The NFL is reportedly considering making pass-interference calls reviewable after the officiating crew botched an obvious call during the NFC championship game.
The crew came under fire when Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman slammed into Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis on the Rams’ sideline, but no call was made.
No flag on this play… pic.twitter.com/q5yDHqm0yQ
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 20, 2019
With just a couple minutes left in the game, the Saints had to settle for a field goal. Eventually, the Rams won 26-23 on a field goal in overtime.
With the public outcry, Saints coach Sean Payton said after the game the NFL admitted it blew the call. Now the league reportedly is looking into making sure a similar mistake doesn’t happen again.
“It will be discussed at length along with additional fouls that coaches feel should be subject to review,” an anonymous source told The Washington Post.
Any proposed rule change would need the approval of at least 24 of the 32 NFL team owners.
Making judgment calls such as pass interference reviewable has been heavily opposed in the past. But since the missed call could have likely cost the Saints a ticket to the Super Bowl, some on the competition committee might be willing to consider the possibility of such plays becoming reviewable.
Even Robey-Coleman, who could have also been penalized for targeting on the play, said it was obvious the referees missed the call.
“Oh, hell yeah,” Robey-Coleman said, upon being shown the play on a reporter’s phone. “That was P.I.”
The topic likely will come up in the owners meetings in March, with any changes that receive 75 percent or more of a “yes” vote going into effect next season.