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12/09/2013 02:51 pm ET | Updated Feb 08, 2014

Should Pass Interference Be a Reviewable Call in the NFL?

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Answer by John DeMarchi, @johnjdemarchijr

The question is interesting in that it wonderfully showcases the complete idiocy of "instant" replay rules.

"Instant" replays ... aren't!

These replays endlessly and mindlessly delay games. And they don't even get the call right, either!

Look, replay existed in 1999-2000, when my Buffalo Bills got massively screwed on a forward lateral on the "Music City Miracle" play -- instant replay did not prevent that epic miscarriage of justice.

But here's the thing.

I'm old enough to remember when a fumble was ... a fumble.

And when we changed that -- humanity lost something.

Now, we live in a world of tuck rules, fumbles that aren't fumbles because they aren't "completed football acts" ... and games that take four hours to play. It's insane.

The only thing we need is a reversal of instant replay. Just get rid of it.

Before I go, let me add: NFL pass interference rules are a joke. It is impossible for anyone to be a true shutdown cornerback anymore when contact beyond five yards is only flagged on the defense, when no ref calls push-offs, when even incidental contact with receivers draws a flag.

Go back and watch a game from say, 1985. Receivers would get rocked, get up ... and GO BACK TO THE HUDDLE.

Today? If you breathe on a receiver like Stevie Johnson of my beloved Bills, he goes bananas and argues for the flag. 

It's ridiculous.

Pass interference should be called only on the most flagrant, egregious acts -- not every time there's the slightest chance a receiver has been bumped, as it is now. At some point, defenders need to be allowed to, you know, play defense.

Adding instant replay review to this would make the problem far worse.

If we're going to do that, just eliminate defensive backs entirely and let's play 11 on 7, so we can have even more high-scoring games.

The absolute last thing the NFL needs is MORE things subject to instant replay review.

Just don't do it.

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