PHOENIX, Ariz. — Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown had no trouble being the lone dissenting voice against revised minute playoff rules in the NFL’s annual meeting this week.
“Well, I have been in that position before. I just vote with my opinion and how I view it. I am not attempting to be more offensive.
The owners Tuesday voted 31-1 to allow defensive and offensive pass interference to be at the mercy of a coach’s challenge, even if there is initially no flag thrown to the play. A booth review can be initiated such plays in the final 2 minutes of each halfan hour.
Brown along with his dad, the late Paul Brown, have been against major immediate replay changes as it was embraced in the 1970s, along with his position has not changed much through the years.
“The reason we have been against it’s that it disturbs the match. It alters the nature of this match, within my mind,” he explained. “I believe it’s in some ways sort of strange to find people all sitting there waiting for someone in New York to tell them it really is or it isn’t.
Brown said he doesn’t like drawing the game out with reviews because it interrupts the natural ebbs and flows of all things. He took issue having a judgment call today remaining reviewable.
“If they put it in, these were smart enough to restrict it more than it’s today,” he explained. “Plus it was assumed to be utilized only when the play had a big impact on the overall game. Well, it evolved with the years and they utilize it in all sorts of situations. I don’t think that’s good for this match. It is that there’s going to be officiating mistake, but it is also the simple fact instant replay doesn’t necessarily correct it. It actually compounds the situation on occasion.”
The new rules, which will soon be implemented on a trial basis for that next calendar year, could represent a fundamental shift from this match.
Brown and Bengals Vice-president Troy Blackburn acknowledged the public’s fervor to view rule changes following the outcry following the NFC Championship Game between the La Rams and New Orleans Saints in January. There is significant disagreement among the NFL’s competition committee, which finally voted 8-0 in favor of this change, to find the proposition only perfect.
“I think one factor they felt pressured by was’If not we make a move ?’ Otherwise, New Orleans could inflate in smoke,” Brown said of the rivalry committee. “The atmosphere was it was time for you to demonstrate a concern enough for a few of the stuff to try. I think that is well-received in New Orleans; I think it’s going to soon be well-received in a number of various cities.”
Added Blackburn:”I think there is a feeling that the public wanted something done because there is this an inequity that arose. However, whether there is ways to deal with exactly what fans want, that will be perfect officiating, because we want perfect officiating, too, but can you get that?
Brown said he doesn’t think implementing these new rules will undoubtedly probably be any kind of fix.
“There is no answer that,’Well, we will have instant replay and there wont be any longer bad pass interference calls.’ I don’t think so, but we’ll find,” he explained.
Brown and Blackburn said your competition committee was one point in a 4-4 tie whether establishing a penalty via a challenge was ultimately good or bad for the match.
“A number of the senior members of this competition committee had questions such as historical reasons about having the ability to initiate a filthy during playoff,” Blackburn explained. “And then you have all of the complexities whenever you get right into it. What if there is a off setting offensive filthy? Therefore there is a grip on the line on a defensive pass interference play. And exactly what they said is that they are going to review the full play. Therefore that would not clean up the way everybody thinks.”
But that will not affect their general position.
“the problem that’s always on the market was just why do you opt for some penalties and others?” Blackburn explained. “Therefore that I guess Mike and his daddy had the career that,’Just accept it as part of this match and also take the negative trade-off of time, disturbance of flow. There is an all normal cadence and rhythm into the match. Mentioning that, as you are never going to be perfect.'”