Once again the New England Patriots are wrapped up in the latest NFL controversy.
It seems that when any changes come to the NFL, the New England Patriots have something to do with them. Once again this is the case with the league’s newest rule change.
On Tuesday the league announced a new change to the replay system. Now coaches will be able to challenge pass interference calls.
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This is a big change that I think will hurt the game. If you haven’t noticed an NFL game is rather long. This change only makes things longer. Coaches will be throwing challenge flags left and right.
An important thing to note about this change is that challenges can be made to reverse a pass interference call or to correct a missed call. This is why we will probably see games last a lot longer.
Now of course with every rule change there has to be a connection to the New England Patriots. The league believed that in the 4th quarter the Patriots got away with pass interference on Brandin Cooks.
The play that was mentioned occurred right before Stephon Gilmore’s interception. If that is pass interference I would hate to be a cornerback in today’s NFL. That looked like some great coverage to me.
I would definitely expect to see a rise in pass interference calls in 2019. With the ability to challenge these close calls, refs will be going by the book and will be forced to throw the flag. We all still remember the disaster that was the NFC Championship.
So it will be interesting to see what becomes of the NFL. Will more and more calls succumb to coach’s challenges?
The NFL seems to be on a slippery slope. The game that we know and love might be changed forever.