NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested newshounds Wednesday that the necessary-talked about non-call on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman within the course of the NFC Championship Game used to be a play that “will deserve to were known as” and the league will “see all all over again at immediate replay.”
Noteworthy of Goodell’s time within the course of his Train of the League news conference in Atlanta used to be spent fielding questions centered spherical the non-call and steps the league can presumably pick up to scheme obvious that plays worship that attain now not occur all all over again.
“Let me originate fair on the fundamentals. Peep, we realize the frustration of the followers. I’ve talked to [Saints coach Sean Payton], the group, the players. We realize the frustration that they basically feel fair now. We completely prefer to address that,” Goodell said forward of Sunday’s Natty Bowl LIII between the Rams and Patriots. “At any time when officiating is portion of any roughly discussion put up-game, it’s never a fair consequence for us.”
Payton within the immediate aftermath of the Saints’ past well-liked time loss to the Rams on Jan. 20 — which featured the non-call that can possess given Fresh Orleans a doable game-icing first-down unhurried within the fourth quarter — said the play confirmed “all more motive we need more replay.”
Goodell used to be asked if the play might maybe well spark a ramification of replay.
“Now we possess labored very laborious to carry abilities in to investigate cross-check to scheme obvious that we’ll have the choice to achieve no topic’s imaginable to address those components,” Goodell said. “However abilities is now not going to resolve all of those components. The game is now not officiated by robots, it’s now not going to be. However now we must proceed to head down that route. Specifically, on Sunday night I mediate Coach Payton spoke to Al Riveron, our head of officers, straight away after the game. Al suggested him that that is the play we prefer to possess known as. I basically possess spoken to him, Troy Vincent, the top of soccer operations, has spoken to him. I’ve spoken to [Saints owner Gayle Benson]. Coach has also spoken to the competition committee, Prosperous McKay, the chairman, so there might maybe be been a big deal of dialog in making obvious that they realize that.”
Goodell added: “We are in a position to see all all over again at immediate replay. There were a unfold of proposals over the final, frankly, 15 or Two decades, of ‘must replay be expanded?’ It would now not conceal judgment calls. … The opposite complication is that it used to be a no-call. Our coaches and golf equipment were very resistant and there has now not been enhance to this point about having a replay official or somebody in Fresh York throw a flag when there might maybe be now not any flag. They’ve now not voted for that within the past. It would now not mean that we might maybe well now not, it’s one thing that we’ll position to the competition committee, see if there might maybe be an acknowledge to that, nonetheless the actuality is that’s been no now not up to an opposition philosophically for deal of golf equipment.”
The competition committee is anticipated to ogle potentially reviewing penalties forward of March’s Annual League Assembly, and Goodell used to be asked what his role is concerning those discussions.
“As it pertains to what I mediate my role is is to scheme obvious that that the competition committee understands that right here is serious for us to analyze, to possess in thoughts and take a look at out to see if there might maybe be a better acknowledge than what now we possess nowadays,” Goodell said.
“Incessantly what happens within the competition committee is now not only brooding about a acknowledge, nonetheless what are the unintended consequences to that acknowledge? And that is portion of this suppose of now not looking out a replay official or official again in Fresh York throwing the flag on the no-call. If that happens, that you just might maybe possess a pair of fouls on a play that contributors are having a note at. Now there might maybe be alternatives for this, and I’m now not suggesting that, that is what the committee has to point of curiosity in on. What are the alternatives? What are the unintended consequences? And near up with one thing that we mediate can pick up the aggressive nature of our game, nonetheless also give a enhance to officiating.”
Goodell’s feedback concerning the so-known as slippery slope of immediate replay are the same to outdated remarks from a pair of of the non-Sean Payton participants of the league’s competition committee.
“The put attain you discontinue in that task?” McKay asked within the course of a radio interview final week. “And I mediate all of those issues must be talked about, because it would now not mean it’s now not imaginable, nonetheless it surely does mean you’ll want to to desire out precisely the plot you will implement and never impact the game negatively.”
Falcons owner Arthur Blank expressed a comparable sentiment within the course of an interview on NFL Network’s Natty Bowl Live: “The ingredient you should possess a examine out about, it’s tricky, is to scheme obvious that you just effect now not scheme changes with unintended consequences that all and sundry valid now, the acknowledge creates other concerns that you just do now not prefer to tackle.”
Goodell also emphatically shot down the notion that he might maybe well maybe possess intervened and overturned the consequence of the NFC title game due to a uncared for call by an official.
Here is the portion of the NFL rulebook Roger Goodell learn to record why he did “completely now not” possess in thoughts overturning the NFC championship game consequence in step with a uncared for call by officers. Ravishing simple. pic.twitter.com/OlP9ah5ofiâ Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero)
January 30, 2019
Goodell’s statements concerning the no-call on Robey-Coleman were the league’s first public feedback since the NFC Championship Game, and he used to be asked about the perceived prolong in discussing the events in Fresh Orleans.
“As I said to you we addressed the straight away after the game. We spoke to the coach [Sean Payton]. The coach announced the dialog and the indisputable truth that this play will deserve to were known as and we had several conversations with those golf equipment and other officers over the subsequent several days. That is our task. That’s what we forever attain, in particular with judgement calls. And so it used to be handled no in a different plot as a substitute of to scheme obvious that that we listen and communicated that to the officers.”
Whereas Goodell wired on a pair of occasions that a flag must been thrown on Robey-Coleman, he did pick up time to praise the work finished by officers the difficulties the face in calling games.
“We also know our officers are human,” Goodell said. “We also know that they’re officiating a game that strikes in a short time and must scheme snap decisions below subtle conditions and they also are now not going to construct up it fair every time.”
“They’re girls and men of excessive integrity. They’re that contributors that, when folks are speaking about officiating, they know that’s now not the consequence they need. So I know they’re disappointed also. However they work laborious to scheme obvious that we give a enhance to officiating and I mediate they attain an shapely job.”