Is it time for the NFL to review pass interference?

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If we were in Seattle, this wouldn't even be a question.

We'd laud Richard Sherman's ability to block the view of the ref, get a hand on Julio Jones' arm and force an incomplete pass on fourth down to put away the Atlanta Falcons.

But Atlanta is on the wrong side of this one. We all saw (except the ref) that Sherman clearly should have been called for the penalty that likely would have set up a Falcons' field goal and likely victory.

Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira Tweeted his opinion on the non-call.

"No question that was PI. They're all tough, but you have to make that call," he posted.

So why isn't pass interference reviewable? Because it is what the NFL calls a judgment call, meaning it is up to the opinion of the ref whether or not it was interference based on the conditions of the play.

For example, a ref will look at if there was contact between the receiver and defender before the pass, whether the defender is in front or behind, if the contact by the defender was incidental while trying to make a play on the ball, etc. 

It's extremely subjective.

However, what Sherman was doing to Jones was blatant. Sherman undoubtedly obstructed Jones' ability to make the catch by holding down his arm. There was no judgment needed to call it. All that was needed was a good view of it, which the ref did not have.

Replay isn't always the answer to these kinds of problems. Look at what reviews are doing to MLB, drastically slowing down the pace of the game.

But in the 2016 MLB regular season and postseason up to Oct. 17, there have been 776 challenges. More than 51 percent of those resulted in the play being overturned, according to baseballsavant.com. Admittedly, most of the reviewable plays are simple, merely watching to see if a tag was first or the foot on the base was. 

But MLB does allow for a replay on slide interference, and it requires a judgment call by the replay official to see if the base runner obstructed the play in any way by sliding into second base.

In 2016, slide interference calls were challenged 35 times and only four resulted in the play getting overturned. It was obvious interference on those four plays.

Why not do the same for pass interference?

Allow challenges on non-calls with less than two minutes left in the game. If it's as clear as it was with Sherman, reverse it and enforce the penalty. If it's not as obvious and the ref would need to use any sort of judgment to call it or not, let the play stand.

The refs can't always avoid getting blocked. It's time to give them a second chance to make the right call.

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