Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, left, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in a minute done open Monday that a chastisement should have been called opposite a Los Angeles Rams following a essential play in final month’s NFC Championship diversion opposite a New Orleans Saints though combined that “it would be wrong for me” to overturn a game’s outcome “because of an officiating error.”
“I entirely know your personal disappointment, and a beating and disappointment of Saints fans around a country, over a outcome of a NFC Championship Game,” Goodell pronounced in a Feb. 6 letter.
On a play in question, Rams defensive behind Nickell Robey-Coleman delivered an helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis while a Drew Brees pass was in a atmosphere with reduction than dual mins remaining. A chastisement for pass division or unnecessary roughness would have given a Saints a initial down and a possibility to run down a time before kicking a intensity game-winning margin goal. The Saints did flog a margin idea to take a 23-20 lead, though a Rams had time to flog a game-tying margin idea of their possess before winning a diversion in overtime, 26-23.
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Edwards, a Democrat, wrote to Goodell dual days after a game, observant a Saints “deserved better. Saints fans deserved better. The City of New Orleans and a State of Louisiana deserved better.” The administrator combined that Goodell and a 31 group owners “should make certain that by subsequent deteriorate there is some chance on a margin when such a transparent [officiating] blunder is done … If a NFL fails to act, a really firmness of a diversion will be called into doubt — something that no football fan wants to see.”
In Goodell’s response to Edwards’ letter, that a commissioner pronounced reached him after he returned from this month’s Super Bowl in Atlanta, he pronounced that “it is obligatory on us to examination this emanate closely to establish if there are changes in a manners or procedures that would forestall a identical occurrence in a future. While there will always be mistakes in any diversion played, coached, and officiated by humans, we do not wish officiating to be a subject of contention after any game.”
In his annual “state of a league” news discussion a Wednesday before a Super Bowl, Goodell declined to order out creation pass division and helmet-to-helmet penalties reviewable around a league’s present replay “challenge” system, though did not validate such a pierce either.
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“There have been a accumulation of proposals over a final — honestly 15 to 20 years — of should replay be expanded? It does not cover visualisation calls. This was a visualisation call,” Goodell pronounced during a time of a Robey-Coleman play. “The other snarl is that it was a no-call. And a coaches and clubs have been really resistant and there has not been support to date about carrying a replay central or somebody in New York chuck a dwindle when there is no flag. They have not voted for that in a past. It doesn’t meant that we won’t. It’s something that we’re going to put to a foe cabinet to see if there’s an answer to that, though a existence is that’s been during slightest an antithesis philosophically for many clubs.”
In a array of tweets, Edwards pronounced he applauded Goodell’s “willingness to review the officiating blunder closely to establish if identical errors can be prevented in a destiny by order or procession changes.” The administrator also betrothed that a state would be “hospitable” to a NFL when New Orleans hosts Super Bowl 58 in Feb 2024. It will be a 11th time a city has been a site of a Super Bowl — as Goodell forked out in his response to Edwards, no city has hosted it more.