Houston Texans prove that the Tennessee Titans should never challenge DPI again
By Will Lomas
Tennessee Titans should learn from the Houston Texans mistake today.
In week 11 of the NFL season, I didn’t think I would have to talk about this again but the Houston Texans just showed why the Tennessee Titans should never challenge DPI.
Ball don’t lie, but NFL refs are anything but infallible. That was evident when the refs blew a clear DPI call on a 4th and 2, letting the DB rough up DeAndre Hopkins for what could have been a touchdown.
It gets really ugly when you realize that they went back to review it after Bill O’Brien threw a challenge flag.
Long story short the call stood, but what it taught us is that even if you believe there is clear DPI on a play you better have clear angles of a DB basically assaulting a wide receiver or else you aren’t going to see any change.
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I will also say that it wasn’t anything like the L.A. Rams/New Orleans Saints DPI that inspired the rule to be created in the first place. Also to give a little bit of credit to the refs, Hopkins is one of the most physical receivers in the NFL and he should have 3-4 offensive pass interference calls per game.
If the refs are consistent and decide that they are going to let both the DBs and the WRs play physically then I have no problem with this in general. Regardless, you can’t throw a challenge flag for pass interference anymore in the NFL unless that ref is afraid that he will get fined or fired if he makes an egregious call.
Unless you see that, all you are doing is costing your team a time out down the road and making your team and fans frustrated instead of moving on to the next play.
The Tennessee Titans and Mike Vrabel desperately need to make sure that they don’t make a mistake like that down the road and throw a flag out of frustration and anger when you know you are only hurting your team.