NFL News and Notes: Pass Interference Review Likely One and Done

The NFL offseason meetings will take place in May, and the competition committee will take their annual look at changes that will need to be made for the 2021 season. The committee will again vote on the pass interference review, and this time, it is expected to be voted down.

In a story by Nick Shook on, he reports that NFL Network’s Judy Bautista had reported the likelihood after conversations with those in the know.

Many won’t mind seeing the rule go by the wayside as the NFL continues to bungle the execution of rules that are supposed to bring more clarity and accuracy to the game. Come the 2021 season, it will remain cloudy what is a catch, what is a touchdown, and what is pass interference.

NFL Draft will be a virtual event

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Roger Goodell has informed all of the teams in the NFL that the 2020 NFL Draft will take place virtually. The draft will take place from April 23-25.

Organizations have been barred from team facilities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Clubs have also not been able to evaluate prospects as they normally would as teams have been unable to travel and have observed stay at home orders around the country. Facilities have been closed since March 13.

The lack of evaluations, travel, interviews, and workouts will make the 2020 draft interesting on so many levels since, even when teams are allowed to properly conduct all of those measures, the draft often remains an imperfect science. Expect many busts and many steals as this draft goes down in history as being truly unique.

Smith joins the Cowboys

In a surprising move, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former San Francisco 49ers sack master Aldon Smith to a contract. Smith is a former All-Pro linebacker who was selected seventh overall in the 2011 NFL draft.

Smith played for the Niners for four seasons before playing a single season with the Raiders. He is known for doing two things very well, sacking the quarterback, and getting himself into trouble. The 6-4, 265-pound linebacker has recorded 47.5 sacks in 59 career games, including 19.5 sacks in the 2012 season.

Unfortunately, his off the field profile is as unimpressive as his on the field is awe-inspiring. In six years from 2012-2018, Smith was arrested six times for everything from suspicions of driving under the influence to possession of assault weapons to domestic violence. He was suspended multiple times by the league, including his most recent “indefinite” suspension.

This is not the first time that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has taken a chance on a talented yet troubled player. Charles Haley and Greg Hardy were both defensive players with off the field issues that became cornerstone players for the Cowboys.

Former Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant had his troubles in college and even required a “babysitter” once he joined the Cowboys. It will be interesting to see if Smith can find his former form and keep his name out of the press for off the field activity.

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