Pass interference now reviewable: NFL coaches give opinions on rule change

first_imgMike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings“My opinion, it’s a bad idea. I think when you slow it down, frame-by-frame and do it (by) letter of the law, it can be very ticky tacky.“I sat in with the coaches yesterday, and we talked about one play that we slowed down frame-by-frame-by-frame. Even the offensive coaches didn’t think it was pass interference, except maybe Bruce (Arians).”Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay Buccaneers“Great idea.” Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons“It can be a good idea. Let’s make sure we all know the standard of what that is. So, think back to last year; we really nailed down what a catch is. And so I would anticipate that if we’re going to have something that’s reviewable, it better be clear to everybody who’s watching — if you’re at home or at the bar. ‘OK, that’s pass interference.’ And then we can challenge what that would be.“I think as long as what it is, is very clear. The subjective ones are sometimes hard, and that’s why a catch was difficult. In bounds or out of bounds — that’s not as hard. But was he down or not? Did he cross the goal line? So the subjective ones are more challenging.“Let’s make sure the standard of what OPI or DPI is, if we go down that road, let’s make sure that everybody’s working from the same standard.”Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles Chargers“We’re talking about it. We’d like to come up with something to take care of the egregious missed calls. Officials are human. They make mistakes.“At the same time, trying to make this game a perfect game — that’s not realistic. We don’t want to slow it down. I’m sure we can come up with something.” During a media session with NFL coaches Tuesday in Phoenix, hours before the approval of the new replay rules, SN was curious to about their opinions on the idea of making pass interference reviewable. We asked the same, simple question to seven coaches: “Is making pass interference reviewable a good idea or a bad idea?”Below are their responses. (Getty Images) PHOENIX — Evidently, the replay review conversation fueled by an infamous non-call in last season’s NFC championship game was just as fierce among the men who help contrive the NFL’s rule book as it has been among the fans whose opinions are projected via social media and bar-room shouting matches.We doubt Saints coach Sean Payton literally screamed at, say, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who told Sporting News he does not like the idea of making a pass interference penalty or non-call a reviewable play. But Monday’s private session featuring the league’s coaches, part of the NFL’s annual meeting in Phoenix this week, reportedly ran long due to the emphatic nature of the replay conversation. Payton called it “the best meeting I’ve been a part of in my 13 years.” (Getty Images) MORE: Sean Payton lobbies for replay expansionLargely as a result of the missed pass interference penalty that helped the Rams advance to the Super Bowl over the Saints, NFL team owners on Tuesday voted to pass a proposal that for one year will make offensive and defensive pass interference calls and non-calls reviewable.The reason for the initial proposal, per the NFL: “Integrity of the Game.” With a capital G, of course.This is a big deal for the NFL and its “Game” — more so, apparently, than conversations around topics such as modified overtime rules, onside kick alternatives or any of the other 20 playing rule and bylaw proposals being considered. The understandable passion Payton has expressed with his opinion is shared by other coaches, but not all of them agree on the topic. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers“I’m still trying to mull that one over, because when you really slow it down, it just depends. Are we watching it at live speed, or are we slowing it down? I think it could be a slippery slope. When you’re watching it (at) so many frames per second, it’s really slow, everything looks like pass interference.“I think I think there’s an element to be able to officiate the game at live speed. For example, a great clip of this happening was in the Super Bowl, when Brandin Cooks was (catching) a go ball. It was 10-3, late in the game, and he got his arm tugged. At live speed, it didn’t necessarily look like PI, but when you slow it down, it did.“But yeah, I think it could be a slippery slope.”Frank Reich, Indianapolis Colts“I think there’s been some good discussions. I think it’s going to work itself out. You’ve got a lot of good football people here who want what’s best for the game, for the fans, for the players. And it’s been really interesting. It’s been fun.“As a head coach getting to sit in these discussions and hearing everybody’s take on it … a lot of different variations of what we could do and what we should do. So I think it’s a question of working together. ‘What makes sense? What’s the next step?’ Everybody wants the same thing. ‘How do we make it right for the obvious stuff?’It’s never going to be perfect. That’s the big thing. Whatever decision is made, that’s not going to be perfect, either. There’s still going to be things coaches aren’t happy with and fans aren’t happy with. So there’s gotta be a way to get the low-hanging fruit and the obvious stuff, so I think that’s the focus.” Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks“I think it’s an idea that’s worth investigating. I go back to the number of years we’ve been coming to this meeting and talked about all the discrepancies, and awareness of offensive and defense pass interference and how we call it and trying to figure it out,(but) never really solving the problem, because it’s just a natural problem.“If this (rule change) takes place, this is a step to affect the outcome of that. The league has determined how volatile (PI) is because it’s a spot foul call; 50-yard plays. To give us a chance to clarify some of those calls that might have gone the wrong way, it’s worth looking at.“If that happens, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens to the rest of the play. You can’t review every play. There’s so few challenges happening right now — under one challenge a game is the average — that maybe we’ll utilize those a little bit more. Maybe the guys upstairs can get a look and they can stop it and say, ‘OK, yeah, this guy did grab somebody, or he did shove somebody,’ that they couldn’t see in full speed.“This is not something to hold against the officials. Every official that has ever officiated in the years I’ve been in the game, they’ve all been trying to get it right. And nobody has solved the problem. It’s just a natural, difficult situation to figure out. So this may help some of those calls.”last_img read more

New figures highlight huge incidence of drug driving on Donegal roads

first_imgRecent figures have highlighted the ongoing spike in drug-driving in the county with the number of drivers arrested for the offence at an all-time high. Locally, 28 drivers have been arrested in the first two quarters of this year alone. A huge spike when compared to the same period in 2018 when 19 people were arrested in the entire year.The news comes following the annual Road Safety Authority academic lecture in Dublin on Monday. Since April 2017, when the Garda deployed new roadside drug-detection equipment nationally, some 68 per cent of drivers who tested positive for drugs had a positive test for cannabis.After cannabis, cocaine was the next most popular drug, showing up in 37 per cent of positive samples.Other drugs which he said were appearing in analyses were benzodiazepines such as diazepam and flurazepam, opioids such as heroin and codeine and stimulants such as flephedrone.Others noted were pregabalin or gabapentin, used in the treatment of epilepsy and generalised anxiety disorder; and zolpidem or zopiclone, used in the treatment of insomnia. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross said: “Driving under the influence of drugs has been a statutory offence since 1961 but it wasn’t until 2017, with the introduction of Preliminary Drug Testing, that we had a drug testing device capable of testing for the presence of drugs in drivers at the roadside and in the Garda station.“It’s clear that its introduction has resulted in an increase in drug driving detections, but the results presented today show that continued enforcement and education effort is required to tackle this killer behaviour.”However, despite the huge incidence of drug driving, alcohol remained the most frequently detected drug in the county.189 people have been arrested for driving while over the legal alcohol limit in Q1 and Q2 of this year, 23 more when compared to the same period previous.Assistant Commissioner, David Sheahan, Roads Policing, An Garda Síochána, said: “Since 2017, Gardaí have been given powers to conduct Preliminary Drug Testing at the roadside or in Garda stations. “This has allowed the Gardaí to establish roadside checkpoints for testing drivers for drugs. with similar powers to mandatory alcohol testing.As a result, detections for drug driving have risen significantly. Drivers need to realise that the days of avoiding detection for drug driving are over and that we are determined to stamp out this killer behaviour.”The importance of road safety and the dangers that exist on a daily basis on our roads will be highlighted to Donegal students at the Road Safe Show in the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny over the next two days.New figures highlight huge incidence of drug driving on Donegal roads was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Groves ‘counting the seconds’ to his return

first_imgGeorge Groves says he cannot wait to return to the ring against European super-middleweight champion Christopher Rebrasse this weekend.Saturday’s WBC world title eliminator at Wembley Arena will be Groves’ first outing since his second attempt to take Carl Froch’s WBA and IBF belts ended in defeat in May.The European title and the vacant WBC Silver title will also be on the line when Groves, 26, faces the 28-year-old Frenchman.Hammersmith’s Groves, who has also been British and Commonwealth champion, declared:  ‘’I’m chomping at the bit.“Obviously less is more at this stage but we’ve had a very good camp and we’ve enjoyed ourselves.“Now I can’t wait to get in there and rock ‘n’ roll. I’m counting down the seconds before I can get back in the ring and back to what I do best.’’Rebrasse has won 22, lost two and drawn three of his 27 professional fights.Groves, meanwhile, has a record of 19-2, having been unbeaten before his two losses against Froch.The first of those defeats was hugely controversial as the challenger had floored Froch and was ahead of the judges’ scorecards before the fight was abruptly stopped in the ninth round.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more