Goodell: Pass interference reviews settling out where we expected

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference as this week’s league meetings wrapped up on Wednesday and officiating topics were part of the conversation.

Goodell was asked about the pass interference replay rule and said that the rule was adopted to correct obvious errors rather than to re-officiate every close call. While there’s been evidence that obvious errors are going uncorrected after review, Goodell said he believes the numbers “reflect” that intent and that the process is “settling out” as the league expected.

Goodell was also asked about Monday night’s Packers-Lions game, which featured multiple questionable calls and a late penalty on the Lions that the league subsequently said was incorrect.

“You never want to see a game where people are talking about officials afterwards,” Goodell said.

Goodell said officiating is always a focus for the league and that the league is doing all it can to improve the work being done by the league’s officials.

22 responses to “Goodell: Pass interference reviews settling out where we expected

  1. The league strangely just dropped their demand for all officials to be full-time so quite obviously this ISN’T a top priority for them no matter what Roger says. And they’re on a path where it’s only going to get worse. Rather than simplifying things they keep making everything more complex. Coaches, officials, nobody can keep up with what exactly gets reviewed at what time and in what way. Part of the time they want officials to let the play go so replay can fix things after the fact but part of the time that’s completely the wrong way to do things because it leads to the wrong call happening that can’t get reversed. It’s too complicated for anybody to be on top of.

  2. so basically “we were never going to honor this new rule change and tell the coaches to suck it”

  3. This new rule is asinine. Might as well have just left it alone for all the good it is doing. Coaches are already not throwing a challenge flag because they know the officials are doing nothing about it. It’s like the officials are having their own little boycott of the rule. I’d rather see challenges just be thrown out, except for turnovers and TD’s. Nothing else at all, ever. It’s just slowing down the game.

  4. Makes zero sense. I have seen some obvious PI calls get reviewed and call stands – no PI. Its even more confusing now than ever. Coaches arent challenging them because they never get overturned, even with clear evidence. Is this going to change come playoff time? or under 2 minutes? Completly lost on this rule.

  5. “…the league is doing all it can to improve the work being done by the league’s officials.”

    ++++++++++

    Yeah, you know what’s sad? That statement may actully be true.

  6. This is a boycott from the officials who don’t want these plays to be reviewable.

    Sports Entertainment, that’s what the NFL has become.

  7. Goodell said he believes the numbers “reflect” that intent and that the process is “settling out” as the league expected.
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    In other words we put this rule in to appease the coaches/rules committee, but we’ll continue to do business as usual and ignore it.

  8. Was a good idea to add the challenge but their lack of enforcement on obvious calls makes it a joke…

  9. Why have it reviewable by a challenge if the league predetermines the severity of the obvious foul or non foul and makes their own decision. This makes no sense.

  10. The refs aren’t changing the calls out of spite. Their little feelings got hurt because they were called out for their incompetence. It’s sabotage and they should all be fired immediately.

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