Keeping Pass Interference Reviewable Strongly Opposed By Most NFL Teams

The vast majority of the league's 32 teams are against making the rule permanent

Nickell Robey-Coleman Pass Interference
Tommylee Lewis being defended by Nickell Robey-Coleman in the NFC Championship game. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / February 26, 2020 11:15 am

After a trial season that saw just 24 of 101 pass-interference reviews get reversed, the majority of NFL teams are against keeping the call reviewable in 2020.

According to the results of an offseason survey conducted by the league’s competition committee which was obtained by The Washington Post, 21 teams said they would be opposed to renewing the rule that made pass interference reviewable via instant replay.

Eight teams said they would be in favor of keeping the rule in place and three teams did not respond when asked about the topic.

While the responses to the survey don’t mean the league’s competition committee will have to roll back the rule which was approved by the league’s owners last March in the wake of the Rams-Saints NFC Championship game, the lack of support for the rule staying in place is not a good sign for its longevity.

“Obviously it was a one-year rule. Overall the results were not great,” Green Bay Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said Monday, according to ESPN. “And I think it really is putting the New York [officiating] office in a very difficult position. … But it’s still pretty early [and] we’re looking at different options.”

It’s possible that instead of scrapping the rule entirely, the competition committee will implement some tweaks to make it less subjective and open to interpretation.

For the rule to remain in place as is, at least 24 of the NFL’s 32 owners would have to vote to renew it when they meet next month in Florida at the annual league meeting.

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