Kevin SeifertNFL Nation
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ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013
Coated Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008
The NFL’s Competitors Committee finalized its new rule Thursday for reviewing go interference, opting towards a number of urged tweaks and upholding the wording house owners initially permitted in March.
In consequence, coaches will have the ability to problem go interference calls or no-calls up till the two-minute warning of both half. Within the remaining two minutes of every half and in extra time, on-site replay officers can be accountable for stopping the sport to overview go interference, as they’re for all different reviewable performs.
The rule will cowl the 2019 season, after which house owners will resolve whether or not to increase, tweak or eradicate it for 2020.
Committee members, involved about extreme stoppages through the remaining moments of video games, floated the thought of prohibiting replay officers from stopping the sport to overview go interference. As an alternative, that accountability would have remained with coaches. However various coaches pushed again on that concept, anxious that it might impression their timeout technique. (Challenges may be made provided that a staff has a timeout remaining.)
To deal with the issues about stoppages, the committee has instructed replay officers to make use of a “stricter standards” for stopping the sport to overview go interference. In a video launched on Twitter, the NFL mentioned there should be “clear and apparent proof” go interference foul could or could not have occurred with a purpose to cease the sport for a overview.
The @NFL Competitors Committee at the moment unanimously really useful the rule permitted in March for immediate replay of go interference stay in impact for the 2019 season solely. pic.twitter.com/fM9XK2kuFk
— NFL Soccer Operations (@NFLFootballOps) June 20, 2019
The committee may also enable Hail Mary performs to be reviewed, in line with the video, so long as it’s “in line with the rules for officiating the play on the sector.” Such performs sometimes embrace heavy contact between receivers and defenders, however officers hardly ever penalize them for it. The expectation across the NFL is that replay officers will hardly ever, if ever, cease the sport to overview Hail Marys.