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DeAndre Hopkins Calls for PI Review Changes After Shocking Non-Call vs. Ravens

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2019

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 27:  DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans jogs to the sidelines during a game against the Oakland Raiders at NRG Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  The Texans defeated the Raiders 27-24.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins wants the NFL to change the way it is handling pass interference replay reviews.  

Following Sunday's 41-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Hopkins took to Twitter and said, "As a leader in the NFL, we need someone new in New York deciding calls," referencing a non-call in the end zone on Baltimore defensive back Marlon Humphrey that was upheld upon replay review:

Deandre Hopkins @DeAndreHopkins

As a leader in the NFL, we need someone new in New York deciding calls. https://t.co/szdHjWhKbR

The shocking no-call drew plenty of reaction from social media:

Robert Mays @robertmays

If that DeAndre Hopkins play can’t get reversed, pass interference shouldn’t be reviewable. Just change the rule back.

trey wingo @wingoz

If the NFL is ever going to be serious about challenging a non call of PI..then they HAVE to call that on Marlon Humphrey against Deandre Hopkins

John Breech @johnbreech

If this is not pass interference, I don't know what pass interference is. Wasn't called interference on the field, but Bill O'Brien is challenging. Defender is literally hanging on DeAndre Hopkins before the ball arrives #Texans #Ravens https://t.co/rz8QLpSSYW

Hopkins was one of the few bright spots for the Texans on Sunday. He finished with seven catches for 80 yards in defeat but could have posted much better numbers if he came down with the catch during the play in question.

The call didn't impact the final outcome given the margin of victory, but it underscores the new reality in the NFL. While coaches can challenge pass interference this year following the controversial ending to last season's NFC Championship Game, the calls on the field are largely being confirmed.

With the Hopkins play serving as a backdrop, Kevin Seifert of ESPN suggested: "Stop challenging pass interference, NFL coaches. Stop. No more. Don't fall for this charade any longer."

Seifert noted coaches have lost 32 of their last 33 pass interference challenges this year, as not even Hopkins' play drew a flag or overturned the call.

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