BY ELIZABETH CRISP | Advocate
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he understands the disappointment among Saints fans over a missed penalty call that cost the New Orleans team an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl and he agrees that the issue should prompt further discussion about the league's rules, in a newly-released letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Goodell agrees that the obvious penalty should have been called, but he wrote in his letter to Edwards that NFL rules don't allow the commissioner to overturn the results of a game because of an officiating error and it would have been wrong for him to do so.
"That said, I agree that it is incumbent on us to review this issue closely to determine if there are changes in our rules or procedures that would prevent a similar occurrence in the future," he wrote. "While there will always be mistakes in any game played, coached and officiated by humans, we do not want officiating to be the topic of discussion after any game." ...
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