The NFL continues to make progress on instituting a new rule involving the review of pass interference. What remains to be seen is how the rule will be received when it is implemented.
The league offered an update on the latest developments of the rule, which still has not been codified. Teams are allowed to communicate feedback on the new initiative before it is finalized.
According to the announcement, a call on the field will only be overturned if there is “clear and obvious visual evidence” to support changing it. Additionally, all passing plays are subject to review, including Hail Mary’s.
In the final two minutes of each half and during overtime, the replay official is responsible for initiating a pass interference review, similar to how it is for all other calls. However, the criteria for beginning one of these reviews will supposedly be “stricter” than for other reviewable plays.
Following discussions with head coaches, club personnel, and @NFLOfficiating, the 32 teams have received an update on instant replay review of pass interference.
Clubs will have one week to provide additional feedback before the Competition Committee communicates the final rule. pic.twitter.com/dqdKwoxMtQ
— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) June 13, 2019
Just by looking this over, this could get messy. We’ll see how it ultimately looks when it is used in games.
The impetus for the pass interference review was the controversial non-call in the New Orleans’ Saints loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game. The referees missed an obvious defensive pass interference on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman late in the fourth quarter with the Saints deep in LA territory.
New Orleans would go on to lose the game in overtime.