Rules Proposal Football

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. Reviewing penalty calls, including pass interference, will be among proposals NFL owners will hear to expand the use of replay when they meet next week in Phoenix. Expanding replay has become a scorching topic since the NFC championship game, when a non-call on a blatant pass interference and helmet-to-helmet hit by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman likely cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) ORG XMIT: NY155

Less than two months after the NFL changed the rule on instant replay, there could be another tweak to the rule.

In April, league owners voted to make all offensive and defensive pass interference calls, in addition to no-calls, challengeable and reviewable in NFL games.

Under the vote, which passed by a vote of 31-1, a called or non-called pass interference infraction can be challenged by coaches during the game before the two-minute mark at the end of each half. Then, in the final two minutes, the process will go to booth reviews, the same way that other reviewable calls have been in the past.

On Wednesday at the NFL spring meetings in Key Biscayne, Fla., Judy Battista of the NFL Network reported that league owners voted to allow the competition committee the ability to adjust the instant replay process for pass interference inside two minutes in each half.  The committee, if it so chooses, could decide if coaches will be allowed to challenge calls in the final two minutes rather than a booth review.

Saints coach Sean Payton is a member of the committee and was a key figure in getting the instant replay for pass interference calls passed in April.  Normally, changing this rule would be something owners would vote on. But Wednesday's decision leaves it up to the competition committee.

The rule change comes months after the New Orleans Saints were on the wrong end of an apparent missed pass interference call late in the NFC Championship Game, which the Rams went on to win and play in the Super Bowl.


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Since the missed call, instant replay has been one of the most talked about topics this off season.