Originally Posted by Fourputt
That is why I feel that pass interference should be a real time booth reviewable penalty (not by coaches challenge). If there is any question in the mind of the booth official as he watches the replay, he can call down to stop play just long enough for him to examine it. There have been far too many bad calls or non calls on pass interference, and it is too much of a game changing penalty for them not to take every opportunity to get it right. That doesn't mean that judgement will be taken out of the equation, or that they will still be 100% perfect, but they would improve their percentages exponentially.
Yeah, every once in awhile there is a penalty call that is so egregious you just wish they'd have a chance to review it. If they're all about "getting it right" then it stands to reason that penalties that are capable of changing the outcome of games, like PI calls on long passes, should be reviewable just as play outcomes that will swing the game one way or another are also reviewable.
However, I think opening up penalties to replay is just too big of a can of worms. Consider that the burden of proof required to overturn a call would probably be the same on penalties as it is on regular calls now. Even one as bad as the one we're discussing involved some contact. When you start analyzing contact in slow motion on hi-def, how are you going to define what is and what isn't pass interference? There was contact, and like @jamo pointed out, an argument for holding at the 5 yard line could have been made (however, I think the difference between holding and PI is the location of the ball. If the QB still has it, it's holding, and if its in the air, its PI ... when they were at the 5 yard line, certainly the ball was already on its way) therefore, even though the contact was too slight for most of us to believe a call should have been made, theres no way a review official is going to overturn something like that. He has no justification.