Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t want pass interference to be reviewable

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Wide receivers might benefit if pass interference became a reviewable penalty, but one of the best wide receivers in the business doesn’t want that to happen.

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said today at a pre-Super Bowl event at Georgia Tech that he doesn’t want to see instant replay used on pass interference, even though it could have fixed the missed call in the NFC Championship Game.

“I personally don’t believe there should be review of plays like that. It’s a bang-bang play,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s very subjective, it’s happening so fast, these officials are put in really tough positions. I just don’t think we should do that.”

Fitzgerald said that if anything, he’d like to see pass interference become a less significant penalty by capping the yardage at 15 yards, as is the case in college football.

“Pass interference . . . 40 yards downfield shouldn’t be a 40-yard penalty,” Fitzgerald said.

That’s a surprising stance for a wide receiver, but he proposed a deal he’d like to strike: In exchange for changing pass interference, which benefits the defense, give the offense an advantage by changing the rule that makes a fumble into the end zone a touchback, and allow the offense to retain possession. That proposal from Fitzgerald drew a round of applause from those gathered at the event in Atlanta.

57 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t want pass interference to be reviewable

  1. Well it should be reviewable why shouldn’t it? and the wams shouldn’t even be in the superbowl. I’m already getting prepared for a 34-31 direct hit for the pats Beating the wams

  2. Pass interference needs to be a big play because it stops big plays. Better to knock a guy down instead of potentially give up a spectacular 30 yard catch. No thanks.

  3. First of all, that play was no subjective or bang bang. The defender arrived well before the ball and crushed the defenseless receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

    Second, PI review wouldn’t solve this issue anyway, so why are we even talking about it. You can’t review a call that wasn’t made.

    The solution for blatant missed calls is a video ref watching what the fans are seeing.

  4. You’d see a lot of intentional pass interference when the defender is beat. All it costs him is the equivalent of a roughing the passer, etc.

  5. “I personally don’t believe there should be review of plays like that. It’s a bang-bang play,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s very subjective, it’s happening so fast, these officials are put in really tough positions. I just don’t think we should do that.”
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    I believe he just gave a compelling argument for why PI should be reviewable.

  6. “Pass interference needs to be a big play because it stops big plays. Better to knock a guy down instead of potentially give up a spectacular 30 yard catch. No thanks.”

    The reason it should be 15 yards is because of the problem we’re talking about. It’s a bang bang play. I’ve seen 75 yard PI calls that just weren’t there. So this would mitigate that problem.

    As far as what happened to the Saints that was one of the worst calls in history. That’s not going to happen every game and reviewing PI calls would slow the game down even more, the owners don’t mind that’s more room for advertising.

  7. I am surprised Larry would say something so dumb. Pass interference 40 yards downfield should absolutely be a 40 yard penalty, otherwise DB’s will just start blatantly mug the receiver if it’s only 15 yards

  8. PI should be a 15 yard penalty totally agree with that. There would be a lot less of throw it up for 40 yards and hope for the PI not the catch.

  9. Guaranteed if the penalty is dropped to 15 yards, there will be serious mugging going an after the receiver beats the safety/cb at 20 yards. The Rams/Saints no-call proved that when beaten, defensive secondary players will do whatever it takes to prevent a td. I would presume they are coached to do that. If I were a coach, I would coach my players to do it.

  10. People that are saying pass interference should not be reviewable are idiots. After what happened in the NFC Championship game, I’m all for it being reviewed

  11. joejoedancer55 says:
    February 2, 2019 at 11:53 am
    I am surprised Larry would say something so dumb. Pass interference 40 yards downfield should absolutely be a 40 yard penalty, otherwise DB’s will just start blatantly mug the receiver if it’s only 15 yards

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    Possibly but there is no guarantee that the receiver would even catch the ball 40 yards downfield if he wasn’t mugged.

  12. All the down thumbs on capping PI to 15 yards are from the Pats fans. It’s Tommy’s go to when his noodle arm isn’t working quite right and his team gets down 10-14 points. I call it every time. ‘Welp, here comes the sideline huck up fade for a 35 yard penalty!’ It’s one of their favorite play calls when in a pickle.

  13. To be fair…that non call didn’t need a review…Robey-Coleman admitted it was gonna be a TD…if he doesn’t fully sprint…he doesn’t make it there…no time to even look back…Still no word about the money change over had the Saints won and not the Rams…

  14. So if everyone is so concerned about the defensive PI call to stay they same Then how come if there is offensive PI doe the defnse not just get the ball. I totally agree with larry Fitzerald

  15. Only problem I see with the long PI being a 15 yard penalty is that defenders will just wipe out receivers versus getting beat long, will seriously compromise the > 20 yard chunk plays. I like the fumble into the end zone idea, it is absurd as is! What about extending the contact zone to ten yards instead of five, might even up the playing field about. All calls need to be reviewable,OBVIOUSLY!

  16. P.I. doesn’t have to be reviewable because the calls will start coming from the video refs that are in the booth radioing into the on-field ref’s earpiece. That rule change is right around the corner, and will apply to every play. That way, they’ll get the calls right the first time and they won’t need to be corrected by a time consuming replay review. As far as fumbles into the end zone, maybe they can tweak that by giving the offense the ball at the 20 yard line with an automatic 4th and goal from the twenty, regardless of what down the fumble occurred. They’ll still have a 37 yard field goal attempt, or a small chance at a TD. You still don’t want to reward a team for a fumble. It’s easy enough to score already.

  17. madetoshade says:
    you’d have a lot of intentional fumbles into the end zone of the offense gets the keep the ball.

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    Offense can’t advance the ball on a fumble AND the offense wouldn’t automatically get the ball when fumbled into the end zone, only if it rolls out of bounds in the end zone. Your comment makes no sense with this context.

  18. Players are not going to change that much. It is ridiculous to call those who disagree idiots simply because you think you’reeihjt without proof. There are more big plays in college football, yet they have the 15 yard cap. All the loudmouths staying their knowledge don’t even think that any player who gets many PIs is probably losing his job. These players are not going to stop trying to not make blatant PI calls. Plus, it is a ridiculous argument without an analysis of how many deep ball TDS result from a player clearly getting beat while in man to man. If a safety is beat and cannot get there for the PBU, he ain’t getting there for the PI. And if a corner knows he’s beat, he’s generally beat in the first 20 yards. If he hooks a dude who got past him, he’s doing that in that first few seconds or he’s in stride trying to INT. Most INTs are not as obvious as the one against NO. Most are like holding by the line—happen every play and would just create more debates and slow downs.

  19. I agree with Fitz! Pass interference should be a 15 penalty for both offensive and defense. I never understood how it’s 10 yards for offensive pass interferences

  20. jackedupboonie says:February 2, 2019 at 12:49 pm
    “All the down thumbs on capping PI to 15 yards are from the Pats fans. It’s Tommy’s go to when his noodle arm isn’t working quite right and his team gets down 10-14 points. I call it every time. ‘Welp, here comes the sideline huck up fade for a 35 yard penalty!’ It’s one of their favorite play calls when in a pickle.”

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    Isn’t that playing smart football? Take advantage whatever the rules give you. Dumb meatheads lose games because they don’t know how to adjust!

  21. Coaches should go through a concussion protocol every time they call a pass play instead of a running play which would run out the clock and win.

  22. joejoedancer55 says:
    February 2, 2019 at 11:53 am
    I am surprised Larry would say something so dumb. Pass interference 40 yards downfield should absolutely be a 40 yard penalty, otherwise DB’s will just start blatantly mug the receiver if it’s only 15 yards
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    I get your argument. However, there’s many instances where wide open receivers have dropped passes. Even in the end zone.

    If we want this enforced, I’d like to see the enforcement of receivers pushing off the defender. Receivers are taught not to extend the arm. However, even the slightest push, without arm extension, is still OPI. Yet it’s never called.

    I’m in favour of the 15 yard penalty for PI. Why? All a receiver has to do is stop his route. Get hit by the defender, and a flag is thrown.

  23. This is the equivalent of a 75 year old congressman introducing legislation on his way out of office that is gonna bone the next 4 generations of people

  24. People cutting on Larry Fitz. Smh.

    This is why you failed at life and are miserable. Meanwhile, Larry is highly successful and living the dream.

    I 100% agree with Larry on this. These are not robots making calls nor robots playing the game. There are going to be subjective calls made in every game. It’s always been a part of the game and won’t change.

  25. Yea except as a former DB if I feel there is a chance in hell im beat deep & I’m only losing 15 yards I’m tackling your ass. As for the fumble if it goes through the end zone & it is past the LOS it should be a touchback given to the offense.

  26. I want pass interference and excessive roughness calls to be reviewable. Nevertheless, it won’t “fix” the non-call in the LAmbs-Saints game because no call was made on the play. If there was no call, then it is not reviewable unless the league enacts a new rule to make non-calls challengeable. If where they spot the ball (a judgment call) is reviewable right now, I see no reason why other judgment calls, such as pass interference and excessive roughness, should not be reviewable. Just keep the number of challenges the same, and let the coach decide which call he wants to challenge, and the game will not be delayed too severely.

  27. It should be capped at 15 yards. All you people saying the DB would just mug him when they are beat are a bit delusional. You think just giving up 15 yard penalties is an effective defensive strategy?

  28. freefromwhatyouare says:
    February 2, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    People cutting on Larry Fitz. Smh.

    This is why you failed at life and are miserable. Meanwhile, Larry is highly successful and living the dream.

    I 100% agree with Larry on this. These are not robots making calls nor robots playing the game. There are going to be subjective calls made in every game. It’s always been a part of the game and won’t change.
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    You’re presumptions are weak. Just because someone isn’t a pro athlete doesn’t mean they “failed at life, and are miserable”. If that’s the case, you failed to!

  29. I’d like to allow the coaches the ability to review any play for any penalty, but that be a more significant penalty (not just losing the ability to challenge), like a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct for delay of game. The problem is with TV, and the timing of when they show a replay and where the cameras are pointing. We have seen this hundreds of times where the camera may have captured a significant play (like a dropped pass), but for whatever reason, the announcers don’t catch it or the director does not cut and replay it immediately. This delay allows the offending team (if on offense) to hurry up to the LOS and start a new play (they have also used it to bait coaches into throwing their flag when they should have held it). But without a timely replay (and/or different camera angles being shown quickly), the play moves on. Every play cannot be reviewed during a game (the game would last 4 hours).

  30. At what point would the review begin, at the snap? Wouldn’t you have to review the entire route run by the WR to see if he committed Offensive PI at any point to create a reaction by defense to commit PI?

    That Saints v Rams call stinks for NOLA, but we can’t have 5-7 hour games. Gotta figure a better way to use technology with officials.

  31. I agree with Larry. If a guy starts taking the foul, more often than not, it is a technique problem, and he is going to get benched.

    The Saints play was more of a personal foul than pass interference.

  32. I don’t think there should even be a penalty called pass interference. Since both offense and defense are pushing off these days, let the play be a real test of who has skills of coverage. And since QB’s are protected, let the QB do some work to find open receivers and if there is contact or knock downs, oh well. Snowflakes need to grow up. And if either player is too lazy to get off the ground, then let it be. A player who is knocked down actually has more of a chance to complete a pass or to intercept if he plays his cards right.

  33. The defensive PI penalty is crazy I think they should make it even both way…. EXAMPLE: If its offensive PI 40 yards down the field the offense gets penalized 40 yards so offensive PI on 1st & 10 on the 50 becomes 2nd & 50 from the 10 yard line. If you don’t think thats fair than the rule as is also is not fair. Offensive players can takeaway a clear INT by interfering and only risk a 15 yard penalty as the defender loses all the yardage by interfering. Hope that makes sense. And lets review all calls both ways

  34. seanhawk80 says:
    February 2, 2019 at 1:58 pm
    Whatta company man! Keep up the good work Lar and congrats on retiring having never won the big game!
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    Neither did #80. Dont slight the career of an individual in a team first profession.

    Larry is not only an outstanding player, he’s an outstanding person!

    And I’m a Seahawks fan as well.

    P.S. your comments make you look foolish.

  35. I think it should only be available if the defender never turned around. thats why people are pretty much mad. because the ram was essentially mugging the wr trying to save the td and knew it too except for the one ref that is supposed to be looking at it all the way. otherwise, you can’t open this box of craziness.

  36. This is probably because Larry Fitzgerald is one of the best WRs in the history of the NFL at getting away with PI and not getting the Refs to notice nor call it.

    And honestly I can’t even be mad at Fitzgerald about it, because watching Fitzgerald do it, it’s a beautiful art that I’ve never seen anyone do it better.

  37. Great dude.. but the play in the NFC Championship game was not even close to bang-bang. There were 75000 people in that stadium and EVERYBODY, including the Rams fans who were sitting near me, thought it was clearly pass interference. There were only 2 people who didn’t think it was, the 2 who get paid to see it and call it.

  38. Finally, somebody with a brain. There is to much replay as it is. Get rid of replay all together. It slows down the game way too much.

  39. Rate This
    kevines255 says:
    February 2, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    It should be capped at 15 yards. All you people saying the DB would just mug him when they are beat are a bit delusional. You think just giving up 15 yard penalties is an effective defensive strategy?

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    …and first down.

  40. kevines255 says:
    February 2, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    It should be capped at 15 yards. All you people saying the DB would just mug him when they are beat are a bit delusional. You think just giving up 15 yard penalties is an effective defensive strategy?

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    I’d give up 15 yards and a 1st down anytime over 15 yards and touchdown…

    Just like the Rams player mugged the Saints player because he thought he was beat for a touchdown, so he did mug him for what should have been a PI.

  41. Fitz should run the world, and when we struggle with a decision we should have all been taught to ask ourselves, “What would Fitz do?”.

  42. Aside from his judgement that the play in the Rams/Saints game was a “bang-bang” play, I don’t disagree with much that he said.

    I think there is an argument to made that “bang-bang” plays are exactly the type of the plays that should benefit from replay because it mitigates subjective outcomes. I mean we’ve seen what can happen, correct?

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