Sean Payton of Saints says NFL was not ready for pass interference replay reviews

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Sean Payton is not surprised that the NFL plans to end its year-long experience of allowing interference calls to pass to be re-examined.

Appearing on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore on Thursday, Payton said it had become clear last season that “we weren’t ready to apply this and monitor it the right way.”

“I think the theory behind what the league voted for certainly had a chance. But quite honestly, we weren’t ready in New York to handle it, “said Payton, referring to the official headquarters of the league, where the PI proofreading reviews were determined. “And I know it sounds critical, but it’s just a fact. Consistency and the ability to take calls and at least find a fairly consistent basis for what we will interpret this call. And if we’re not ready there, then we shouldn’t have it.

“And I think that’s the feeling that we all have right now, including myself. “

Payton was the driving force behind the revolutionary league decision to allow interference calls to pass from being screened for the first time last season after his team was the subject of a controversial missed PI call during the match 2018 NFC championship.

But like many other coaches and fans, Payton became disillusioned with the frustrating and inconsistent standard of the league to quash such calls.

The NFL has canceled only 13 of the 81 interference-related games that coaches faced in the 2019 regular season. (Booth reviews resulted in cancellations in 11 of 20 cases.)

Even when the rule had a chance to help the Saints in their overtime defeat against the Minnesota Vikings, the league decided that there were not enough contacts to call the attacking IP against the tight end Vikings Kyle Rudolph in the last game of the match.

Thirty-one of 32 NFL teams voted to experiment with the new one-year IP review rule last season. However, they should have voted again this year to make it a permanent rule change. And there was not enough interest from the teams or the NFL competition committee to even offer a vote at virtual league meetings later this month.

“We are not going to vote … because nobody is offering the OPI / DPI test again,” competition committee chair Rich McKay recently told SiriusXM radio. “So it dies of a natural death. “

Payton was even more critical of the NFL on Thursday when asked about former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison’s claim that coach Mike Tomlin had given him an “envelope” as a reward for a devastating blow from helmet to helmet against the receiver of Cleveland Browns Mohamed Massaquoi in 2010.

Payton, of course, was suspended for an entire season in 2012, among other harsh sentences imposed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the so-called “Bountygate” scandal, when players of the Saints were accused of winning rewards for beating that caused injury.

“If people are waiting for the league to investigate this, they should not hold their breath,” said Payton 105.7. “I think what happened to us in 2011 in many ways was a sham. Yet there was little we could do. You know, the players were justified. But from a league or training perspective, there is no union, no representation. “

Payton said he would be “shocked” if the league punished the Steelers.

“It will be something that will be hidden or under the carpet of Park Avenue,” said Payton. “They will review it briefly. Look, don’t get me started on this. I lost $ 6 million in salary. And honestly, this is something that I will never really get over because I know how it was managed and how it was executed and the reasons behind it. And it’s just the truth. “

The four players who were punished by the NFL during Bountygate eventually saw their sanctions lifted after retaliating through the league’s appeal process and the justice system.

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who was brought in late in the process to hear players’ appeals, cited a lack of clear evidence and precedents for such severe discipline in most cases. Although Tagliabue strongly chastised the saints for the wrongdoing, he stressed that the penalties were more for “speaking” before the match than for any actual foul on the field.

However, no such appeal process was available for Payton or other coaches and team executives who were serving their own suspensions. The team was also fined and stripped of two draft picks in the second round.

Payton said in Thursday’s radio interview that he had had a number of media members who had apologized to him over the years “because they ate cheese early on this – they have been nourished by the office of the league “.

Payton said: “I think the media today is a little more careful with what they are fed from the start. “

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