By Bob Glauber


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — NFL owners are expected to give the competition committee the clearance to modify the newly enacted rule that includes pass interference calls and non-calls as part of the instant replay system.

Under the rule adopted at the owners’ March meetings in Arizona, coaches can use one of their replay challenges, while all questionable interference or non-interference calls in the final two minutes would be subject to automatic booth reviews. After discussions about the new rule with several coaches, there was concern that there could be too many replay stoppages in the final two minutes of each half.

By eliminating the booth reviews and keeping all interference-related calls as part of the challenge system, the disruptions likely would be reduced. It also would take pressure off the New York office, where replay reviews are conducted, by limiting the number of plays that are reviewed.

“I think whenever you have a new rule like this, there’s always some concern about how it’s going to be implemented,” said John Mara, the New York Giants’ president and co-owner and a member of the competition committee. “I think we’ll be fine. We need to have some more discussion first.”

— Newsday