Mara expects command center to take over all replays

Last month's NFL Annual Meeting produced little change to the league's replay system despite public and internal outcry and more proposals to tweak the process than ever before.

Giants co-owner John Mara, a member of the league's competition committee, explained on SiriusXM NFL Radio why we won't see significant alterations in 2015.

"We looked at tape at every single one of those plays. And I will tell you of all of them, there were very few, maybe a handful, where as a committee and there are nine of us on that committee, where we were unanimous on it," Mara said Wednesday. "We were always split, on whether it was helmet-to-helmet, shoulder-to-helmet, whether the head was not involved at all.

"It is not as clear-cut as you would think. And we just felt by extending the replay to that type of situation was not going to be helpful if we can't even agree as a committee looking at it."

Mara said he expected all replay calls to be reviewed from the command center in New York "at some point in time." Currently, the command center only advises what to look for in a play while the referee is "under the hood." The referee makes the final call.

Mara also explained why the committee opted to table the Bill Belichick-led proposal to place fixed cameras on goal lines, end lines and sidelines to improve replay-vantage points.

"I don't think we are ready for that yet. But you could see that at some point," he said. "That's something that has been proposed the last couple of years. What we decided last month was to do a study to determine what are the issues there, because every stadium is constructed differently. Where are the cameras gonna go? Is it going to create issues for people in the stands, in terms of their sight lines? Is the technology there in every stadium to make it consistent? And what are the construction costs going to be?

"There are a lot of factors that have to be looked at and is it really gonna give us a look that is significantly better than what we have already?"

Belichick's head may explode if he reads that quote.

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