Is pass interference reviewable? 

Dukes & Bell
December 19, 2019 - 6:26 pm
Dec 8, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; The NFL referee crew of referee John Hussey (35) work the game between the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 49ers won, 48-46. Mandatory Credit: Chuck C

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Rich McKay joined Dukes & Bell and talked about why reviewing pass interference might not be working like some thought it would.

McKay talked about when replay is at it’s best.

 “Instant replay use to be only about objective lines, so is the foot in or is it out, did the foot cross the line or not.” McKay said “So when you look at replay at it’s best, replay at it’s best, where is it at it’s best? It’s the Julio Jones last play of the game, it is at it’s best, the line judge thought Julio was short, marked him short and the game was over. But for the fact that replay said no no there is an objective line called the goal line, there’s a ball we can see clearly that the ball crossed the line lets give it four inches, six inches whatever it is and we win the game really because of replay and that’s what replay is made for.”

Rich explained why the subjectivity of pass interference makes it difficult to overturn.

“When you get to pass interference it’s different because it’s subjective it’s supposed to be a series of factors that you as an official subjectively decide there was a significant hindrance of the receiver and therefore it’s dpi.” McKay said “Just realize you and I, whoever else looks at the play we’re always going to have a different opinion, we may all say one of them is pass interference, we may all say one of them is not pass interference but we’re always gonna have a little bit of a different opinion. The thing that I think gets us in trouble this year with plays like you’re talking about is we all start looking at them in slow motion and in slow motion all that subjectivity that should be there about significant hindrance, about clear and obvious starts to go away because in all of them you say well look he’s got his jersey, well look he’s got his hand on him. But in full speed when that official looked at it he’s said it’s not enough, and in his not enough in order to reverse it, New York’s not going to reverse it unless it’s clear and obvious that it was enough and they’re trying to look at it in full speed.”