Competition Committee unlikely to tweak P.I. replay rule

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NFL owners last month gave the Competition Committee the authority to tweak expanded replay for offensive and defensive pass interference. After meetings with coaches and owners, though, it appears likely the Competition Committee will do nothing.

Judy Battista of NFL Media reports that the Competition Committee still is working on language but the “expectation is reviews in the last two minutes will be initiated by the replay person, not the coaches, as originally agreed to in March.”

Coaches left the annual meetings believing the league office would handle replay review for pass interference during the same circumstances where replay review is automatically available. The NFL’s concern, though, is excessive stoppages late in games for pass interference reviews.

The Competition Committee was expected to make coaches responsible for initiating replay review for pass interference at any point in a game, including the final two minutes of each half, after owners gave it a blank check to modify expanded replay for interference. Coaches would require a timeout and a challenge to throw their red flag.

Coaches pushed back, preferring not to have responsibility for challenging in the final two minutes of either half.

The NFL now is charged with coming up with a way to make pass interference reviews as “unobtrusive as possible” by limiting late-game stoppages that result in on-field rulings being upheld. As Battista pointed out, the exhibition season will serve as the league’s lab.

12 responses to “Competition Committee unlikely to tweak P.I. replay rule

  1. This won’t be a problem until it causes a huge problem.

    Too many cooks spoil the broth.

  2. One more time:
    The call in the Saints/Rams game should’ve been the helmet-to-helmet hit.
    THAT can be instantly reviewable.
    What’s so hard?

  3. This could turn out to be a disaster. Cue in those infamous ‘unintended consequences’…

  4. So HOW MANY video reviewers do they have? Seriously, how is it possible to track all FIVE receivers from snap to end of whistle to see if potential DPI/OPI happened?

  5. Like every other rule, just wait until it helps the Patriots win. It will be changed overnight. Probably even retroactively…

  6. Competition Committee unlikely to tweak P.I. replay rule

    What they really mean; with the limited numbers of ways we can fix games in this day and age we aren’t going to give up one of the last ones we have left!

  7. I would love to say blame the Saints but they have been screwed almost as much as the Patriots. Bad rule, bad for the game. However being a fan of a team getting robbed by the league and commissione good for them.

  8. I’d have enjoyed a Pats-Saints SB more as Pats would’ve easily won it 38-10. The last time they met was in New Orleans in 2017 – when Pats were minus Edelman and already badly banged up on defense, but still won easily 36-20 – in a game that was effectively over by Q2.

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