Sean Payton and Dan Quinn believe change will come. For Payton, the sooner the better.
The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons were both victims of controversial pass interference calls Sunday. The Saints were still able to pull out a 41-38 victory over the Carolina Panthers despite three pass interference penalties that led directly to Panthers touchdowns.
The Falcons weren't so lucky.
Pass interference was not called late in Atlanta's 26-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks even though it appeared fairly obvious Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had pulled down the right arm of Falcons receiver Julio Jones. The contact prevented Jones from catching a pass that would have put the Falcons in range for a potential game-winning field goal. A pass interference call would have done the same.
Both Payton and Quinn insisted on Monday that the league's competition committee has to discuss the thought of using replay reviews to determine whether or not an on-field pass interference call, or no-call, is correct.
"That specific call is so critical to get right," Payton told reporters. "And for good reason. I think the competition committee needs to spend a lot more time thinking about (it)."
Quinn agreed, saying the "league will certainly look at it and grade all the officials."
"I was certainly ticked off as a competitor,” Quinn said of the no-call on Sherman. "But I’ll let them comment on the play. But as a competitor, you probably saw that on the sideline from me.
"I thought it would have gone the other way. The message I gave to the team — and I wholeheartedly believe it — (is) it does not come down to one play. We had opportunities in that ballgame to make game-winning plays, game-statement plays earlier, and we didn’t do that. So it just so happens that one all got magnified on."