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NFL pass interference calls and non-calls are now able to be challenged

Big change.

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The National Football League is making a big change: offensive/defensive pass interference calls AND non-calls are now subject to coaches challenges and 2-minute review, according to multiple reports. 31 out of 32 NFL owners voted in favor of this rule change on Tuesday evening.

The impetus for this new rule obviously stems from the controversial non-call that helped the Los Angeles Rams defeat the New Orleans Saints in the 2019 NFC Championship Game. Sean Payton and the Saints haven’t stopped whining about that play since they lost ... even though New Orleans got the ball first in overtime and ultimately screwed themselves.

If the new rules were in effect last season, the Philadelphia Eagles could’ve challenged a BS offensive pass interference call on Dallas Goedert during a Week 14 game against the Cowboys. Of course, the officials could’ve determined their original call was correct, even though it wasn’t. There can be a lot of subjectivity involved with pass interference, after all.

And that’s exactly why there’s some question about instating this new rule. So, it’ll be interesting to see how this change impacts the game in 2019. It sure feels like there’s bound to be a lot more challenge flags thrown.


Do you approve of the league’s decision to make pass interference reviewable?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Yes - this is a good change
    (1317 votes)
  • 34%
    No - it should’ve been kept how it was
    (699 votes)
2016 votes total Vote Now

Here’s a complete list of approved changes for 2019.

Approved 2019 Playing Rules Summary

1. By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the kickoff rule changes that were implemented during the 2018 season.

2. By Competition Committee; Expands protection to a defenseless player.

3. By Competition Committee; Changes the enforcement of double fouls when there is a change of possession.

4. By Competition Committee; Simplifies the application of scrimmage kick rules for missed field goals.

5. By Competition Committee; Allows teams to elect to enforce on the succeeding try or on the succeeding free kick an opponent’s personal or unsportsmanlike conduct foul committed during a touchdown.

6c. Attached - For one year only, expands the reviewable plays in Instant Replay to include pass interference, called or not called on the field. Also expands automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any Try attempt (extra point or two-point conversion).

16. By Competition Committee; to amend Rule 15, Section 1, Article 5 to allow League personnel to disqualify for both flagrant football and non-football acts.

Approved 2019 Bylaws Summary

1. By Buffalo; to amend Article XVII, Section 17.4 to liberalize the rule for reacquisition of a player assigned via waivers.

2. By Competition Committee; to amend Article XVII, Section 17.1 to provide clubs with more roster flexibility during training camp.

3. By Competition Committee; to amend Article XVIII, Section 18.1 to provide teams more effective access to players during the postseason.

4. By Competition Committee; to amend Article XIV, Section 14.3(B)(8) to make the tie-breaking procedures fairer for the selection meeting.

5. By Competition Committee; to amend Article XVII, Section 17.1 to provide additional roster spots during the preseason.

6. By Competition Committee; to amend Article XVII, Section 12.3 to offer more roster flexibility.

Approved 2019 Resolutions Summary

G-1. By Competition Committee; to amend the Anti-Tampering Policy to permit an interested club to contact a Vested Veteran before clubs have been notified of the player’s termination via the Player Personnel Notice if (i) the players is not subject to the Waivers System and, (ii) the employer club has publicly announced the player’s release.

G-2a. By Competition Committee; for one year only, Clubs will receive the League’s post-game responses to officiating inquiries submitted by any club.

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