NFL to make pass interference calls subject to coaches' challenge


Pass interference penalties, both calls and non-calls, will be subject to coaches' challenge starting next season.

The new rule will apply to both offensive and defensive pass interference. In the final two minutes of each half and overtime, the plays in question will go to booth review.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke Tuesday night about the rule change.

"Having been part of almost all the discussions, I personally believe it was the fact that every club in the league wanted to get these plays right," said Goodell. "Replay is to get it right, and ultimately I think people compromised on long-held views because they want to get the system right -- they want to get the play right.

"I think you will see replay continue to evolve, but I would tell you that I think one of the foundations of it was the challenge system. The clubs really felt that that was important to continue, so I could see it expanding to other plays in the future, but within the challenge system."

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Cincinnati Bengals were the only team to vote against the new rule.

No one is happier about the rule passing than Saints head coach Sean Payton. Of course, his team was victimized by the controversial non-call late in last season's NFC Championship Game that ultimately cost them a trip to the Super Bowl.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been vocal in the past about his desire for expanded replay.

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