Vincent told NBC Sports that the result will cause the league to proceed with caution when it comes to rushing rule changes in the future. He said the NFL will need to have a better implementation plan if the owners approve the addition of a “stand referee” in Thursday’s vote on the rule changes.
“We can’t fail this year,” said Vincent. “We saw, a year ago, [the pass interference rule] played, starting with myself, what we set up last year … These results weren’t good for professional football. Because we did not do the appropriate due diligence, it happened publicly. The last thing people should talk about is how the game is played. They [officials] should be faceless objects, managing and facilitating the progress of the game.
“We have failed. I am on the front line. I shared that [with league officials]. I failed as head of this department. I failed. We cannot allow this to happen again. What have we learned from this? We have to do our due diligence. You can’t rush in and just push something in there without knowing all the consequences. And we found out last year, live and in action, in public. “
“We didn’t [our due diligence] last year, and we failed, and we failed miserably, “he added.
The league added pass interference as a reviewable game on a one-year trial basis last year after a blatant non-appeal potentially cost the New Orleans Saints a spot in the Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship. The competition committee did not approve the extension of the trial last week and the game will no longer be eligible for review this season.
In its only year of operation, successful interference reviews have seen only 24 of 101 calls canceled.
Among other changes proposed to the owners for voting on Thursday, a proposal that would give teams another option instead of a kick allows a team to retain possession of the ball after a score by replacing an attacking game. The kicking team would attempt a fourth and a 15 from their 25-meter line. This could be done a maximum of two times per game.