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Has NFL quietly nudged bar for replay review of pass interference higher?

this is a discussion within the NFL Community Forum; Last year, the NFL adjusted rules regarding lowering-the-helmet rule and the roughing-the-passer after an outcry emerged from the early-season application of the provisions. This year, the new procedure for replay review of pass interference hasnít sparked the kind of widespread ...

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Old 09-12-2019, 04:28 PM   #1
 
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Has NFL quietly nudged bar for replay review of pass interference higher?

Last year, the NFL adjusted rules regarding lowering-the-helmet rule and the roughing-the-passer after an outcry emerged from the early-season application of the provisions. This year, the new procedure for replay review of pass interference hasnít sparked the kind of widespread negative reaction that would compel an adjustment ó yet.

That apparently isnít keeping the league from making an adjustment regarding the intended application of the replay-review process.

Thereís a belief in league circles that, at some point before Week One of the regular season, NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron received a mandate that only egregious errors of judgment regarding calls and non-calls of pass interference should be overturned. The mandate quite possibly came from Riveronís ultimate boss: Commissioner Roger Goodell.

If so, good. Itís what needed to happen. Riveronís assessment of a non-call of offensive pass interference in the Week 15 game between the Chargers and Chiefs and a non-call of defensive pass interference in Super Bowl LIII suggested that plenty of flags would be thrown remotely by Riveron for instances of interference that were not the kind of 500-drunks-in-a-bar clear and obvious, like the non-call from the NFC Championship game.

Some believe that, even with a higher standard, the process should entail more than one person making the decision. If itís clear to, say, three people, then itís sufficiently clear.

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