Richard Sherman Has Interesting Theory On Pass Interference Calls

Tim Kelly
November 18, 2019 - 12:22 pm

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman isn't saying that his presence on the NFLPA executive committee led to him drawing three pass interference penalties Sunday. But he's not saying it didn't.

After the 49ers 36-26 win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Sherman voiced frustrations with drawing three pass interference penalties in the first half.

“I had three penalties on the season coming into this game, and to get three in a half is really interesting, especially with the way that the reversals have gone,” Sherman said to the collective media, including Tracy Sandler. “I think there’s been probably over 100 PI challenges this year, and there’s been five, I think, reversals. And I’m two of them. I think being an E.C. member and part of that committee has its perks, and then it has its conversations where you’re the only one who gets overturned.”

If the NFL's goal in making pass interference penalties - or lack thereof - challengeable was to get calls correct, it seems they did in ultimately calling pass interference on Sherman on this play:

That said, Sherman is correct in saying that pass interference calls have almost never been overturned upon review - one way or another - in 2019.

For example, in the Baltimore Ravens 41-7 win over the Houston Texans Sunday, DeAndre Hopkins was clearly interfered with on what may have ultimately been a touchdown catch. Not only was pass interference not called on the field, it wasn't called after a review:

It feels unlikely that there is a conspiracy theory against Sherman that the league is waging because he's outspoken in favor of player's rights. There does, however, appear to be an understanding that pass interference calls aren't going to be overturned upon review - even in cases where they are obvious. If Sherman is upset that he's now twice been the exception to that rule, it's hard to fault him.

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