NFL plans to study making pass interference reviewable

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NFL coaches may be allowed to throw the challenge flag for pass interference penalties next season.

After a crucial non-call went against the Saints on Sunday, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that coaches’ challenges may be used on pass interference, and potentially other penalties, starting in the 2019 preseason.

It will be discussed at length along with additional fouls that coaches feel should be subject to review,” one source said.

That has been discussed before, and has been successfully implemented in the Canadian Football League, but it has never received the support from the required three-fourths of the owners to change any rule.

The bad call against the Saints could convince enough owners to reconsider that the rule could change this year. And it wouldn’t be surprising to see replay review considered for other fouls as well, including facemasking — which should have been called on a crucial Jared Goff run before the Rams settled for a field goal in the fourth quarter. It’s probably only a matter of time before replay review is routinely used to call penalties that the officials on the field missed.

106 responses to “NFL plans to study making pass interference reviewable

  1. If you can make pass interference reviewable, why not facemask calls? Why not roughing the passer?

    There were more game-changing blown calls in yesterday’s games than just the PI call.

  2. How about changing the OT rule. Having one team never possess the ball is not fair in any universe. It’s a very flawed rule. Where the game can basically be decided on a freaking coin toss. Freaking pathetic!!!

  3. Keep the same number of challenges and let DPI or non DPI be reviewable. It’s not hard.

    I’ve seen a CFL game with it and it works.

  4. Maybe we’ll see helmets with technology can detect a face mask grab. Anything to help the refs do their job isn’t such a bad thing.

  5. I don’t think there is enough cameras to cover everything up close with different angles. Plus, on every play there is contact (will this include off ball penalties?). This will result in nonstop reviews of both offensive and defensive PI. As The Beatles sing it, ‘It’s all too much.”

  6. And make it 15 yards instead of a spot foul. There is no guarantee that every catch will be made.

    Besides the fact that the officials missed the call one of my biggest complaints is that the same guys make the screw ups every season, there is no accountability. I won’t go so far as to he should be fired but Bill Vinovich lost the priviledge of leading an officiating crew a long time ago. He saw that play last night, the corner end-zone camera shows him in the frame watching it!

  7. nice to see goodell give the chiefs two tds out of it
    last night on an illegal pick play and kelce’s push off with jackson’s arrogant penalty for def pi.

    people whilne about ne getting calls but the pats always get hosed to ge other team back into it.

  8. The problem with expanding review into judgment calls is that except for outright obvious blown calls (which this was) they end up replacing one iffy judgment call with another. And that does nothing except add to the perception the entire refereeing process is either corrupt or totally incompetent. Worst thing that can ever happen is to have a borderline call overruled with a different borderline call. That makes everybody watching the game question the entire process.

  9. It was a terrible call, but this is a knee jerk reaction. How many times have people complained about ticky tack interference penalties? People scream “let the players play”. If they start challenging interference calls, it will be a slippery slope. Watch Grok run routes during a game. He has players all over him almost every play (which rarely get called). If they are allowed to call interference plays by the letter of the law, the flood gates will open with reviews. Again, terrible call yesterday, but let’s not act like it’s every week. What’s next… challenging holding penalties on the interior because a defender clearly gets held and a running back is able to go for a long td run?

  10. What the should do is find the guy who didn’t make the right call in NO, and see why he screw up that call. Bill

  11. If the standard is indisputable video evidence, every play and penalty should be subject to review. Also, teams should be able to challenge until they get one wrong. Why should a team be penalized because the zebras keep making mistakes?? If its a “judgment call” then it would NOT be indisputable and will not be overturned. What am I missing????

  12. Or just hire full-time professional refs who are accountable for their work.

    Pay for it out of Goodell’s paycheck.

  13. As fans we just want them to get it right by any means necessary. That was travesty that Saints have to live with. Was waiting for first time ever to see ref stop the clock right before the next play drop the flag and correct horrific mistake. No one would have rightfully complained.

  14. Really? If that’s the case, you might as well make holding penalties reviewable. But why stop there? Add in face mask and delay of game penalties as well.

    At some point, when is it enough?

  15. Throw the flag if it’s close. Allow for official or challenge flag reviews. 4 reviews total per team. Lose a challenge & a timeout if you’re wrong. But,

    Where do you draw the line? We’ve all seen that coverage without contact is near impossible. There are PI’s on every play. Holding, every play. Or,

    Ref Penalties. Review each game. Suspensions?

  16. I would think New England would be against this policy. Think about it. How many games has New England lost because of bad calls. How many games has New England won because of bad calls. Just saying

  17. Justin Morris says:
    January 21, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    How about changing the OT rule. Having one team never possess the ball is not fair in any universe. It’s a very flawed rule. Where the game can basically be decided on a freaking coin toss. Freaking pathetic!!!
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    maybe … but it was much worse before when you could kick a FG and it’s over.

  18. Just make every play review-able and give each head coach an extra challenge flag, 4 total. Wrong calls go against the ref that made the call. So many wrong calls in a season equals temporary suspension.

  19. While the call was missed… at regular speed I can understand why the refs, could have felt the ball was tipped as the defender made the play on the QB.

    There was a point in the NE KC game where there was like 3 or 4 review over the span of 7 splays starting with the punt return. Or at least it felt as such.

  20. dcnupe3 says:
    January 21, 2019 at 12:50 pm
    Really? If that’s the case, you might as well make holding penalties reviewable. But why stop there? Add in face mask and delay of game penalties as well.

    At some point, when is it enough?

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    Finally, we agree on something. Good luck to the Rams in the Superbowl!

  21. Dumb.

    It is a subjective call, interpreted differently every game and, alas, within games.

    Do we really want NFL NY deciding games with their own interpretation on a key play?

  22. Why cant they just add a ref that is watching the game live and can reverse ref mistakes that are deemed obvious. Not an official review that takes 5 mins to confirm but obvious mistakes that can be seen live without slow motion replays.

  23. Both teams in larger market got extra chance due to bad calls/no calls. NFL needs to let everything be reviewed to get it right. Obvious calls not made or give away calls makes it clear the idea of new teams isn’t as important as large city and number of tv’s involved.

  24. The Saints got screwed, I get it. It happens. Can’t believe the overreacting. The league needs to make the games shorter not review every play. There’s got to be a way to make a massive error challengeable under the current system.

  25. Save it. No matter what this has shown with not one but 2 officials feet away that this call should’ve been made and it wasn’t. This league isn’t sports. This is sports entertainment. The WWEFL is real.

  26. Until every play is reviewable – this is nothing but a “feel-good” at the moment discussion!
    The reality is that human beings make mistakes even with video to replay & judge.
    Another example is Edeleman’s “fumble” on a punt against KC – initially it was ruled a fumble & HAD he made an attempt to recover it that action may have caused it to been upheld in the booth, however there was NOTHING shown from multiple angles to prove it touched him & the ball never changed trajectory so it was overturned and in the end a good call from the booth contrary to what KC fans think.

  27. While I agree that the missed call yesterday was awful, I don’t think they should be able to review missed calls. There are missed calls on almost every play. Maybe they should be allowed to change their call if they see a quick replay, but we don’t need more lengthy stoppages to review every single play. It sounds nice, but it would be annoying.

  28. No matter what the changes to the officiating system are, the refs directly responsible for botching the pass interference call need to be fired. There has to be accountability to the players and fans if the league wants to protect itself from appropriate – until there is accountability – accusations of the NFL being “rigged.”

  29. The facemask on Goff should have been a penalty, and one that would have given the Rams 1st and Goal from the 2-yard line.

    Yes, the no-call was bad at the end, but so were the other no-calls. At least they were consistent.

  30. Maybe the 345 Park Ave Cartel changed the DPI rules the day before the Championship games were played.
    Just like they changed the rules defining what a ‘catch’ is the day before the Superbowl last year.

  31. kevines255 says:
    January 21, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    I guess Saints fans forgot about the PI non-call against the Vikings in OT in 2009…
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    And that is pertinent to last’s night blown call how exactly?

  32. There were several missed calls yesterday, but that Saints call was the worst. Everyone saw it except the “inept” referee, it was bad.

  33. The best fix would be make it a 15 yard penalty. How many teams are really trying to connect 60 yard passes. They throw those passes knowing a pass interference call is the most likely outcome.

  34. This is a slippery slope. Next we’ll stop action for missed face masking calls, false starts, D-linemen lined up in the neutral zone, too many on the field, time clock expiring before the snap and of course….PI on virtually every pass.

    No thanks. I’ll take the occasional blown call like this versus ruining the flow of the game.

  35. It won’t work…by rule you shouldn’t make contact after 5 yards. Almost every play would be P.I. on review because of hand battling, hip checking. Sometimes refs let both sides be a little extra physical, so how can you account for that…it will result in a new pass interference definition/rule. I get that last night was a horrible mistake, but this will go badly. If refs just do their jobs it wouldn’t be an issue. The game will be stopped on every play within the last two minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters.

  36. No tears for the Saints or their fans. And definitely no tears for the classless, man-baby Sean Payton. He allowed Bountygate under his watch. Illegally targeted Brett Favre and received several gifts during the 2009 NFC Championship game versus the Vikings. The phantom PI call against Ben Leber that kept the Saints game winning drive in OT was just as egregious.

  37. Vikings have to get over the 2009 PI. The NFL review the game afterwards and said the PI occurred before you see the Saints receiver fall. The defender, with his back to Brees and no clue where the ball was, steps on the receivers foot, causing the receiver to fall. You can continue to believe what you need to, but the awful truth is that it really was a penalty.

  38. This needs a little more thought to it than just making PI calls reviewable. It would be more important to arrive to a more black and white distinction of what PI is and what is not. While the NFCC game was a screaming outlier of bad officiating, for one such call there are hundreds in NFL games that could-have-been vs should-not-have-been PI. And while these are more subtle to judge, their consequences could be equally serious for game outcomes.
    I don’t want to bore this forum with my opinion on how PI should by defined, but making the rule simpler – beyond just making it reviewable – is essential to avoid the next NFL officiating mess in the 19/20 season.

  39. That call is “pertinent” because the same team/fanbase did not complain or forfeit the win.How many of you “change the rules”have had their favorite team win on a bad call,flip of a coin in OT,catch no catch,phantom offsides/holding/facemask etc.??Please show us the post ,when the team you wanted to win won that game,where you screamed for “rule changes”?Did not think so.Hypocrites.

  40. The replay system is, in a way, broken. They need to do something along the lines of Belichick’s proposal. But, there is a fine line between being a good thing, and having too much of a good thing. There should be a hard time limit for replay challenges. They supposedly have one now, but it does not appear to be enforced. Also, why does the on field ref even waste time looking at the replay? The decision should just be radioed in to the head ref. LOL, according to the NFL the average replay in 2017 lasted 1:44. All I can say about that is, it was significantly longer in games that I watched, and I watch a lot of football.

  41. The NFL has been in existence for how many years yet they still can’t get it right. Just go ahead and say it. There are gonna continue to be bad calls that change outcomes of games like both the games yesterday. Leaving more fans upset and losing more fans throughout the league.

  42. Vikings have to get over the 2009 PI. The NFL review the game afterwards and said the PI occurred before you see the Saints receiver fall. The defender, with his back to Brees and no clue where the ball was, steps on the receivers foot, causing the receiver to fall. You can continue to believe what you need to, but the awful truth is that it really was a penalty.

    Good luck with that..they will never get over ,they still have gotten over the 75 playoff game vs the Cowboys.

  43. No tears for the Saints or their fans. And definitely no tears for the classless, man-baby Sean Payton. He allowed Bountygate under his watch. Illegally targeted Brett Favre and received several gifts during the 2009 NFC Championship game versus the Vikings. The phantom PI call against Ben Leber that kept the Saints game winning drive in OT was just as egregious.

    Brett Favre doesn’t care..he’s a Saints fan anyway,and he’s quite happy with the Super Bowl ring he has.

  44. Just think Sean. If PI was reviewable you never would have had the #1 seed in the first place.
    But then again, I didn’t see you campaigning for a review process when the Haden was getting flagged.
    Hypocrites….

  45. Helmet to helmet hit should be subject to unlimited review. If a team is out of reviews they should still be able to challenge that, and if wrong, let them lose 5 yards. Thats called putting player safety first. All turnovers and scores are subject to automatic review, but you know what is more important than scores and possessions? Human beings brains.

  46. It needs to be all personal fouls, roughing, or PI calls. You can’t review Holding calls as those really do happen on every single play.

  47. How long before the NFL fines/penalizes the Saints for allowing their fans to blow whistles all night long?
    To me that is big of an issue as the blown call. That is not allowed in NFL stadiums and the Saints did nothing about it. Should have been a 15 yard penalty every time it happened.

  48. While they’re at it, someone needs to come up with some new video technology to make the reviews easier. Even in HD, some of those reviews yesterday were so grainy you still couldn’t tell for sure.

  49. jman967 says:
    January 21, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    How long before the NFL fines/penalizes the Saints for allowing their fans to blow whistles all night long?
    To me that is big of an issue as the blown call. That is not allowed in NFL stadiums and the Saints did nothing about it. Should have been a 15 yard penalty every time it happened.

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    Agree, that was completely ridiculous. In addition, I don’t think any type of artificial noisemaker should be allowed to be used during game play.

  50. In reality….instead of the Saints getting screwed…the RAMS almost got screwed. That missed face mask call was a difference maker as well.

  51. Justin Morris says:

    January 21, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    How about changing the OT rule. Having one team never possess the ball is not fair in any universe. It’s a very flawed rule. Where the game can basically be decided on a freaking coin toss. Freaking pathetic!!!

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    Suppose the Chiefs won the coin toss, took possession first, and marched right down the field and scored…and the Patriots never got to touch the ball? Would you still be suggesting the OT rules be changed? I’ll bet the answer is “no.”

  52. The game will improve when fans stop watching. That is what it will take to clean up the mess that the NFL has become, and force the NFL to get its act together.

    You can’t make everything reviewable. It has been said that holding could be called on every play. Every time a team scores there would be some sort of challenge for holding.

    What needs to happen is to have reviews on pivotal moments of the game. Reviewing penalty calls on a third down that results in a first down. Those penalty calls give the refs too much power, and if they get it wrong can affect the game.

  53. bradygirl12 said:
    “Suppose the Chiefs won the coin toss, took possession first, and marched right down the field and scored…and the Patriots never got to touch the ball? Would you still be suggesting the OT rules be changed? I’ll bet the answer is “no.”

    And then you would be making that posters argument that both teams should possess the ball in overtime, which they should.

  54. Yes it was a bad call but the better team won. Rams defense stuffed the Saints all game after the first quarter. I would argue that if the call was made, and the saints are able to kick the field goal, then the better team would not have won. Rams were the better team. Deal with it.

  55. This needs to extend beyond pass interference and allow “subjective” personal foul calls like “Roughing the QB” and “helmet to helmet” calls that get blown by the officials in real time.

  56. dcnupe3 says:
    January 21, 2019 at 12:50 pm
    Really? If that’s the case, you might as well make holding penalties reviewable. But why stop there? Add in face mask and delay of game penalties as well.

    At some point, when is it enough?

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    PI is a total game changing type penalty in any game, or in this case, a season changing penalty. Holding is not.

  57. How about make it like college. If it’s a 15 yard penalty offensive PI why is the defense spot of the foul?

  58. Where the game can basically be decided on a freaking coin toss. Freaking pathetic!!!
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    This comment is very true. The NFl has had it wrong for years and certain teams like New England has benefited from it.

  59. In 2009, didn’t the Saints go to the super bowl based on a blatant non-call in the NFC Championship game? It happens, get over it and next time don’t put yourself in a position where a game is close enough to be lost by one bad call.

  60. Here’s a better idea….get better training for the referees!
    Spring for some VR and use it to train and test them!
    This is pro football, being umpired by part timers.
    Make it a high paying job to get the very best, and train them all year long. The trouble with the NFL is greedy owners who can make money by putting crappy product on the field. Witness the joke that is the pro bowl.

  61. sdcharger123 says: “Complete officiating overhaul. Take some of Goodell’s millions and get fulltime officials. Fine them for bad calls like you do players for bad hits.”
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    Please explain how a full-time official helps. DPI isn’t some obscure rule. Side Judge Cavaletto has been an official since 2003 and done 240 games, which is about 28,800 plays in his NFL career. Pretty sure he just missed the call.

    Players make lots of BAD PLAYS like missing a blocking assignment or running the wrong route. They don’t get fined for mistakes. BAD HITS are dangerous and illegal and deserved to be fined.

  62. Too little, too late. Fire the officiating crew and pay the Saints the winners share. In this litigation society, the Saints should sue the league.

  63. How about changing the OT rule. Having one team never possess the ball is not fair in any universe. It’s a very flawed rule. Where the game can basically be decided on a freaking coin toss. Freaking pathetic!!!

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    The OT isn’t decided by a coin flip. It’s decided on whether or not your defense can stop the other team from scoring a TD. Pretty simple. Hold your opponent to a FG or less and you get a shot at winning. You give up a TD you go home. Last time I checked this game had an offense and a defense for both teams. Your suggested change to the rule basically says give all offenses a chance, or favors teams with bad defenses (or coaches that don’t use their timeouts in OT when their defense is exhausted).

  64. Besides that one non-call, I think that the Rams played slightly better than the Saints. The ball would never had been caught, either way, the defender was in perfect position. Even though I was rooting against them, hats off to the Rams.

  65. Skolirish says:
    January 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    it’s called karma Payton, ten years later

    He got one more super bowl that year than the skol crew did in 60, I’d say he’s ok.

  66. The simple solution is to keep the challenges at 2…and challenge anything…however, implementation and unintended consequences will be an issue…like if a team is hurrying up and running out of time and their coach throws an arbitrary flag…also works in reverse on defense and you’re out of timeouts…that may be the answer: you have to have timeouts left

  67. Excessive roughness penalties should be reviewable too. It is 15 yards and often game changing. If the call is a bad one, then it can change the outcome of a game.

  68. The saints lost this game period. After the now infamous no call they did not stop the rams from marching downfield to kick the game tying field goal. Then in overtime dante fowler caused dree brees to throw a duck that was intercepted. Then the let the rams march downfield to kick the game winning field goal. So thats how the saints won. Get over it haters. Rams deserved the win because the earned it,

  69. Why should a team be penalized for catching a refs bad calls multiple times?
    If they screw up twice and a coaches challenge results in a reversal the refs get to freely screw up calls against that team for the rest of the game?
    The first two reversals kind of show the refs are at minimum “having a bad day.” It doesn’t lead one to believe that its more likely they will screw up again? But since the coach caught them twice the refs instead get a free pass.

    Why not you get a minimum of two challenges (like now) and no maximum until the coach is wrong?

  70. How can you challenge a foul that wasn’t called? Do you throw the challenge flag and tell the ref to review something that wasn’t called in the first place? What kind of can of worms will that open? Yes, this was an egregeous error and I’m sure the zebras had eyes on it. This wasn’t a missed holding penalty in the middle of the scrimmage line scrum. But how can you ask for a review of something that was never flagged?

  71. Somewhat similar to the dreaded ‘was it a completed catch or not reviews’ I would only review PI (defensive or offensive PI) if the play occured within the red zone at or under 2 mins remaining. Defensive or offensive PI that is considered ‘away from the play’ should not be reviewable under the same conditions.

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