Aaron Rodgers: Replay review for pass interference may help the defenses more than offenses

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The NFL reacted to the Rams-Saints NFC Championship game debacle by overreacting, creating a new mechanism for making all pass interference calls and non-calls subject to replay review, which apparently will entail the kind of frame-by-frame molasses-in-January deliberations by the league office that bog down the game and create even more controversy.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes that one impact could be more calls of offensive pass interference.

“I think it might almost help the defense more,” Rodgers told Chris Simms from the golf course at Lake Tahoe, as part of the American Century Championship. “I think that they’re gonna be allowed — depending on how they ref the first couple that happen — they’re gonna be allowed to challenge some questionable plays of offensive pass interference.”

Rodgers is right. Regardless of what happens when automatic replay is available, coaches can throw a red flag and accuse offensive players of pushing and shoving that crosses the line, especially when it comes to any blocking by eligible receivers that occurs more than one yard past the line of scrimmage.

Rodgers also is right regarding the manner in which the calls may shift and change based on calls made and not made early in the year.

“When they overreffed the sh-t out of the roughing the passers, and then they backed off,” Rodgers said regarding last years agressive enforcement of quarterback-contact rules that quickly ended. “What happens the first few calls this year that really impact the game?”

Most think those issues will be ironed out in the preseason. Regardless of when it happens, what needs to happen continues to be this: The Commissioner needs to tell senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron that this new device isn’t about micromanaging the game but providing a safety net for another clear and obvious Rams-Saints rigmarole.

22 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Replay review for pass interference may help the defenses more than offenses

  1. Duh, yeah it’ll help the defense and hopefully negate crazy field-flipping 40-50 yards(unjustified) penalties for undeserving offenses. They probably should’ve just adopted the NCAA rule of 15 yards, but they’ve already conceded the ‘new wave’ offense to college, so they don’t wanna be seen as stealing everything.

  2. The first commentator apparantly has compehension problems in that Aaron SAID they over-reffed the roughing stuff. What he said here is that it won’t be exclusively calls on defense, the review will now entail reviewing the ENTIRE play, which could result in the call going against the receiver.

    Probably end up being an off-setting penalty against both in my book.

  3. “The Commissioner needs to tell senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron that this new device isn’t about micromanaging the game but providing a safety net for another clear and obvious Rams-Saints rigmarole.”

    Yeah as if that’s going to happen. Goodell is already pulling Riveron’s strings and mircomanaging at least some games through him. What possibly makes you think that will change now other than getting worse than it already has been?

  4. I’m sure Rodgers won’t like that. He’s made a career out of pass interference calls. When you remove all the plays earned by penalties awarded on Rodgers’ behalf in his career he only has 43 yards of passing offense.

  5. marvin1958 says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    The first commentator apparantly has compehension problems in that Aaron SAID they over-reffed the roughing stuff.
    ———-
    Well, you are clearly ignoring the whole reason why the “roughing stuff” was “over reffed” to begin with.

    Aaron got hurt. And whined and complained that a penalty was NOT called.
    Hence, the “over reffing” was done to help Aaron.

  6. h0metownzero says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    I think it so great the Aaron has that Superbowl ring.

    Legacy secure.

    ——-

    So does Trent Dilfer

  7. uh oh! He’s not happy! better install ANOTHER rule to specifically protect Rodgers!
    —–
    What you said had nothing to do with what Rodgers said.

  8. h0metownzero says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    I think it so great the Aaron has that Superbowl ring.

    Legacy secure.
    —————————————

    Agreed. Half the legacy as Eli Manning, nowhere near Tom Brady, and exactly the same as Trent Dilfer.

  9. This new rule will be a debacle.

    Missed calls, like the one with the Saints, were so egregious, that it’s easy to make that call on replay, but most instances of pass interference aren’t clear cut. They are mostly highly subjective calls. Quite frankly, replay for pass interference should only be done a normal playback speed, not in slow motion.

    Can you even imagine the mess that will occur with EVERY Hail Mary?

  10. Rodgers is correct and I agree, Goodell needs to take some action here and discuss with Riveron! Will he? Not sure as he is too busy counting his stacks of Benjamin’s related to the new Sports Betting / NFL , needs to figure out how to most efficiently milk this new cash cow!

  11. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:58 pm
    marvin1958 says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    The first commentator apparantly has compehension problems in that Aaron SAID they over-reffed the roughing stuff.
    ———-
    Well, you are clearly ignoring the whole reason why the “roughing stuff” was “over reffed” to begin with.

    Aaron got hurt. And whined and complained that a penalty was NOT called.
    Hence, the “over reffing” was done to help Aaron.

    \\\\\\

    Nope.

    The league over reffed the situation, not because Aaron asked for it but because a superstar got hurt on a questionable play. Then they screwed it up.

    No different really than the Brady rule for hitting a QB low. An overreaction. Roughing the passer was all that ever needed to be called and no need to have added emphasis on the low hit.

  12. Trent Dilfer has won more Lombardi’s than every QB who ever played while they played for the Minnesota Vikings.

  13. Aaron looks primed and ready for training camp and the season. Exactly 2 weeks to camp!👏🏈

    Aaron correctly points out that coaches are going to try and review for questionable offensive pass interference. This helps the D in a couple of ways, one being that any delay is basically a free timeout for the defense when the offense is driving on them.

    As long as they stick to the rule that it “needs to be clear and obvious visual evidence” to overturn the call on the field, then the calls should be ok. Still don’t like stopping drives for reviews though. It does indeed help the defense.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  14. “When they overreffed the sh-t out of the roughing the passers, and then they backed off,”
    ——-
    Bitting the hand that feeds him. Too arrogant to admit the rule was created because of him or too dumb?

  15. Over-officiating to appease the whining masses that can’t handle a bad call here and there is going to make a currently almost unwatchable 3 1/2 hour NFL game…into close to a 4 hour bloated, mess of commercials breaks, replay reviews, coaches challenged, booth-initiated replay reviewed, penalty infested, boring experience.

    “Gotta make sure we get those calls right!”…. lol. This is going to be horrible.

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