Former Buffalo Bills cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman literally sparked a change in the way football is played in the NFL since his departure from western New York.
Coleman spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Bills then left in 2017 for the Rams. In 2108’s NFC title game, he was at the center of controversy.
The 27-year-old defender even admitted himself, they NFL’s refs missed a pass interference penalty on him which changed the course of Super Bowl LIII. That no-call came to light again this week as well. The NFL now made those exact plays reviewable, all because of Robey-Coleman.
He weighed in on the situation, too.
Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday, the defensive back said he doesn’t view the change as a bad thing.
“I think we’ll be able to play more aggressive in a sense because now you have the (replay) to actually review the DB at that time, so it could be a little scuffle play and they call PI and you review it, it’s a possibility it can be turned over after they look at replay,” Robey-Coleman said. “So, I mean, it could be good but it could be bad at the same time. Because if you have a good play and they think it was PI, and it ends up being PI, then it could bring back that play. So it could work both ways depending on what position you’re in.”
“I really think it’s a rule change that can affect the offense and the defense when you look at the whole situation. That’s what I feel,” he added. “But in the NFL, everything is geared towards offense. Almost all the calls are geared towards offense. So the fact that we got – DBs can actually review themselves and actually argue or make a suggestion that ‘I didn’t PI. I didn’t pass interference this guy. It was a bang-bang play.’ There’s going to be so many plays this year that that’s going to happen.”
Robey-Coleman also added he wouldn’t mind of the rule was named the “NRC rule” after him.