Posted on March 27, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
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Yesterday the NFL approved a rule change that makes pass interference calls and non-calls subject to replay review and coaches challenges. Per Yahoo Sports, “Coaches will now be able to use one of their allotted challenges to call for replay review of a pass interference situation prior to the final two minutes of a half. Like other reviews, pass interference replays in the final two minutes of a half will be initiated by the league’s officiating office.”
In true NFL fashion though, the rule will only be implemented on a one-year trial basis. How progressive of them. But the fact that the NFL is doing literally ANYTHING to correct a broken system is a good sign, right? As previously stated, I am a disgruntled New Orleans Saints fan, so while I think this is fantastic news, I’m fully aware of just how many other fans out there are calling this ‘too little, too late.’
So fans, where do you land on this? Do you feel that this rule is a long-time coming? How practical do you think it will be to review “non-calls”? Do you think replay review is at issue or that the NFL should be spending less time worrying about rule changes and more time making sure their officials know what to look for in a game? Will allowing for more coaches challenge options just slow the game down more – boring! – or are you willing to give up that 30 seconds to know at least the refs should be able to get the play call right…on replay?
Power To The Fans!