The pass interference replay rule is one and done in the NFL and won’t be returning in 2020.
Installed after the 2019 NFC Championship Game debacle, the replay system was a mess from the beginning, with calls being rarely overturned by NFL officiating crews. As such, the replay was scrapped and we’ll continue this season with pass interference no longer being subject to video review.
Former Eagle Troy Vincent, who is now NFL Vice President of Operations recently spoke with NBC’s Peter King and admitted that the NFL failed in implementation of the replay:
“We saw, a year ago, when [the pass-interference rule] played out, starting with myself, what we put in place last year . . . Those outcomes were not good for professional football. Because we didn’t do the proper due diligence, it played out publicly. The last thing people should be talking about is the way the game is officiated. They [officials] should be faceless objects, managing and facilitating game flow,” Vincent said. “We failed. I’m first in line. I shared that [with league officials]. I failed, as the leader of that department. I failed. We cannot allow that to happen again. What did we learn from that? We’ve got to do our due diligence. You can’t rush and just shove something in there without knowing all the consequences. And we found that out last year, live and in action, publicly. We didn’t do [our due diligence] last year, and we failed, and we failed miserably.”
Makes you wonder what the “due diligence” would be, since the rule made sense on the surface. The implementation seemed fine. The problem was that officials were just unwilling to change calls that were made on the field, even though they looked clear and obvious on replay.
This play, for instance, was the first Eagles PI review, and Atlanta challenged unsuccessfully:
And you might remember the pair of DPI reviews in the Green Bay game, one for the Packers and one for the Eagles, but neither of which was overturned.
This one looked rather clear and rather obvious:
How tf is this not pass interference after it gets challenged @nfl? This is a f-ing joke. Whoever is responsible for this call in NY should be fired & Troy Aikman should be too. I literally despise Alshon Jeffery but he got robbed here! #NFLIsAJoke pic.twitter.com/6nouOTgJZC
— Paul Bonerko (@KonerkosBonerko) September 27, 2019
No more of this in 2020. We’ll get the call on the field and it’ll have to stand.