The Problem(s) With The Option to Challenge Pass Interference

“I was wrong.”

What person ever WANTS to say/admit that fact? No one – that includes referees…and me.

This rule of challenging pass interference was instituted after, in the NFC Championship Game last season, the Rams got away with a PA no-call against the Saints, which sent Los Angeles to the Super Bowl. It must’ve been tough to be a New Orleans fan.

My concern with the rule is simply ego.

What referee wants to admit a judgment call was wrong? These refs are watching the plays when they happen and make the call (or no-call) based on observation.

Also, refs are paid to do a good job. Overturning pass interference calls each week is going to get the attention of supervisors. If I was a ref, I wouldn’t want to admit a screw-up and have my bosses see my mistakes.

Now, one may argue about the fact of fumbling the ball or being down as also a judgment call. It is, in the moment. However, the difference is a review will get the 100% right call.

It’s either down or not down.

Pass interference is a judgment call with the review just being another judgment call.

I also feel like it takes away from the authenticity of the game. It just doesn’t feel right. It delays the game and every play announcers are now going to speculate if it should be challenged or not…

Additionally, a perceived blown call once in a while almost adds to the game. It gives pundits and fans something to talk about. It makes some happy, some angry and that’s what sports fandom is all about.

Where does it end?

Are teams going to be able to challenge a holding call next? What about a false start? One penalty is now challengeable while others are not?

One final note is in the final two minutes of each half the replay booth will be the ones choosing to call a review. We’ll see how this goes with the regular season starting soon.

Watch the play that caused this below:

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