- The Washington Times
Sunday, November 17, 2019

This new NFL rule allowing coaches to challenge pass interference calls and non-calls hasn’t been going so well.

The latest example might be the most egregious of the season: Baltimore Ravens defensive back Marlon Humphrey hung onto Houston Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins on this pass attempt, and interference wasn’t called.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien challenged — and the refs still didn’t see what most of football Twitter clearly saw. The decision was upheld.

After the officials missed a blatant pass interference at a vital moment at the end of last year’s NFC Championship Game, team owners voted to expand instant replay rules to allow coaches to challenge calls like this — or the opposite, if coaches feel a ref wrongly called offensive or defensive pass interference on their player.

But the rule may not be doing what it was intended to do. Referees overturned just seven of the first 40 pass interference calls challenged to start the year, and the rate of getting it right likely has gotten worse since then.

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