NFL owners voted 31-1 to make offensive and defensive pass interference calls and non-calls reviewable in 2019, the NFL announced Tuesday from the annual league meetings in Phoenix.
According to multiple reports, the Cincinnati Bengals were the only team to vote against the rule.
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The new rule, which will be revisited next offseason to determine if it becomes permanent, will allow coaches to challenge any call or non-call of pass interference before the final two minutes of each half, and any such plays to be reviewable by the booth inside of two minutes. Coaches will still be allowed only two challenges per game, or three if the first two are successful.
After getting little support from the owners in meetings Monday, the rule change was pushed over the edge by overwhelming support from coaches, multiple outlets reported. Meetings regarding the rule ran long Monday as coaches made their case for implementing the change, and they continued Tuesday.
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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton led the effort, after his team missed out on a likely appearance in Super Bowl LIII when referees failed to make an obvious pass interference call late in the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams.
“I think we got it right,” Payton told reporters afterward. “It felt like we had to go around the block twice, and then arrived at the right address.”
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Saints owner Gayle Benson, who issued a strong statement after the team’s championship game loss in reference to the officiating, added, “This is what I wanted to happen. That’s why I made my statement. [The missed call] will never happen again.”
“People compromised on long-held views because people wanted to get it right,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in his press conference, held shortly after the new rule was approved.
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