forces he took $ from for pretending to honor our troops overseas, Artie Blank has asked McKay to petition the league to allow his Atlanta Falcons to play all 16 games against the Browns so he can sell more $45000.00 PSLs to fans dumb enough to pay to watch his team.

    When McKay balked at the request, Artie simply asked, “What’s the harm in asking”?

  8. Change the pass interference penalty to a 15 yard from the line of scrimmage. 15 yards from the spot of the foul gives to much of an advantage to the office.

  9. much prefer the college system. Make a position for a video review official. Let him review the controversial calls and make a ruling one way or another. This would speed up the game so that the review official can review the play immediately!

  10. Why not expand the number of replays allowed by each team? That will mean longer games, more commercials and more revenue for the NFL.

  11. We all know who proposed that, and it wasn’t the Ravens. Next up, goal line cameras “as proposed by the Browns.”

  12. @thisonesforpat says:
    May 22, 2016 5:13 PM

    No one dislikes Dez Bryant more than I do, and THAT WAS A CATCH!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    However, by rule…since it was thrown by Tony Romo to Dez Bryant in the final 2 minutes of a road playoff game in Green Bay on a cold Sunday afternoon and Tony Romo couldn’t possibly win a playoff game…the play was reversed!!!

  13. It might become like NBA…go to the monitor at least a dozen times. It gets to the point where they (officials) don’t trust what they have seen.

  14. tmcb7 says:
    May 22, 2016 5:23 PM

    The league and the rules have gotten out of hand. Replay, can’t replay, what is a catch, what is not a catch…
    It’s so simple to fix and THE main reason the League can’t get it right…
    Simplify the rules. Limit the challenges during the first 3 1/2 qtrs. And make everything challengable in the last 5 minutes of the game w/ a penalty of a timeout if wrong. If no timeouts 15 yds or :15 off the clock. Take the onfield refs out of it reviews. Done & done.

    Yeah, because bad calls that affect the game NEVER happen in the first 87.5 percent of the game…

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