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New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton Feels Coaches May Be More Careful with Challenge Flags

After his team was robbed of a chance to go to the Super Bowl following an egregious non-call in the NFC Championship Game, Sean Payton spearheaded the campaign to get pass interference reviewable this offseason.

NFL owners ultimately agreed, changing the rule to allow coaches to challenge such plays, and the review booth to look at PI under two minutes.

One concern about the new rule is that it could bog down play, with tedious reviews elongating contests even further.

Joining NFL Network’s Total Access from the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe Thursday, Payton suggested that the looming ability to challenge PI calls and non-calls could push coaches to be more judicious with their challenge flags early in contests, Kevin Patra of reports.

“Let’s start with the very first premise for the fans: It’s still just like all the other challenges that we have in place,” Payton said.

“Remember we only have two to start with. So, I don’t think you’re going to see more challenge flags. Probably you’re going to be a little bit more judicious knowing that you want to have at least one left and if you feel like there’s something you see clearly and it’s outside of two minutes as a coach you can challenge it.

“And of course, inside of two minutes, it goes upstairs to replay. And we’re all, in this day and age with our technology and with the fans getting a chance to see real-time, we’re wanting those calls, especially in games like that, to be officiated correctly.”

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