NFL teams are overwhelmingly against keeping pass interference calls reviewable (1 Viewer)

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NFL teams are strongly opposed to renewing the rule that made pass interference reviewable by instant replay last season, according to the results of an offseason survey conducted by the league’s competition committee.

Of the 29 teams to respond to a question about whether they would be in favor of making the rule permanent, 21 said no and eight said yes. Three teams did not respond.

Of the 22 teams to respond to a question about whether they would be in favor of extending the rule for one more year, 17 said no. A copy of the results of the survey, which were distributed to competition committee members, was obtained by The Washington Post.

At least 24 of the 32 owners would have to vote to keep the rule for it to remain in place.

“Obviously it was a one-year rule,” Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy, a member of the competition committee, said Monday. “I’d say overall the results were not great. I think it really is putting especially the New York office in a really difficult position.”

According to the survey results, 13 teams thought the interference-related replay rulings made by the NFL’s officiating department in New York were not consistent from week to week. Two teams said the league should add another on-field official or a “sky judge” replay official, and two more said they would rather see personal fouls reviewed by replay rather than pass interference.

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Conspiracy theory: The NFL deliberately sabotaged this rule after it was voted in, b/c they saw it as a humiliating admission that the refs were incompetent. So there was an encouragement by the NFL to the refs that they really screw it up as much as possible, to make all the owners dislike it to the point of wanting it removed.
 

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Honestly, I never liked the rule, especially when it became clear they weren’t going to take it seriously.

We’re never getting back that 2018 NFC Championship anyway. I couldn’t care less if another team gets robbed, we’ve already gotten ours taken away.
 

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NFL teams are strongly opposed to renewing the rule that made pass interference reviewable by instant replay last season, according to the results of an offseason survey conducted by the league’s competition committee.

Of the 29 teams to respond to a question about whether they would be in favor of making the rule permanent, 21 said no and eight said yes. Three teams did not respond.

Of the 22 teams to respond to a question about whether they would be in favor of extending the rule for one more year, 17 said no. A copy of the results of the survey, which were distributed to competition committee members, was obtained by The Washington Post.

At least 24 of the 32 owners would have to vote to keep the rule for it to remain in place.

“Obviously it was a one-year rule,” Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy, a member of the competition committee, said Monday. “I’d say overall the results were not great. I think it really is putting especially the New York office in a really difficult position.”

According to the survey results, 13 teams thought the interference-related replay rulings made by the NFL’s officiating department in New York were not consistent from week to week. Two teams said the league should add another on-field official or a “sky judge” replay official, and two more said they would rather see personal fouls reviewed by replay rather than pass interference.

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Conspiracy theory: The NFL deliberately sabotaged this rule after it was voted in, b/c they saw it as a humiliating admission that the refs were incompetent. So there was an encouragement by the NFL to the refs that they really screw it up as much as possible, to make all the owners dislike it to the point of wanting it removed.
I think this is exactly what's going on. PI reviews shone a bright light on how bad refs are at calling PI, and Riveron made sure the new rule would not be the solution to the problem. I also believe part of it is Riveron giving CSP a giant middle finger for going public with their conversation after the NFCCG. Only question for me is whether Riveron acted on his own or at the direction of his boss in NY. My guess is the latter, since he's still head of officials. Either way, the message is clear: don't dare call out bad officiating or do anything that damages the shield.
 

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I partially agree with the OP conclusions, except that it's the refs who don't want this as it effectively undermines them (whether rightly or wrongly) and their ability to get the call right initially. They can be quite incalcitrant as a group.

So sure enough, the rule was applied badly and inconsistently to frustrate the change.
 

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Honestly I don't mind it. However the ref still control the game when it so obvious the call needed to be reversed. It was horrible the way the ref calls it when replay stated otherwise.
 

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I partially agree with the OP conclusions, except that it's the refs who don't want this as it effectively undermines them and their ability (whether rightly or wrongly) to get the call right initially. They can be quite incalcitrant as a group.

That's not good. Refs need their calcium or they might get osteoporosis.
 

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As is also the case in politics, stuff like this always depends on whose ox is being gored, as the old saying goes. I wouldn't be surprised if the owners got rid of the replay on PI.

Even back when the human refs were confident and competent, PI was still the most subjective penalty in the sport. Sadly, it'll be even more so since the game and rules are skewed toward the passing game now.
 

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