Now that the NFL season has entered the offseason, the NFL has finally made a necessary rule change by enabling all pass interference calls to be reviewable. The NFL faced serious backlash following the NFC Championship game when a blown pass-interference call cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to Super Bowl LIII, and now they have finally found a solution. All 32 teams voted and now the league has opened up pass interference calls to be eligible for replay review.

Sports Illustrated reports that the rule change covers called penalties and those have been missed.

They are covered by a challenge or a booth review in the final two minutes of each half. The rule passed 31-1, with only the Cincinnati Bengals voting against it. It now enters a one-year trial period. The defensive and offensive pass interference are now added to the list of changeable plays.

NFL rule change expected to be permanent following trial period

The NFL Football Operations department on Twitter provided more insight saying the new rule change adds automatic reviews to all scoring plays, turnovers, and conversion attempts that were negated by a foul.

This rule change is not a surprise, and it will do a lot to negate the immense criticism the NFL received following the NFC title game. It's expected that this rule change with be permanent in the 2020 season.

Payton's Saints lost in the NFC Championship Game in part because of a critical missed pass interference call. This new rule change could have unintended consequences. According to NFLPenalties.com, there were 249 pass interference calls last seasons. Saints Coach Sean Payton told the media he believes the NFL finally got it right.

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NFL instituted several minor rule changes

Along with the replay changes, the NFL outlawed blindside blocks, as well as instituted a few new minor rules. The league rejected Denver's onside kick proposal and put aside the Chiefs' overtime proposal until May. Rams head coach Sean McVay spoke up about the change and said he would be okay with such a change.

Aside from the rule changes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made history by hiring two women as assistant coaches. Bruce Arians hired Maral Javadifar as the team’s assistant strength and conditioning coach, and Lori Locust as assistant defensive line coach.

Arians said it's time this happened and that he can't wait until it's no longer considered "news." Arians said it shouldn't matter what gender the coach is, whoever knows football should be coaching.

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