Saints’ Payton calls for three-person booth for PI reviews


New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said on Monday that the NFL should have three officials in the replay booth for pass interference calls as opposed to just senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron.

Payton’s suggestion comes one day after his team was on the losing end of a pair of pass interference calls.

He challenged a call during the first quarter of New Orleans’ 34-31 victory over Carolina.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera then challenged a pass interference call that put his team in the red zone just prior to the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.

“I don’t know that it’s a Competition Committee (decision),” Payton said in his Monday conference call, per Pro Football Talk. “It’s just something we’ve discussed. … We don’t have one Supreme Court justice. … I think it merits three experts. I think it’ll help immensely.

“And Al’s outstanding. I think he’s got a tough job and I think when you have a group of three, I think you’re going to arrive at more consistent calls.”

The Panthers were unable to take advantage of their replay victory in the fourth quarter, however, as Joey Slye misfired on his 28-yard field goal attempt.

Payton and the Saints fell victim to an infamous missed pass interference call in the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams in January.