NFL distributes updated rules on pass interference replay review

NFL distributes updated rules on pass interference replay review
Referee watches as Tommylee Lewis misses a pass and does not call an interference.

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The NFL continues to attempt to improve the replay review process for pass interference calls. On Thursday, the league’s football operations account on Twitter posted updated rules and notes for replay review that all 32 teams will have one week to provide feedback on before finalization.

The post states that the updates come after discussions with head coaches, club personnel and referees. The Competition Committee will communicate the final rule in one week.

The post reads:

After the two-minute warning of each half and during OT...

The Replay Official will stop the game to initiate a review for pass interference under stricter criteria than for other reviewable plays to prevent excessive game stoppages.

A decision on the field will only be reversed when there is "clear and obvious visual evidence" that warrants the change.

All passing players will be subject to review for pass interference. The “Hail Mary” play will be reviewed in replay consistent with the guidelines for officiating the play on the field.

Referee watches as Tommylee Lewis misses a pass and does not call an interference.(Source: Mark Legrange)
Referee watches as Tommylee Lewis misses a pass and does not call an interference.(Source: Mark Legrange)

The drive for change this offseason is widely considered to stem from the now infamous “NOLA No-Call” in the NFC Championship Game that stymied a Saints drive and ultimately contributed to a Rams victory. Saints head coach Sean Payton is a member of the NFL’s Competition Committee.

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