Antonio Brown’s first TD is latest example of high bar for PI replay review

AP

Yes, the bar is higher than we thought it would be.

The first touchdown scored by receiver Antonio Brown as a member of a team other than the Steelers provided the biggest test yet of the NFL’s new procedure for reviewing pass interference calls and non-calls via replay.

Brown appeared to push off to gain separation near the goal line. The play was reviewed, and the non-call of offensive pass interference was upheld.

During the review, CBS rules analyst Gene Steratore said that offensive pass interference should have been called on Brown.

Compare Brown’s move to the shove from Chargers receiver Mike Williams in Week 15 of the 2008 season. NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron said throughout the offseason that, under the new procedures, Williams would have been penalized for offensive pass interference.

Like the blatant defensive pass interference committed by 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman last week, the non-call of offensive pass interference by Brown reconfirms the belief in league circles that, at some point before Week One of the regular season, someone told Riveron to shove the bar higher. Much higher.

And that’s fine, as long as all coaches know that the bar is higher, so that they can exercise their challenges (or not) accordingly.

21 responses to “Antonio Brown’s first TD is latest example of high bar for PI replay review

  1. Brown sealed his own fate with that TD. NFL definitely going to suspend him now, regardless of the outcome after interview with his accuser, just because he proved he can help NE score.

  2. Do you really expect them to reverse it and call a penalty on the Patriots. Yeah, that’s never going to happen.

  3. Lol… yeah this is just a new rule to FIX blatantly bad/missed calls like with the Saints….incidentals won’t get overturned….& don’t make this play look or sound so outrageous, as it wasn’t at all….
    But it’s the Patriots & AB , so you just got to feed the tinfoil hat wearers….

  4. another pitiful display of playing.dolphins been rebuilding since marino left and each and evry time some coach comes in and thinks he can fix it it ends up the same old song and dance.did they have to get rid of everybody?

  5. What?

    That was not PI. At game speed (not super slo mo) it is obvious he barely touched the guy so he could move his hands around to the back side to catch the ball.

    Whoever called that game for CBS are a bunch of idiots.

  6. “another pitiful display of playing.dolphins been rebuilding since marino left and each and evry time some coach comes in and thinks he can fix it it ends up the same old song and dance.did they have to get rid of everybody?”

    The Dolphins have been rebuilding since 1972 dude.

  7. armlesshippy says:
    September 15, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    What?

    That was not PI. At game speed (not super slo mo) it is obvious he barely touched the guy so he could move his hands around to the back side to catch the ball.

    Whoever called that game for CBS are a bunch of idiots.

    *****************

    Agreed. But it was Dan Fouts providing the color commentary, and he’s always had a sour grapes problem with the Patriots.

  8. “The first touchdown scored by receiver Antonio Brown as a member of a team other than the Steelers provided the biggest test yet of the NFL’s new procedure for reviewing pass interference calls and non-calls via replay.”

    For such a ‘big test’ it wasn’t much of one. The back didn’t even so much as break stride

  9. Bologna. If you watch the play, the DB never changed direction, or was impeded in any way due to any supposed pushoff. Good coverage, but a great throw and catch. Maybe the Pats should have only won by 39? Would that make people happy?

  10. That play was no where near offensive pass interference. He barely extended his arm. Dan Fouts stinks as a play caller. If Gene Steratore had any true skill as a ref, he would still be in the NFL.

  11. Brown put his hands on the defender but didn’t push. Just because the broadcasters down in Miami had a raging anti-Patriots bias and were quick to point out anything even resembling a non call all game long, doesn’t mean they are right and the officials on the field and in the booth are wrong.

  12. Yes, Brown pushed off, you’re either blind or a Patsie fan if you can’t see that.

    Trouble is, they’re inconsistent with how they use the replay. Brown gets away with murder, meanwhile the horrible reversal nailing the Steelers DB for non-existent PI likely decided that game today.

    If there’s such a thing as cosmic justice some DA will find Brown’s accuser credible and he’ll be sharing a cell with Bubba. After he conks Brady over the head with a half-full Gatorade cooler because he felt disrespected.

  13. I’m not sure Florio is right on this one. So far, all but one of the PI reviews I have seen have been via coach’s challenge or booth review in the final 2 minutes of a half. All scoring plays are reviewed but that has been for ball possession, staying in bounds and crossing the plane of the end zone. I don’t think all the booth officials are looking for uncalled penalties on touchdowns. The booth officials are not the ones who should be saying there definitely is or is not PI. That is the job of the referee and Riveron. The booth guys should be calling for a full review every time it is a question. Obviously that is NOT happening and that means there is not a unified standard. Riveron may know in his head what would be a foul or not but that doesn’t matter if the play never gets reviewed by him. There is still the hole in scoring play reviews because the coach cannot challenge even if everybody knows it happened except the booth official who never calls for a review.

  14. whenwilliteverend says:
    September 15, 2019 at 3:41 pm
    Do you really expect them to reverse it and call a penalty on the Patriots. Yeah, that’s never going to happen. Guess you didnt watch the game the pats did have a play overturned into a pi flag when flores challenged😉

  15. Until they can decide on a consistent basis how to apply this new PI review, they should just abandon it. What do they want to achieve…. they want “BLATANT” calls/miss calls over turned… so why not make that a rule… The upstairs official can chime in if he/she see’s a BLATANT error in officiating…. Other than that just go back to on field officiating and live with the missed calls….

  16. There is some form of interference on every pass play. Under the present rules there is no effective way to cover a receiver without getting flagged, so in order to not ruin the game, a high bar has to be set. PI is the most subjective call , and has the most impact on the outcome of a game.

    I like the high bar… it makes for a more entertaining fan experience.

  17. “The play was reviewed, and the non-call of offensive pass interference was upheld.”

    Of course it was upheld because it’s the Patriots. No team in the past two decades has received more help from the refs and replay booth than any other team.

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