Zach Strief says this no-call is a massive problem for the NFL

January 22, 2019 - 7:29 am

by:  Jordan Fiegel

Zach Strief, WWL Saints play-by-play announcer and former Saints offensive lineman, knew right away it was pass interference.

“Deuce and I are probably 150 yards away from that ball, and it was obvious from 150 yards away in the moment,” Strief told WWL’s Newell Normand.  “That’s the thing that’s very difficult to understand and grasp.  A lot of times we see something, I don’t know exactly what happened, until I see a replay on a monitor.  That one was so early it was clear from 150 yards.  I just can’t understand it.”

In his post-game press conference, Saints head coach Sean Payton said the NFL told him officials missed both pass interference and helmet-to-helmet on that fateful fourth quarter play.  On 3rd and 10 from the Rams’ 13 yard line, quarterback Drew Brees threw to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis; and Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman hit Lewis early.

“What’s really interesting about this play is that very rarely in a game is a penalty not only happening in a time like that…for all intents and purposes, short of an absolute miracle, that game is ended after that penalty,” Strief explained.  “But when a penalty happens that doesn’t give a player an actual opportunity to make a play…I think that’s a massive problem for the league.”

Strief expects there will be changes made, but that’s little consolation for Saints players, staff and fans.

“At the end of the day, this is a scenario that can’t happen on this stage at this level,” said an exasperated Strief.  “It just can’t happen.  It’s unfathomable how it does.  There are a lot of things that occur on the officiating side that people have frustrations with; but nothing, in my opinion, has ever reached this magnitude.”

Listen to Zach Strief’s whole conversation with WWL’s Newell Normand below.


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