After a blatant pass interference penalty went uncalled on the final meaningful play of Seattle’s 26-24 win over Atlanta on Sunday, many people are clamoring for pass interference to become a reviewable play.
There is merit to that movement, but Ian Rapoport doesn’t expect it to gain much traction this offseason.
“I just don’t see it,” the NFL Network analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I know the arguments, but I just don’t believe that there’s enough support on the competition committee to make this happen. It’s something they’ve looked at. I know there have been proposals: make everything reviewable but keep the same number of challenges, but it seems that they just don’t want to basically take it out of the referees’ hands and make all of the judgment calls reviewable. I just don’t see it. Part of the problem is you start looking at all the plays. Julio Jones, he had a hands-to-the-face penalty (against Richard Sherman) that probably should have been called on the same play. So you could sort of look at every penalty and find something. I just don’t see that having a ton of support.”
Bill Belichick and John Harbaugh are apparently in favor of making pass interference a reviewable play, but that’s about it.
“It doesn’t sound like (there’s enough support for it),” Rapoport said. “I think what they want to do is streamline it, but the problem is, whenever Belichick does anything, the publicity is crazy so it sort of has an outsized following because it’s him who argued it. And, he’s apparently very persuasive in the room, so I think a lot of people were interested, at least.”
Of course, even if pass interference becomes reviewable, each individual instance would be open to interpretation, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.
Catch rule, anyone?
“That has led to some problems,” Rapoport said. “We review it, we look at it closely, we do slow-mo and all we say is, ‘We don’t know what a catch is.’ Well, part of the problem is – because there is a sort of subjective element to it and we review it – and I’m not sure it’s actually helped anything, honestly.”