Vincent says NFL ‘failed miserably’ with PI replay

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NFL government vice chairman of soccer operations Troy Vincent, in an interview with NBC Sports activities, acknowledged that the league “failed miserably” in its implementation of pass-interference replay evaluations final season and that such failure would function a cautionary story for the NFL to not rush out rule modifications sooner or later.

Vincent’s feedback got here throughout a broader dialogue of the “sky choose” proposal — the addition of a sales space umpire to every officiating crew — a modified model of which is about to be voted on throughout Thursday’s NFL homeowners videoconference assembly.

“We can’t fail this 12 months,” Vincent told NBC Sports. “We noticed, a 12 months in the past, when (the pass-interference rule) performed out, beginning with myself, what we put in place final 12 months … These outcomes weren’t good for skilled soccer. As a result of we did not do the correct due diligence, it performed out publicly. The very last thing individuals ought to be speaking about is the best way the sport is officiated. They (officers) ought to be faceless objects, managing and facilitating sport movement.

“We failed. I’m first in line. I shared that (with league officials). I failed, as the leader of that department. I failed. We cannot allow that to happen again. What did we learn from that? We’ve got to do our due diligence. You can’t rush and just shove something in there without knowing all the consequences. And we found that out last year, live and in action, publicly.

“We didn’t do (our due diligence) last year, and we failed, and we failed miserably.”

The NFL last year made the groundbreaking decision to allow coaches to challenge pass interference flags and non-calls in response to the controversial missed PI call that cost the New Orleans Saints against the Los Angeles Rams in the 2018 NFC Championship Game. The execution of the rule proved inconsistent, however, with the NFL overturning only 13 of the 81 pass interference-related plays that coaches challenged during the 2019 regular season. (Booth reviews resulted in reversals on 11 of 20 instances.)

The rule was passed on a one-year experimental basis, and last month the NFL competition committee declined to endorse its renewal.

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