Steelers owner Art Rooney II opposes expanding replay
NFL owners will be presented a list of proposed rules changes this weekend at the league’s annual meeting in Phoenix.
Steelers president Art Rooney II let it be known Friday that he is not in favor of any proposal that expands the use of instant replay.
Several proposals related to replay expansion will be presented to owners during the meetings that begin Sunday. For a rule to be changed, 24 of the league’s 32 owners would need to approve it.
Rooney indicated in a conference call Friday with reporters that he is not in favor of expanding replay to include pass-interference penalties.
“Replay, at the end of the day, is another human being interpreting the play,” Rooney said, via The Athletic. “While it can be helpful in a lot of cases, but when you start talking about judgment calls, pass interference in particular, you are still putting another human being in the spot of making that decision.
“You never are going to get it perfect no matter how many people are looking at it. That’s another hesitation I have to expand it even further.”
The NFL Competition Committee has asked owners to amend Rule 15, Section 2 for the 2019 season. In addition to having pass-interference plays become subject to review, the committee wants replay expanded to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a penalty. In a separate proposal, the committee wants Rule 15, Section 2 altered to have replay include “roughing the passer and unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture.”
Teams also have offered proposals relating to instant replay. For instance, Denver wants fourth-down plays spotted short of the line to gain to become subject to review. Denver also wants all extra-point and 2-point conversion tries to be subject to review. Washington wants all plays in a game to be subject to a coach’s challenge.
Rooney is concerned that expanding replay rules will increase the length of games.
“We need to continually go in the other direction,” he said. “If anything, try to shorten the game a little bit. It really is the pace of game … that’s something we have to keep in mind.”
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