Sean Payton on expanding replay: I think we got it right

AP

Sean Payton could have performed a victory dance after NFL owners voted to expand replay Tuesday night. He didn’t.

Or at least not in his post-vote interviews.

“I think it’s more about the football element [than a personal victory],” said Payton, a member of the Competition Committee. “Honestly, when you’re on this Committee, you really try to look more toward the history of the game. I just pulled up copies of what was the 6B, 6A, all these other [proposals] we’re not using to look at some day and be like, ah, these are the ones that didn’t pass. I think it’s more of that ‘owe it to the game’ that we have responsibility, and really, I mean that. This isn’t going to be perfect always, and we know that. The mere shape of the ball tells you it’s not going to bounce the same way. But these are fouls that the analysts are able to point and say, ‘Hey, they’re the most impactful fouls.’ I think we got it right.”

The Saints coach spoke up Monday when it appeared owners might do nothing to expand replay. He warned that if the league didn’t make a change to address the non-call in the NFC Championship Game “then ownership is saying they’re comfortable with what happened.”

After much back and forth — Payton said they went “around the Grand Canyon” in their discussions — coaches convinced owners to pass a one-year trial expanding reviewable plays to include offensive and defensive pass interference, called or not on the field.

“I think one of the challenges was the amount of proposals that we were discussing,” Payton said. “If we’re discussing five different items in the menu, it’s hard to get focused. This one, pretty much after the a.m. meeting, we went back in as a Committee and really started hashing through. We didn’t like with one of them what we did like with the other. Coaches met for a long time yesterday. I thought we had great discussion. Really, essentially after that meeting at lunch time, we felt this was going to be one. We didn’t want games ending with coaches throwing challenges on Hail Marys and all of that. We were respectful of how we watch a game today. We had the ability within the system [to fix it]. We know [coaches have] two challenges, and if you get them right, you have a third and you’re north of two minutes and you feel like there’s been a foul, you can challenge that. South of two minutes, the replay official takes on that responsibility. I think it fit with a system we know and a system the fans know. Obviously there are certain calls it doesn’t address, but at least we can begin to look at this as we move forward. I think everyone was excited that we arrived at a good answer.”

50 responses to “Sean Payton on expanding replay: I think we got it right

  1. Now if he can get the Competition Committee to help his defense not give up a game-tying drive with a minute left or help Drew Brees to not throw interceptions in overtime he’ll be set!

  2. You do also realize Brees was hit in the helmet on that int right? Give it a rest, sean & co is just making sure it doesnt happen to your team as well

  3. They should review the bounty rules while they’re at it. Make sure it’s sufficient.

  4. League wide each team has had these calls go against them. The Rams were penalized more than the Saints in the NFCCG. The play which gained hype from the in-game commentators and subsequent crybabies, was not even catchable. As soon as we start reviewing non-calls, the game as we know it is done.

  5. Will they review grabbing the face mask?……. just saying that call would have impacted the game.

  6. Replay makes watching games less enjoyable. It requires you to suspend your joy after a play until you see the replay. Once you see the replay, the joy that you suspended does not return. Instead it is replaced with (at best) relief, or (at worst) disappointment. It literally takes the joy out of the game!

  7. It would be so ironic if next year the Saints are in a similar spot and the opposing team calls for a replay review and the Saints have the call go against them and the play is reversed on replay ? Then, Payton will say “ we need to go back to the old way of replay”.

  8. You do also realize Brees was hit in the helmet on that int right?

    I’m not sure I’ve heard that excuse yet. I’ll have to add it to the long list of why the saints didn’t make it! And not a single one of them is their fault, go figure!

  9. I think the standard for calling a Pass Interference penalty via a coaches challenge is going to have to be extraordinarily high. What we don’t want is coaches throwing challenge flags for PI penalties all the time. Especially if that becomes the primary use for the challenge flag.

    PI penalties already have a huge impact on the game and I don’t want to see that grow even higher.

    I am a Saints fan, but that doesn’t and shouldn’t have any bearing on whether I am in favor of this rule or not.

    In the end I think it’s a 1 year proposal that will almost certainly be removed from the game after this year. Mainly because coaches will abuse it and every game will consist of every coach using every challenge flag they have.

    Whereas the average number of challenges over the past few seasons have probably been fewer than 1 per team per game. I don’t know the exact numbers, but they aren’t used with great frequency.

    I just would hate to see a team get a defensive stop on 4th down and then the coach challenges for DPI on the play and a play that could’ve gone either way is changed on replay.

    We definitely do not want a situation where fans have to wait even longer to celebrate a big play. Having to make sure that not only are there no flags on the field, but that there are no potential penalties that could be called after a challenge.

    The Saints were definitely screwed by a bad call in the NFCCG. That being said there is a tendency to change rules every year after something controversial happens in the playoffs.

    The whole change to the catch rule where now the ball is allowed to touch the ground because of one stupid play in the Titans v Rams SuperBowl is ridiculous. In my opinion rule changes that come as a result of one high profile post season error or controversy are not good for the game of football.

    Just like rule changes that result from one high profile player (QB) being injured are not good for the game of football.

  10. So let me get this straight…….we should now applaud the NFL Leadership for actually spending a few days working through a obviously broken process and coming to some sort of improvement initiative agreement.

    There is a reason long time fans like me no longer sit through the endless stream of penalties and commercials….I have better things to do……like watch college football.

  11. The amount of excuses some people will make to defend an obvious mistake astounds me. Really? You can point out all the other things that happened during the game as much as you want, but the fact remains. The refs missed something. It was impactful. Why are you peopel SO insistent that happens again? Maybe the Saints win, maybe they lose, Drew Brees threw a pick, the Saints defense is terrible, there was another facemask/holding/whatever other missed call, whatever-the question still stands. Did the refs mess up or not? Yes or no? Why in the world do you want that to be allowed to happen again?

  12. @coloradofort ;
    I used to LOVE watching college football but are you serious?? EVERY call is practically reviewed in college. Those games are close to 4 hours. It’s absurd.

  13. “I think it’s more about the football element [than a personal victory],” – Boom. That’s the key right there; to make sure this doesn’t happen to ANY team again, not just his team. I can’t believe they were that close to not doing anything about the non-calls. With legalized betting now in many states, the NFL needs to ensure as much fairness and integrity as possible so they don’t get sued and then congress sticks its considerable nose in it. You know what could shorten the games? Get rid of some of these commercial breaks, it’s ridiculous. Getting it right is more important.

  14. It’s not that I disagree with this change and the idea, generally, of getting the call right. But why is a known cheater like Sean Payton, on the competition committee. It’s just like with the players. If they have talent too much is overlooked.

  15. Competition Committee. Right. Thanks for the laugh. Until the league moves to full-time, professional referees, everything else is just a bunch of word salad garbage. The game doesn’t need more rules to expose ineptitude that is already evident.

  16. Not terrible atleast they did something. Would’ve preferred holding in there too. That is the second worst.

  17. horrible reviewing pass interference calls is like reviewing shooting fouls in NBA. if we really need to get it right then have a guy in the booth and review every play. don’t want to miss any holding calls either. hate the direction the NFL is going

  18. I would rather watch one of these mistakes happen once every 15 years than an additional 15,000 commercials in 15 years

  19. There will still be coaches and teams who think they were robbed by the replay official. The NFL did just fine for decades without extra super slow motion debates. This will suck.

  20. Ivan Colon says:
    March 27, 2019 at 7:17 am
    Not terrible atleast they did something. Would’ve preferred holding in there too.
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    Please, no. There is holding on every play.

  21. Thank goodness the NFL didn’t have these rules back in 2009/10 otherwise the Vikings would have rightly gone to the Super Bowl instead! Right Sean??
    I mean…that would be “getting it right”…Right?!

  22. I would rather watch one of these mistakes happen once every 15 years than an additional 15,000 commercials in 15 years
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    Sure you would……until it happens to YOUR team in a Conference Championship playoff game, while inside your opponent’s 20 yard line with a minute and 1/2 left to play. When your WR gets DESTROYED by an OBVIOUS combo PI/helmet-2-helmet hit penalty and no-call is made, and your team is forced to take a FG instead of what would be the game-winning TD, sending your team to the Super Bowl……When that happens, come back and tell me how you care so much more about the pain of having to endure more TV commercials. Riiiiight….

  23. “Sure you would……until it happens to YOUR team in a Conference Championship playoff game, while inside your opponent’s 20 yard line with a minute and 1/2 left to play. When your WR gets DESTROYED by an OBVIOUS combo PI/helmet-2-helmet hit penalty and no-call is made, and your team is forced to take a FG instead of what would be the game-winning TD, sending your team to the Super Bowl……When that happens, come back and tell me how you care so much more about the pain of having to endure more TV commercials. Riiiiight….”
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    Riiiiight….kinda like watching the Saints benefit from non roughing the passer calls against Favre, and having the game handed to them in OT by a phantom PI call in the 2009/10 NFC Championship Game. Kinda like that!
    Or course, Payton and the Saints didn’t cry about all that back then because they got ushered right into the Super Bowl over the Vikings.

  24. Calls and no calls create great drama, they make great television, and create a captive audience up until the last whistle (which is what the NFL is selling to advertisers). At least now we can say that the league recognized an issue and is learning from it’s mistakes. I’m glad the coaches convinced the owners to implement this even on a “trial basis.” The public outcry was too big this time and some sort of action was needed to erase the unrest surrounding this and the possibility of a call or non call affecting the outcome of a Conference Championship again. Either way…Boo ref’s!

  25. Brees4President says:
    March 27, 2019 at 9:28 am
    I would rather watch one of these mistakes happen once every 15 years than an additional 15,000 commercials in 15 years
    **********************************************************************
    Sure you would……until it happens to YOUR team in a Conference Championship playoff game, while inside your opponent’s 20 yard line with a minute and 1/2 left to play. When your WR gets DESTROYED by an OBVIOUS combo PI/helmet-2-helmet hit penalty and no-call is made, and your team is forced to take a FG instead of what would be the game-winning TD, sending your team to the Super Bowl……When that happens, come back and tell me how you care so much more about the pain of having to endure more TV commercials. Riiiiight….

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    But the Saints still had the lead and then got the ball first in OT. The Saints lost because Brees choked

  26. Seems like another reactionary PR move rather than focusing on full time officials and improving the quality of the officiating. The issue with the NFC Championship Game was an awful officiating no call, not the replay rules….

  27. Fast forward a few months. Saints lose close game when replay calls a questionable penalty against them that the refs on the field hadn’t flagged. “This system is totally unfair” –Sean Payton

  28. As Peter King pointed out on Monday, there were only 24 incorrect DPI calls/non-calls in the three year period (2016-2018) out of the total 902 total called.

    That means the error rate is only 2.66% that the call will be overturned. Do we really need to sit through dozens of 4-minute replay reviews just to confirm 97.33% were correctly called (or not enough to overturn?)

    Defense coaches will intentionally throw challenge flags just to get the 4-minute replay review to kill whatever momentum the offense had on the drive as well as give my defense a much-needed breather to rest and refresh.

  29. The Saints have had terrible corners for years, they always get PI called against them. It’s when an obvious call is missed it impacts a game far more than any other penalty. PI is the most impactful penalty.

    I further don’t understand people saying that the current system is slow. If we don’t move forward then we can’t have a good system and integrity in the game. If you like bad calls and noncalls and fixed games, there’s always professional wrestling.

  30. Do you know what would be ironic? if the Saints lose another championship game but this time, thanks for the expanded instant replay

  31. It was an intentional no call and everyone knows it. This rule change will prevent that from happening again. The integrity of the game was compromised and the game ended artificially. Throw the flag and the Saints play the Patriots in the super bowl.

    WHO DAT

  32. Eliminating kickoffs, trying to install 4th and 15s, replays for no calls, reviewing all penalties. What the heck game is this? Refs will just be throwing flags every other play now then reviewing. This committee works too hard now to completely change the game of football.

  33. The way DBs/WRs grab and hold each other throughout the route, I can see this resulting in offsetting penalties. Good thing is those “pick plays” will be reduced.

  34. This will be sooooo funny when a pass interference call replay review goes against him!!

    We’ll see how self-righteous he is then…

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    No, it won’t be funny because it will be the correct call….

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