On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white border; because the officials blew the whistle before Hopkins reached the end zone, the Texans could not review the play.
In Week 10, Broncos special teamer Will Parks appeared to have stepped out of bounds on his game-winning extra-point return, but it was difficult to distinguish between his white shoes and the white Superdome boundary and the play was upheld upon review.
Following the Monday night game, NFL Network’s Judy Battista spoke to three people familiar with the Competition Committee’s thinking regarding the potential implementation of fixed sideline and goal-line cameras in the future so as to avoid these types of controversial calls, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.
“They have talked over the last few years especially about adding fixed cameras on the sidelines and on the goal line. They haven’t reached a consensus on that yet,” Battista reported on Tuesday’s edition of Up to the Minute on NFL Network. “In talking to those people, they said they’ve been exploring it for just this reason. One person said, ‘It’s a big project, as each stadium is configured differently, but it’s something we want to try to implement at some point.’ This person told me it will come up again this offseason.
“A second person told me though he didn’t have a real sense yet for what kind of support there would be for it. In 2015, the Patriots organization put forth a proposal for fixed cameras on the goal line and on the sideline and it did not get the required amount of support from owners. And at that time, John Mara, the owner of the Giants, who is a member of the Competition Committee, cited the cost and the different configurations of the stadiums as concerns that owners had. If you remember in the past, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has suggested maybe they could hold a bake sale to raise money to pay for these cameras, but that’s something to keep an eye on coming up at the next league meeting in March.”