There is no answer for the NFC Championship game catastrophe.
The NFL competition committee met for two days in Indianapolis to discuss possible changes to the instant replay rule in the wake of the infamous no-call on an obvious pass interference against the Rams in their win over the Saints.
“We’ve had these conversations,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told ESPN. “And you start rehashing them, and you go, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve had this conversation again and again and again and again and again.’”
Giants owner and committee member John Mara said he’s “not sensing a lot of support for making changes,” according to ESPN.
“Calls are just missed,” he said. “Officials are just human. They’re going to miss calls from time to time. … To think that we’re going to be a system where calls are always going to be corrected from New York or from upstairs, I just don’t think we’re there or even close to being there.”
The weeks after the call that was filled with angst by Saints fans and a notable silence by commissioner Roger Goodell. Many called for the NFL to add pass interference call to the replay system, but the league’s owners seem to have rejected that possibility.
When Goodell did finally speak, nearly two weeks later, he laid out the rejected changes that had been discussed through the years.
“It does not cover judgment calls. Our coaches and clubs have been very resistant,” Goodell said. “There has not been support to date about having a replay official or someone in New York throw a flag when there is no flag. They have not voted for that in the past; it doesn’t mean that we won’t.
“We’ll put it to the competition committee, see if there is an answer to that. But the reality is, it’s been there has been opposition philosophically for many clubs.”
The monumental blunder did little to change the minds of the competition committee, which seems to have chalked it up to just bad luck.
“Over the course of time,” Jones said, “everybody gets affected by a call, by a player making a mistake, by a coach making a bad decision. Those things happen.”