The league has finally spoken to the public and the Saints are still not happy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell had his annual state-of-the-league address today in Atlanta. When asked about the blown pass interference call in the NFC Championship game, Goodell said he spoke to coach Sean Payton and “the team, the players” about their frustration over the disputed call.
Saints star WR Michael Thomas immediately took to twitter to fact check the commissioner.
He ain’t talk to us
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) January 30, 2019
Thomas is one of many Saints player who have been vocal about the no-call. The day after the game, Thomas tweeted “Rule 17 Section 2 Article 3 @NFL” which in the rule book allows the Commissioner the authority to overturn the result. Goodell said Wednesday he never considered using that power.
Goodell said the league has worked to introduce technology to the game, but was noncommittal about using it in future scenarios like the missed call.
“Whenever officiating is part of any kind of discussion post game, it’s never a good outcome for us,” Goodell said. “We also know our officials are human. We also know they’re officiating a game that moves very quickly and they have to make snap decisions under difficult circumstances. They’re not going to get it right every time. Technology is not going to solve all those issues. The game is not officiated by robots. It’s not going to be. But we have to continue to go down that path.”
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