Texans coach Bill O’Brien challenged the play, but the no-call was upheld and Houston turned the ball over on downs.
After the game, Hopkins tweeted, “As a leader in the NFL, we need someone new in New York deciding calls.”
As a leader in the NFL, we need someone new in New York deciding calls. https://t.co/szdHjWhKbR
— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) November 17, 2019
In the offseason, the NFL changed its rules to allow coaches to challenge pass interference penalties that were or were not called. Through the 1 p.m. ET games on Sunday, coach’s challenges for pass interference are 6-for-58 (10.3%) this year, including 2-for-37 (5.4%) since Week 4. The Jets did successfully overturn a call Sunday.
When O’Brien was asked about the non-call, he said, “I have no idea what pass interference is anymore. No idea.”
Quarterback Deshaun Watson said the play could have been a turning point in the game, but acknowledged that once the call was made and upheld, the Texans needed to find a way to move on from it.
“Everyone saw it,” Watson said. The guy wrapped him around. But they didn’t make that call. You’ve got to live with it. You can’t really dwell on it. It definitely could have been a changing point of the game. A momentum switch. But it’s just one of those calls that, it didn’t go our way, and we’ve got to continue to push forward.”
In Week 6 against the Chiefs, O’Brien challenged a non-call of pass interference against tight end Travis Kelce; that non-call was also upheld.