Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

NFL Competition Committee explains new catch rule proposal

NFL Competition Committee explains new catch rule proposal

Speaking at the NFL's Annual Meeting in Orlando, Rich McKay, chairman of the NFL Competition Committee, and Al Riveron, the NFL's Senior Vice President of Officiating, explained the NFL's new catch rule proposal.

Nearing the end of the first day of the National Football League owners' annual two-and-a-half day soiree at which they gather each spring to fix what's broken and plan for a healthy future for America's favorite game, no news was for the most part no news.

National Football League owners voted 32-0 to approve the new rules set to take effect next season. It was ruled incomplete and the Patriots won the game, 27-24.

The new guidelines that determine what is a catch are control of the ball, two feet down or another body part, and a "football move".

If ratified, this change could eliminate all of the existing confusion around what happens with players "going to the ground" and completing "the process of the catch".

Steelers tight end Jesse James caught the ball with 28 seconds left and reached it crossed the goal line but lost control when he hit the ground.

Frankly, some catch attempts that shouldn't be ruled catches are going to be good by the letter of the law. "We have to see loss of control".

While there are still believed to be some gray areas in the newly modified catch rule, at least it seems like the recent changes are a move in the right direction.

Below is a look at the way the catch rule was previously written and how it is written now as a result of the passed changes. "As a committee, we were very comfortable with what we presented to membership".

These are much less likely to pass than changes to the catch rule, but any one, two or three of them could be sent to the Competition Committee for further consideration.

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