Whatever your thoughts are on the new pass interference rule that's being implemented for the upcoming NFL season, we're all going have to deal with the ramifications of such a drastic rule change.
And while a lot fans are skeptical about the new rule, Los Angeles Rams' defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman is having a little bit of fun with it, largely because of his impact on the rule change to begin with.
Nickell Robey-Coleman: Name new PI review rule after me https://t.co/RfyA81Zh8A— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 28, 2019
If you don't recall, it was Robey-Coleman's egregious un-flagged hit on Saints' receiver TommyLee Lewis that wasn't called in last season's NFC title game is what sparked this debate in the first place.
As the poster child for the new rule, it does seem fitting that it's named after Robey-Coleman. Although "The Robey-Coleman Rule" doesn't really roll off the tongue with any type of enthusiasm. Maybe "The Robey Rule" would work better. A bit of alliteration never hurt anyone.
NFL owners have just voted to allow pass interference plays and non-calls to be reviewed in game for the 2019-20 season.— Nick Harris (@NickHarrisTOC) March 27, 2019
For Saints fans, one year too late 若 pic.twitter.com/yLCu2ejEOI
Despite being the main reason this new rule exists, Robey-Coleman is actually excited to see the new rule in action. He believes it might even be a positive change for defensive backs.
"We'll be able to play a little bit more aggressive, in a sense," he explains. "Because now you have the review play to actually review the DB's at the time. It could be a little scuffle play and they call PI and you review it, it's a possibility it could be turned over after they look at the replay."
I hope Robey-Coleman's right, and this rule actually does benefit the game. But on the surface, it seems like an overreaction to one isolated incident. Usually when the NFL creates new rules as a knee-jerk reaction to something that happened the season prior, it usually doesn't work very well the first season it's implemented.
Just look at the updated rule about catches, what is and isn't a catch has been somewhat unclear for years now.
Regardless of how fans feel about it, the rule is set to be implemented for the 2019 season. If they can't think of a suitable name for the new rule, maybe they will heed Robey-Coleman's advice and accredit the rule change to him.