Richard Sherman: NFL Can Control Outcome with New Review for PI Penalties

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2019

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Richard Sherman (25) gestures while talking with field judge John Jenkins during the second half of an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman isn't happy about the NFL's decision to allow pass-interference calls and non-calls to be reviewed in the 2019 season, including in the last two minutes of games:

Richard Sherman @RSherman_25

Sounds about right. One sided game. One sided review. https://t.co/gQ13O3uudK

Richard Sherman @RSherman_25

@weddlesbeard Now they can control the outcome as they see fit. Every defendable pass looks like PI in slow motion.

Neither is Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle, who has made clear his disdain for the decision on more than one occasion.

Eric Weddle @weddlesbeard

Dumbest decision ever!!!! https://t.co/iOLzLxPMFb

The change came after the debacle at the end of the NFC Championship Game, when a clear pass interference call on third down was missed that would have given the New Orleans Saints a first down and allowed them to run out the clock before kicking a game-winning field goal.

Instead, New Orleans had to kick the field goal sooner, and the Rams forced overtime and eventually won, keeping the Saints out of the Super Bowl.

The public reaction to the non-call was shock and derision, and it wasn't surprising to see the owners agree to a change. It's just as unsurprising that some defensive backs aren't thrilled with the change, which could result in an uptick of interference calls.