Last NFL offseason, the league and competition committee announced a controversial addition of review on pass interference calls. After just one season, that rule is being scrapped.
The biggest rules-related decision by NFL owners this offseason already has been made. The league and competition committee opted to allow the rule making pass interference reviewable by instant replay to expire after one season, without a vote by the owners expected.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) April 30, 2020
The move to add review on pass interference was sparked by a highly disputed call during the NFC Championship game back in 2019. Ultimately, the goal was to prevent game changing no-calls from happening. There was also an emphasis on allowing technology to have a larger role in officiating football games. That turned out to be very unsuccessful with only roughly 12 percent of calls actually being overturned.
Huge @Saints v @RamsNFL rematch Sunday. LA beat New Orleans to the Super Bowl in last meeting after his blown call...— Paul Higham (@SportsPaulH) September 14, 2019
This was so bad the #NFL changed the video replay rules to include pass interference.#NOvsLA | #NFL100 pic.twitter.com/xi7TTkyFaO
Instead of helping improve fair play while discouraging pass interference, it seemingly only slowed down games. Coaches were willing to use their challenge flags on anything that resembled pass interference without much certainty. With a shot at gaining huge chunks of yards, the risk was worth it for head coaches to at least attempt. Former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur had infamously bad luck with pass interference review challenges. Last season he threw the second most flags with three, and struck out all three times.
At the time of implementation, there was public backlash for the decision to add review. Now the committee made a full effort to dismantle the rule without receiving a vote from owners of franchises.