NFL failed miserably with pass interference replay, Troy Vincent says

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For the first time in 2019, pass interference was reviewable on replay. That worked so poorly that in 2020, it won’t be. And NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent says the NFL needs to learn from its mistake.

Vincent told Peter King for Football Morning in America that the league has to be better prepared to make significant changes than it was when it made that change.

“We saw, a year ago, when [the pass-interference rule] played out, starting with myself, what we put in place last year . . . Those outcomes were not good for professional football. Because we didn’t do the proper due diligence, it played out publicly. The last thing people should be talking about is the way the game is officiated. They [officials] should be faceless objects, managing and facilitating game flow,” Vincent said. “We failed. I’m first in line. I shared that [with league officials]. I failed, as the leader of that department. I failed. We cannot allow that to happen again. What did we learn from that? We’ve got to do our due diligence. You can’t rush and just shove something in there without knowing all the consequences. And we found that out last year, live and in action, publicly. We didn’t do [our due diligence] last year, and we failed, and we failed miserably.”

Some fans were hoping the NFL would be able to fix pass interference replay without just throwing the whole thing out, but that won’t happen, at least not this year. There’s so little support for replay review of pass interference that it’s not even on the agenda when the owners have their virtual meeting this week. The league has killed it and labeled it a failure.

8 responses to “NFL failed miserably with pass interference replay, Troy Vincent says

  1. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s refreshing to see somebody admit to making mistakes. That’s such a rare event these days that I can’t help but be impressed.

    On the other hand, as a fan, it was obvious from the get-go that the officials had no clue what the guiding principle was supposed to be. How can it be that they didn’t think about that, didn’t pick a reviewing standard and stick to it? It’s not just failure, it’s incompetence and unpreparedness that wouldn’t be acceptable at all in most workplaces. And it’s so typical of the NFL to screw up and then throw their hands up in the air and say they tried something and it didn’t work, so they’re just going to give up on the problem.

  2. We failed. I’m first in line. I shared that [with league officials]. I failed, as the leader of that department. I failed. We cannot allow that to happen again. What did we learn from that?
    I learned from that…that the NFL has a curious way of allowing inconsistencies to be part of their enforcement of rules, and they are fine with the appearance that some teams benefit more than others…case in point…Only ONE TD was taken off the board by a penalty being called by the replay official on a play that had no flags thrown on the field…The only one and it cost the Vikings a TD at Green Bay in a game they ultimately lost by five points…before anyone rolls their eyes and acts like the Packers don’t benefit from more bogus calls than anyone else, consider this…there were 1,332 touchdowns scored in the 2019 season…ONE was overturned by a replay official calling a penalty…despite every TD being reviewed…

  3. Most people understand the NFL influences outcomes using the referees.
    The PI review fiasco was purposefully done by the NFL to deflect fallout from the illegitimate Rams advancing in 2018.
    Now people are talking about how hard it was to review PI and not how the NFL openly prevented the Saints from advancing.
    It’s gotten so obvious and blatant that many fans still argue the NFL is a fairly officiated league, showing NFL owners they have little to fear running their open confidence game.

  4. Best line in this article is………………….”officials should be faceless objects managing and facilitating game flow”. Unfortunately, they see themselves as the primary focus of the game and inject themselves into the game whenever they have a sliver of a chance. The biggest blemish on the NFL product is the inept officiating. It is ………… by far………..the worst officiated sport on the planet. They should take in an NHL game and watch officials and players interacting throughout the entire game in order to educate, inform and minimize penalties. I never enjoy a play in “real time” because I know there’s a 50/50 chance some official on the other side of the field is going to make some dubious call that had no impact on the play. NFL officiating has a much broader problem than just pass interference.

  5. It was a bad idea from the start and was doomed to failure. It’s like some academic came up with the idea in a study group and was surprised when it failed miserably.

    The next idea to fail will be the idiotic 4th and 15 play in place of an onside kick. The NFL is heading down the same path that made NBA basketball all but unwatchable. They want to turn it into a gimmick filled video game.

  6. as shown clearly by the fans of the 31 other teams, it doesn’t really matter what happens.

  7. “How can it be that they didn’t think about that, didn’t pick a reviewing standard and stick to it?”

    That’s been the root of every single replay problem they’ve had since they first implemented it. When it first came in they talked about “clear evidence” meaning you should never have seen a borderline call overturned–it should only have been clear cut mistakes being fixed. If they stick to that standard then 90% of the replay issues we’ve seen over the years never happen. But they instantly ventured into trying to fix all the unclear “maybe” types of calls until the replay reversals were just as questionable as the original calls. THAT’S where everybody lost all confidence in the system and started talking about the fix being in. In some alternate reality they stuck to that much stricter standard and people are overall pleased with officiating now instead of being convinced the entire system is broken.

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