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NFL Changes Catch Rule

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The NFL is taking another crack at its catch rule.

All 32 owners voted Tuesday in Orlando to approve revisions to the controversial ruling and simplify the standard for what constitutes a completion.

Under the new language, establishing a catch would require control, two feet (or another body part) in bounds and a football move. The "surviving the ground" element, which proved to be a sticking point on some of the league's most notable rulings, no longer applies.

In a news conference Monday, NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron highlighted several notable non-catches that would be ruled completions under the new guidelines, including plays from former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson in 2010, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant in the 2014 divisional playoffs, and Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller and Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James last year.

Our goal was to simplify and provide clarity and I think weve done that, said competition committee member and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. As a committee, we were very comfortable with what we presented to membership."


Competition committee chairman Rich McKay said that Bryant's play served as a wake-up call, but that trying to provide specific wording to rectify the issue proved difficult.


"Every time, we tried to add language to cure a situation," said McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons, "and that did not serve us well."

Added Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay: I think when you talk about where some of the gray has existed, a lot of it is in the semantics of the words. But really, the third element, whether its determining that third step or controlling the ball or making a football movement where the Jesse James play, and everyone wants to make mention of the Dez Bryant play from a few years ago, this will clear up some of the plays that have become controversial as well."


I think it's good that they changed the rule but I don't like the "football move" part. Why can't it be a catch without a "football move"?

Catch the ball, have possession and two feet down. It's a catch. Simple.
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I think it's good that they changed the rule but I don't like the "football move" part. Why can't it be a catch without a "football move"?

Catch the ball, have possession and two feet down. It's a catch. Simple.
The football move comes in only when there is a dropped ball or contact with the ground. If you do not drop the ball when hit the football move is not an issue. If you drop the ball before a football move it is incomplete and if you drop it after a football move it is a fumble. Waugh!

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The rule I don't like is "brake the plane" Sticking the ball out to get a first down or TD stinks. Where is the ball when you are down or forward progress stopped. I like the idea that the player scores or gains the distance not the ball. Touching a pylon on the out of bounds side and scoring is plain dumb. But not as dumb as sticking the ball over the goal line and scoring even when you pull it back. If you run for a first down and than reverse field trying to get more you don't get the furthest point you were, you only get where you end up. That should also apply to the goal line. Waugh!

BTW also up for discussion is possibly removing the kick off from the game.

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Flag football leagues do that. No kickoffs, spot the ball on the twenty. Yeah that's a great idea for the NFL, just completely ruin the game.
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