NFL owners voted on Tuesday night to approve a set of rules that allow for reassessment of offensive and defensive passport interference, including non-calls.
Coaches can challenge these calls in the first 28 minutes of each half. In the last two minutes of each half, these calls will be subject to a booth review.
This rule change is only in the 2019 season.
Owners passed the order 31-1 at the annual league meeting in Phoenix on Tuesday night. Cincinnati Bengals was the only team to vote against pass interference replay reviews, sources told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Coaches will still have only two challenge flags.
This decision comes the day after New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said the competition authority agreed with a modified proposal to amend the rule (6B), where coaches would be allowed to challenge offensive and defensive passport interference, although there were no flags on the game. The rule change, which was submitted on Tuesday night, is considered 6C.
The pass-through call and non-call review came to the forefront of the NFC Championship Game in January, when Los Angeles Ram's cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman sacked Tommylee Lewis early on a third-down game late in the fourth quarter. No punishment was called on the play. Rams continued to win the game and make the Super Bowl.
Demand sparked disgrace from holy fans, coaches and brass, including the owner Gayle Benson, who went so far to release a non-call statement.
Tuesday evening, Benson celebrated the change of rule.
"That's what I wanted to do. That's why I made my statement," Benson told reporters, per. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport "[The non-call in the NFC title game].
" We think it was a good change, "Payton told reporters." We are trying to solve the two emotions that are most effective games. … The last three years, coaches are a little more superior to their challenges. I think it will continue especially the small fact that you now have a more meaningful player you can challenge.
"South for two minutes, it's in replay's hands, but north for two minutes it's in your hands. I think it won't go back how we see a game. I just think that it is only two calls. "
The change of one year's bill was not just about satisfying the outraged saints. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that it was important that the teams agreed to expand replay review.
"I personally think it was the fact that every club wanted to get and the league wanted to get these games right," Goodell said at a press conference immediately after the vote. "Replay is getting it right. And ultimately, people I believe compromised on long-standing views because they want the system right. They want the game right."
Around the NFL there will soon be more on this history.