NFL to consider major pass interference change

Ben Krimmel
January 21, 2019 - 9:51 pm
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After the debacle in New Orleans during the NFC title game, the league admitted to missing a pass interference call late in the 4th quarter and will consider making a major change to the pass interference rule.

The NFL and the rulemaking competition committee will give consideration this offseason to making pass interference calls reviewable. 

"It will be discussed at length along with additional fouls that coaches feel should be subject to review,” a person familiar with the league’s inner workings told The Washington Post Monday. "And there will be discussion on (replay) review of calls and non-calls."

Saints head coach Sean Payton will surely lead the charge.

The competition committee has opposed making judgment calls, like pass interference, reviewable and any rule change would need to be agreed to by three-quarters of the NFL's 32 owners.

While any rule change seems unliley, it would certainly be welcome news for Redskins fans after some high profile non-calls cost the team during the 2018 season.  

In a Week 11 loss to the Texans, Washington got burned in the 4th quarter when there was plenty of contact with Josh Doctson and no flag was thrown.

A pass interference call would have given Washington a first down deep inside Houston territory needing only a field goal to take the lead. Of course, the Redskins did not get the call.

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Another judgment call the league could take a look at are hits to defenseless receivers. The Redskins got burned by the referees in Dallas when there was no flag thrown for an obvious helmet-to-helmet hit late in the 4th quarter on tight end Jordan Reed.

The NFL has to make some changes, and hopefully for football fans, more accurate calls will follow. 

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