NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had a message for New Orleans Saints fans while speaking to the media at the Super Bowl this afternoon.
Goodell addressed the controversial ending of the New Orleans Saints-Los Angeles Rams’ NFC Championship Game.
The commissioner of the league says that the no-call on the blatant pass interference penalty was a bad one.
“We understand the frustration of the fans. Coach Payton and the team. Are officials are human, they’re not going to get it right every time. Technology isn’t going to solve all these issues, refs aren’t robots,” he said.
Goodell: We understand the frustration of the fans. Coach Payton and the team. Are officials are human, they're not going to get it right every time. Technology isn't going to solve all these issues, refs aren't robots. #Saints @FOX8NOLA pic.twitter.com/JA16LM1iYI
— Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) January 30, 2019
Goodell told upset Saints fans (along with the players and coaches), “I feel your pain.”
The NFL commissioner will not be reversing any calls, though, despite what rules might allow him to do.
“Absolutely not,” Goodell said.
Still, he admitted that the NFL could put new rules into place regarding its replay policies. The no-call on the blatant pass interference was not reviewable.
“Are there solutions for this?” Goodell said. “That’s what the committee needs to focus on: What are the solutions and what are the unintended consequences?”
We’ll see what the NFL ends up doing in the years to come regarding its replay policies, but something is probably going to need to change.