Sean Payton attributes pass interference replay review failure to execution

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The members of the Competition Committee agree that replay review for pass interference needs to go. They aren’t entirely on the same page as to why it failed, however.

Last Friday, Cowboys executive Stephen Jones (a member of the committee) attributed the problems with the rule to the subjective nature of pass interference. On Thursday, Saints coach Sean Payton (another member of the committee) blamed the execution, not the concept.

“Obviously, we weren’t prepared to enforce that and monitor that the correct way,” Payton said on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Advocate. “I think the theory behind it, and what the league voted on — and when I say the league, all 32 teams — certainly it had a chance to be successful. But, quite honestly, we weren’t ready in New York to handle it. I know that sounds critical, but that’s just a fact.”

Payton was still somewhat diplomatic despite his candor, refraining from blaming the problems with the implementation of replay review for pass interference on NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron, who seemed to apply (possibly at the behest of someone above him) a standard the moved down and up and down and up again throughout the season.

“The consistency and the ability to take in the calls and at least come up with a fairly level basis of what you’re going to interpret that call on,” Payton said. “And if we’re not ready there, then we shouldn’t have it. I think that’s the feeling that all of us have right now, including myself.”

Jones had a different view last week.

“It’s just the subjectivity that comes with what is what isn’t pass interference and being consistent with it,” Jones said on the #PFTPM podcast. “I think that’s the hard part is the consistency that every coach wants, that our owners want, that our fans want. Everyone wants consistency. These guys are great athletes. There’s a lot of hand fighting on every play. I think our fans like to see our players play. They don’t want to see a lot of flags. I just think it was very difficult on judgment calls to really get down and have that be part of replay.”

Regardless, it’s gone. And if the league doesn’t replace it with something else, the stage could be set for another Rams-Saints postseason debacle, with a missed instance of obvious interference uncalled and with no device for fixing the mistake.

7 responses to “Sean Payton attributes pass interference replay review failure to execution

  1. Well it kind of makes sense. The NFL still has no idea what a catch is so how in the world could we expect them to grasp pass interference.

  2. When he attributes the Saints’ recent playoff failures to execution as well, then we’ll be getting somewhere.

  3. Fans watch at home, often in strong agreement on many interference/no interference calls that coaches should challenge. Obviously, Al Riveron and his crew failed miserably. They had a chance to make the game better & fairer but replay officials protected the on-field refs’ calls so often (only 24 out of 101 challenges were overturned last yr) they appeared to be working hand in hand with the refs as if to say “we don’t like this new P.I. challenge rule, so we’ll just go with the call on the field, even if it means ignoring the obvious, and maybe this 1 year experiment will go away.” Too bad.

  4. I agree….most egregious call I have seen in almost a lifetime. But….get over it?

  5. They can correct any and every bad call, but choose not to.
    They just don’t want the players to decide the outcome on every occasion, as it may not be best for the bottom line.
    What I can’t understand is what the fans can do to force change, as I think 70% of fans want the right calls.

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