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Yeah that's pass interference, but don't you dare challenge it

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    5/52. Let that sink in.

    That's how many times the refs have reviewed a challenged pass interference call in the NFL through 9 weeks (52 times), and they have only overturned the ruling on the field 5 times! That's less than 10%.

    This new ability the coaches were given to challenge PI calls, was instituted for the 2019 season after the disastrous Saints no call play in the 2018 playoffs vs the Rams, that many argue lost the Saints their chance at the Super Bowl. (Of course it really didn't, but it was close enough to the end of the game to where it certainly felt like it.)

    Since then the league has given teams the ability to challenge these plays, but really the refs are making it super clear only interference plays that are equally as flagrant or egregious as the Saints/Rams no call have any chance whatsoever of being overturned. Most of the time the ruling of the field remains the ruling on the field, even if its very clear its a PI.

    Its become so obvious normal pass interference won't be overturned on challenges that the announcers in the game will tell you straight up 'Yeah, that's pass interference alright. But it won't be overturned'. That actually happened in the Cowboys vs Giants Monday Night Football game. (not verbatim but very close)

    The league is looking really dumb right now. They instituted a new rule to make sure the Saints debacle never happens again but made the language of the rule so muddy that normal PIs won't ever be overturned, because the refs are drawing a line in the sand and only overturning the most obvious of missed calls.

    Coaches are burning challenges and wasting timeouts with futility as everyone slowly learns this rule isn't what it was advertised as. Don't challenge unless it's crazy flagrant. And even then... who knows.

    They need to do away with this rule completely and do a better job officiating. Add another 'eye in the sky' ref thats in the ear of the on field refs that can in semi-real time overtime PI calls. That'd be a much smoother fix, don't you think?

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    I've been absolutely infuriated by so many pass interferences that were never called. I know that we as the viewers get an up close look at most plays, so I can understand how they miss them in real time. But when you have several refs on the field that have this as their one and only job to do, you'd think they'd catch more than 5/52. We all know the number is much, much higher than that.

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    SFriedman Wrote:

    They need to do away with this rule completely and do a better job officiating. Add another 'eye in the sky' ref thats in the ear of the on field refs that can in semi-real time overtime PI calls. That'd be a much smoother fix, don't you think?

    That's what Mike Pereira wants to happen. He would know better than most anyone, so I say let's do that.