Matt LaFleur isn’t going to miss challenging pass interference calls

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Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur isn’t shedding any tears over the decision to nix reviews of pass interference after just one season.

LaFleur wasn’t fond of the exercise last season that saw him questioning at times whether he still knew what pass interference actually was. LaFleur wasn’t the only one with that sentiment either. In an interview with ESPN Milwaukee, LaFleur was asked about the repealing of the rule and he was enthusiastic about not having to deal with it any longer.

I was ecstatic,”LaFleur said, via Jason Wilde of the State Journal. “Don’t you guys remember how angry I would get when I would have to challenge a PI because I knew it wasn’t going to get overturned? I was extremely happy. It just takes that decision out of your hands.”

The move to review pass interference calls was a direct response to an egregiously missed pass interference call in the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams in 2018. However, the rule change was viewed almost unanimously as a massive failure due to a seemingly ever-changing threshold of evidence that saw barely any plays overturned early in the season.

LaFleur did say that he could see a “sky judge” being a reasonable alternative eventually.

“It’s really the egregious missed calls that you’re trying to eliminate, if you can have somebody upstairs that can see it. It’s not meant for the ticky-tack calls. I think that would be the best way, just to experiment that way. I know that was kicked around two years ago at the owner’s meetings, but it obviously didn’t go through,” LaFleur said.

The NFL approved expanded duties for replay officials in the preseason as a trial experiment for this fall. However, pass interference will not be a part of their purview.

8 responses to “Matt LaFleur isn’t going to miss challenging pass interference calls

  1. Why would he? The overwhelming number of blown pass interference calls/non-calls were in the Packers’ favor.

  2. As Rodgers has succinctly put it in the past; Incorrect calls balance themselves out within the game, certainly over a few games, and without question over the course of a season. He’s right. Again.

  3. There was nothing ticky tacky about a lot of those missed calls. The miss in that Saints game was flat out deliberate. Anyone with a brain knows it, they know that we know it, but we all just look away and go on as usual because the money keeps flowing.

  4. I am NEVER one to use officials as a excuse for a loss like a particular fan base does for every loss their team has ever had. You know who cries about officials? Losers.

    This article did though remind me of Matt LaFleur in the Philly game last season(The Packers first loss of the season) in which there were 2 very questionable non-calls of PI. One was in the final 2 minutes of the game that should have been automatically reviewed. LaFleur did question the calls to no avail. I believe LaFleur also sent in a letter to league office after the game questioning why one of the plays in question was not reviewed in the final 2 minutes of the game.

    The Packers lost that game for a couple of reasons, none being the officials. I am glad the PI reviews are gone and look forward to a great season of not discussing officials. Again, only losers cry about officials.

    #GoPackGo!✌❤🏈

  5. stellarperformance says:
    May 29, 2020 at 7:31 am

    As Rodgers has succinctly put it in the past; Incorrect calls balance themselves out within the game, certainly over a few games, and without question over the course of a season. He’s right. Again.
    __________

    No doubt, but not according to the haters and crybabies.

  6. I looked at the HCs having to throw the red flag to get a bad call reversed and then the refs would leave the bad call about the same as those rigged carmival games, you only play them until you figure out they’re rigged and then you stop. I guess BB was the only one smart enough to figure that out as he wouldn’t even challange them, he knew it was rigged!

  7. Why would he? The overwhelming number of blown pass interference calls/non-calls were in the Packers’ favor.
    ——
    Simply not true. The only call I can remember was on the Cook push off. I can think of several where we got hosed though.

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