ATLANTA (NEXSTAR) —
The now infamous missed call in the NFC championship has had pretty much everyone–other than Rams fans–reeling. Nexstar Big Game Bound Digital Reporter Ashley Bridges sat down with former Saints running back Reggie Bush to break down how he says the NFL should fix play, and what it’s important for the leagues battle against head trauma.
Bush told Bridges that two things need to happen.
“One, refs are held accountable,” he said. “And, you allow the challenge flag to be used on any play as you choose. You get two challenges per half and you use those as you like, you challenge a non-call, you challenge a pass interference call, you challenge holding, anything should be fair game to be challenged. Too often we’re seeing games decided by refs, that’s becoming more consistent day in and day out and it shouldn’t be that way. The game should be decided by plays and not by a ref who’s throwing a penalty flag on a phantom holding call or a non-call which we saw against the Saints, two refs were looking at it, they missed a pass interference and a helmet to helmet. When the League has put out this narrative, ‘we’re going to be safer, we’re going to protect the players more, we’re going to protect the head more,’ when they’re saying that you shouldn’t see players like this on the biggest stage, that shouldn’t happen.”