This controversial catch/non-catch by Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has made the replay debate a hot topic among NFL owners.
The NFL Competition Committee is expected to take a new look at instant replay rules in light of several recent controversies with booth reviews.
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, the co-chairman of the committee that deals with on-field rules and regulations – especially rules considering challenges, penalties and booth reviews – told the Associated Press that coaches and team officials are proposing new rules and changes, but may not implement any of them until after the 2015 season or beyond.
”You have two standards. To me, that’s the biggest concern with it is you have an on-the-field, full-speed, bang-bang call made by the official – we’ll just say pass interference – and then now you’re going to go to replay and you’re going to go frame by frame by frame to determine whether it is or not,” Fisher said. ”I’m not so sure that’s where we want to go with our game right now.”
The NFL’s rules concerning the definitions of a “catch” and “pass interference” came into the spotlight in back-to-back weeks. A non-call in the playoffs between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions on what was very likely pass interference, as well as an overturned catch by Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant the following week, cast the fairness of NFL rules into doubt.
Currently there are no coaches challenges or booth reviews allowed on penalty plays to either wave off a penalty flag or draw a penalty flag when there should have been one, but Fisher said the league is looking into the matter.
”We’re scratching the surface on it now, and we’ll look at in detail. To comment at this time would be very premature,” Fisher said. ”But obviously that’s probably going to be one of the major topics of discussion as we resume our meetings in Naples (Florida) next weekend.”
The NFL owners will meet in Florida to begin their annual meetings covering everything from rules to stadiums to rosters to Deflategate.