INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL's Competition Committee has spent the past two days discussing the present and the future of replay, but has not agreed on a change, several members said Tuesday. In most cases, the conversations that took place here at the scout meeting reshaped previously rejected ideas.
The chairman of the committee, Rich McKay, joked that the subject was discussed every year "since 1986", and Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones said that there were not many new ideas to consider.
"We had these conversations," Jones said. "And you start taking them back, and you say," Oh my God, we had this conversation over and over, over and over and over and over again. "
In recent years, the committee and most homeowners have rejected plans that would expand the replay by adding new categories of eligible games and / or adding an eighth official to each team. Neither one nor the other has collected enough support to move to a full vote of the owners.
The new variable in 2019 is of course whether a missed pass interference call in the NFC Championship game will add urgency to adopting previously rejected plans. Officials fail to report Los Angeles Rams corner half Nickell Robey-Coleman in the fourth quarter had a direct impact on the Rams' 26-23 overtime victory over the Saints of New Orleans. Jones said this call created "energy" to discuss a system that does not allow for revisions of penalties or non-calls.
Overall, however, Jones noted that mistakes are an integral part of the game. Notably, no one involved in the decision – not Commissioner Roger Goodell, nor any member of the competition committee – has publicly expressed support for the broadening of the replay or the addition of an official.
"Over time," said Jones, "everyone is touched by a call, by a player who makes a mistake, by a coach who makes a bad decision, these are things that are happening."
McKay said he expects several teams to propose "significant" changes to the rehearsal, but said the committee's discussions would focus more on "adjustments" that could give the system more capacity to correct mistakes. obvious. The missed call last month gave a natural boost to the discussion, but McKay did not commit to anything more. He did not think that the committee would reach consensus before the owners' meetings held on March 24th and 27th.
"Given the importance of the piece and the emphasis on this late-part error, you must again have a top-down discussion," McKay said. "I think it's the right thing to do.When you have it, you can come up with ideas to change the replay, add to, subtract, whatever it may be." I think that's Is a healthy discussion.
"And also, I think you're going to have people who have always wanted to broaden the replay and want to take advantage of this moment to hold this discussion, which I do not blame them for wanting to do. must go to the end, that is to say from end to end, because there are so many complications in the way this affects the game, the arbitration, the playing time, the pace of play, all of this, we're going to do this. "