Pat Shurmur: Challenging PI calls still makes sense in certain situations

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The NFL’s adoption of a rule allowing coaches to challenge pass interference calls and non-calls for the 2019 season generated a lot of attention during the offseason, preseason and opening weeks of the regular season.

What’s become clear over that span is that the league is not going to be overturning many calls on the field upon further review. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur learned that after going 0-for-3 on challenges over the first six weeks of the season, but the high bar for a winning challenge didn’t stop him from going to the well again against the Cardinals.

Shurmur challenged a flag thrown on cornerback Janoris Jenkins for making contact with wide receiver Trent Sherfield 25 yards down the field. It was precisely the kind of flag that replay officials have affirmed time and again, but Shurmur explained why he was still willing to risk a timeout and a lost challenge.

“Because I think it still makes sense in situations like that — where those are large chunks of yardage — to give it a shot,” Shurmur said, via “I guess I am going to continue to do it. I know they are getting overturned at a low percentage, but I felt like there was a push there [by the Cardinals], and it was a big chunk of yardage. It was in the first half, and I felt like it was worth challenging at that point. I thought it was worth the risk at that time.”

The call stood and Shurmur’s search for a call he can overturn will move on to Week Eight.

7 responses to “Pat Shurmur: Challenging PI calls still makes sense in certain situations

  1. I don’t blame him at all. It was a big chunk of yardage and the call should have been reversed.

    What I object to is the ‘Higher Standard’ baloney for reversing an obviously bad call. This isn’t a court of law where someone’s life or liberty is at stake; its about making sure the penalty flag was correct. Having Al Riveron playing the part of judge and jury is just bad casting by the NFL, but that’s obvious.

    Instituting a challenge process and then not overturning clearly bad flags (plus charging a timeout) is the height of NFL stupid.

    Its not really hard to understand why people hate the NFL and Goodell – they have no integrity.

  2. Shurmer basically saying he is going to keep doing something that has been confirmed not to work. Shurmer just shouldn’t take these rebuilding jobs. He took one with the browns and one here in NY. He just isn’t the guy to coach a young team. He can handle a veteran team where everything goes right. He is also thin skinned,even if he tries to not be. He just gets so offended and then just keeps doing the same stuff that makes people question him.

  3. I hope they challenge it as much as possible. This way we can all see how dumb the refs and the league are for they way they instituted the rule. The more it happens, the more stupid they look and the more they will have to do whats right. Its a joke. They are a joke

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