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Notes: Patricia using preseason to test new pass interference rules

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New rules are creating new challenges for coaches - literally.

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The NFL made a rule change this offseason, allowing coaches to challenge pass interference. Similar to the CFL, this allows penalties to be reviewable, regardless of whether the yellow flag was thrown or not. It could be critical to the outcome of the game, and it remains to be seen how successful it will be. With the rule change comes a change of philosophy, and Matt Patricia is looking to use the preseason as a learning experience.

“I think you try to look at it as much as you can in the preseason and hopefully try to develop your philosophy as you go,” Patrica said on Thursday.

He highlights the hurdles involved with making a challenge, from understanding how the referees will make calls to knowing when to save your challenges. It is a significant unknown for NFL coaches, and we can expect Patricia to experiment this preseason.

Though the outcome of preseason games is not very important, coaches will be treating them like actual games in preparation for the regular season. We might see receivers and corners acting more aggressive to see what they can get away with, and coaches might end up challenging questionable plays to see what the referees will overturn.

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