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Mark Murphy indicates possible adjustment of pass interference rule

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Mark Murphy indicates possible adjustment of pass interference rule

Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy, a Competition Committee member, told Newsday's Bob Glauber today that the NFL owners could adjust the new pass interference review rule that was passed in March.

The main thrust is the eliminatuion automatic booth reviews. 

This past March, owners passed a one-year trial of a rule expanding reviewable plays to include offensive and defensive pass interference, called or not on the field. 

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Old School's picture

I hate to see these games decided in the final minutes by a by an official's decision, especially when it's wrong.

The PI penalty is the biggest penalty in the game, at least as far a distance goes. I mean...seriously....a defender trips and bumps a receiver and it's a 38 yard penalty?

The WRs are so big and physical, and there's so much grabbing-pushing-holding go on, that the league is going to have to do something.

I remember the bump and run pass defenders like Lester Hayes. That was good pass defense. I'd kind of like to see it be allowed again. Let these guys push each other while they run around and we'll see how good some of these WRs really are.

cuervo's picture

Defensive back is the most difficult position to play because of the rules that are enforced on them, and the rules that aren't enforced on the offense. I agree with you, I'd like them to allow defenders to put their hands on recievers, etc. Unfortunately that has little chance of happening.

Heart-A-PACK's picture

Agreed, but it will never happen. That would probably make scoring plummet, which is not what the league wants at all. We can dream though right?

4thand1's picture

The biggest thing they seem to let go is the defender gabbing the WR's arm when running stride for stride. We'll see a lot of coaches challenges in the last 2 minutes.

IceBowl's picture

This may be the biggest bag of worms the NFL has ever offered up. Thank goodness the challenges are limited.

PI is the most subjective penalty call in the NFL. There are plays where guys are molesting each other running down the field and no call. There are also plays where there is barely a touch where a PI call is made. Happens every week, and starts to make watching games crazy frustrating (like what is a catch - #2 subjective play).

If they call by the letter of the law, each play (almost) will have PI somewhere. Like OL holding.

I wish I could figure a solution. Probably no touching after 5 yards. But that will take time to figure out.

PatrickGB's picture

I recently read a DB from GB state that “once the ball is in the air, it’s anybody’s ball”. I am not sure if that’s accurate when it comes to defensive pass interference. But it’s close. I agree with other posters that PI calls are so very subjective that teams scout the refs as often as they scout the opponents.

IceBowl's picture

PatrickGB,

You say .... “once the ball is in the air, it’s anybody’s ball”.

That has always been the rule as far as I can remember.

But you should not be able to interfere with someone getting to that ball. Although that has been commonplace, and not called.

Since '61's picture

The NFL should use the “the eye in the sky” with an actual official in the booth who can call down to the referee on the field. The booth official would be part of the game’s officiating team and could consult with the referee on reversing a bad call or for making a call missed on the field, e.g., Saints/Rams game.

This should be done for the playoffs at least. There is too much at stake for both teams. However, I see no reason other than additional cost why this approach is not utilized. The technology exists to make it happen. Thanks, Since ‘61

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