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PHOENIX — Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown had no problem being the lone dissenting voice against revised instant replay rules at the NFL’s annual meetings this week.
“Well, I’ve been in that position before,” he told a small group of local reporters Wednesday. “I just vote with my conscience and how I see it. I’m not trying to be offensive. I understand if someone else doesn’t want to go my way.”
The owners on Tuesday voted 31-1 to allow offensive and defensive pass interference to be subject to a coach’s challenge, even if there was initially no flag thrown on the play. A booth review can be initiated on such plays in the final two minutes of each half.
Brown and his father, the late Paul Brown, have been against major instant replay changes since it was adopted in the 1970s, and his stance hasn’t changed much over the years.
“The reason that we are against it is that it interrupts the game. It changes the character of the game, in my mind,” he said. “I think it’s in some ways sort of odd to see people all sitting there waiting for somebody in New York