Coaches leaning against red-flag challenges for late-game PI calls and non-calls

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The Competition Committee spent two days this week taking the pulse of coaches regarding potential changes to the rule that currently makes pass interference subject to replay review under the same rules that apply generally to replay review. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, a sense emerged that coaches don’t want replay review for pass interference to be relegated to challenge flags in the final two minutes of the first half or the game.

The coaches want the league office to handle replay review for pass interference during the same circumstances where replay review is automatically available. That approach, however, could result in a spike in automatic reviews, given the receiver/defensive back contact that often happens on passing plays that result in a call or a no-call of pass interference.

The rules require clear and obvious evidence of an officiating error to overturn a ruling on the field. To avoid automatic review, the replay official must see clear and obvious evidence that the ruling on the field was correct. That leaves a wide gulf of plays that should be reviewed but that won’t be overturned; the challenge for the NFL will be to come up with a strategy for limiting the number of times the game is bogged down by a replay review that results in a decision to uphold the ruling on the field.

Regardless, for now it appears that the Competition Committee won’t be using the blank check it finagled last month from the league’s 32 teams to wipe out automatic review of offensive and defensive pass interference calls and non-calls. The coaches simply don’t seem to want it.

14 responses to “Coaches leaning against red-flag challenges for late-game PI calls and non-calls

  1. in order to understand pass interference we have to first understand what a catch is.. have we figured that out yet?

  2. I just read, “Blah Blah Blah, the game continues to die its slow death before my eyes, Blah Blah Blah”

  3. Get the calls right at any cost. I don’t care about those of you who are willing to put up with wrong calls because you think that’s the game, because not following the rules is not the game. Also, allowing for wrong calls just gives more chances for refs to get away with cheating. A pure game depends on correct calls.

  4. What? I’m confused. I thought the coaches wanted the ability to challenge PI and missed PI. Isn’t that what Peyton screamed about and was finally granted?

  5. Yup, they were all fired up cause the pulled together and made it happen, I remember clearly. Now suddenly they don’t? Pressure in one form or another has been brought to bear by the league(owners). I’m amazed by the number of fools who are ok with bad officiating deciding the winners of football games, mind boggling. Let’s ask the players what they think

  6. I think it was Belichick who has suggested to give each team two challenges per game, but you can challenge anything.

    I like that, as it simplifies what can and cannot be challenged (everything can). I’d go with that, but and add this…

    All such challenges are reviewed by a replay official and an error must be clear and obvious. So clear and obvious that if the replay official cannot see an error with a call (or non-call) after 30 seconds of replays, the call on the field stands.

    A replay should be used to correct gross errors, not to scrutinize every play through multiple angles of super slo-mo, hoping to uncover some slight error in judgement of officials on the field.

    And get rid of automatic booth reviews after each score and turnover. Also, get rid of the rule that all replays within the 2-minute warning are initiated by the booth. You want to challenge in any of those circumstances? Use one of your two red flags per game.

    And two is all you get. No “adding back” a challenge after a successful one.

    Replay can work, just make it simple.

  7. samapoc says:
    June 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm
    Get the calls right at any cost. I don’t care about those of you who are willing to put up with wrong calls because you think that’s the game, because not following the rules is not the game. Also, allowing for wrong calls just gives more chances for refs to get away with cheating. A pure game depends on correct calls.

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    The refs could call penalties on leach and every play. Is that what you want in effort “to get the calls right at every cost”?

  8. samapoc says:
    June 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm
    Get the calls right at any cost. I don’t care about those of you who are willing to put up with wrong calls because you think that’s the game, because not following the rules is not the game. Also, allowing for wrong calls just gives more chances for refs to get away with cheating. A pure game depends on correct calls.

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    “at any cost”…yes, because that mentality never leads down a rabbit hole of bad consequences.

  9. Interpretation equals subjectivity equals two officials possibly seeing things differently. The more complex things become the greater the element of subjectivity. Do we really want games where everything is called all the time? Heck no. Peyton started this process , he is on the rules committee, get something concrete in place and move the hell on to football. This nonsense has been an issue too long. If not, leave it alone.

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