Another season looms and another rule change has come into force courtesy of the New Orleans Saints.
We all know Saints fans have not forgot their 26-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams to head to the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.
Their anger has now resulted in a new rule change… and another and another and another.
NFL owners voted on Tuesday night to allow offensive and this means defensive pass interference penalties to be subject to challenge and review play.
What does this rule change mean?
For the 2019 season, coaches can now challenge any flags or missed penalties until the final two minutes, when such instances are subject to booth review only.
The shifts comes on the back of Rams’ cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman not being called for a pass interference penalty on Tommylee Lewis in the final two minutes of the game.
The new rule will be implemented on a one- year trial basis.
It was passed by 31-1 in favour of the rule with the Cincinnati Bengals the only team voting against it.
Saints pleased with rule change
The Saints expressed their joy at the change on their social media account.
Team owner Gayle Benson told the NFL Network: “This is what I wanted to happen.
“That’s why I made my statement, (the non-call in the title game) will never happen again.”
Saints head coach Sean Payton also said the NFL ‘got it right’.
“I think it’s more about the football element [than a personal victory],” Payton said.
“This isn’t going to be perfect always, and we know that.
“The mere shape of the ball tells you it’s not going to bounce the same way.
“But these are fouls that the analysts are able to point and say, ‘Hey, they’re the most impactful fouls.’ I think we got it right.”
Will it make games last longer?
This is an age old debate, however another question remains can you really replay a challenge in real time?
The answer is no because replays are slowed down which makes reviews all that harder.
This is not to say the call in the Saints game should not have been reviewed because it should have.
A majority of people saw in real time that Robey-Coleman was no where near the ball.
But it now mean more plays will be slowed down in order to hand out a judgement.
The change had to be done, it had to happen but how it will affect the game as a whole remains to be seen.