UPDATE: According to NFL Network’s Judy Batista, the NFL Competition Committee is looking to eliminate the “going to the ground” portion of the catch rule. If true, that information is a game changer and the change that needed to be made.
Competition Committee looking at potentially eliminating "going to the ground" portion of the catch rule in attempt to clarify.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) February 27, 2018
Original Post: When the March owner’s meeting occurs, the NFL Competition Committee plans to have a simplified catch rule ready for implementation for the 2018 regular season.
NFL’s competition committee is meeting today in Indianapolis to try to simplify the catch rule, and sources are “expecting some kind of change with added clarity” to the rule before or during March owner’s meetings, per a person familiar with those talks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 26, 2018
What is a catch? Basically no one knows, which is why this rule change is imminent and expected. The NFL cannot continue to operate under this ambiguous rule.
In recent memory, the referee’s on the field made the correct calls on what a catch is only during the Super Bowl. I can think of the catch in Super Bowl 50 that stood despite it looking like the Carolina Panthers receiver caught it and the catches in Super Bowl 52 that would have been reversed had they happened during the regular season.
I mean, at least they got it right in the biggest game, but the rule’s enforcement in every game leading up to that one was nothing short of annoying and frustrating for fans and journalists alike.
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