The confounding catch rule is the bane of many football fans' existence. Count NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as one of those perturbed viewers fixated on simplifying and clarifying the rule this offseason. "I'm not just somewhat concerned. I am concerned," Goodell told FOX Sports' Colin Cowherd on Monday, concerning the ambiguous standard. "We just had five Hall of Fame receivers and several coaches come in just two weeks ago to focus on the catch, no-catch rule -- how we bring clarity. And this is where the balance comes in... You want there to be clarity from an officiating standpoint, a coaching and player standpoint -- they know what it is or isn't. And so they draft the rule, the Competition Committee looks at it, they bring it to the membership, and they want that clarity. I think here you might have clarity in a large element of it, but then it's not the rule that people really want." On many occasions this season -- at least three of which coincidentally involved and favored the AFC champion New England Patriots -- the catch rule drew major scrutiny for its conclusion and implementation.
Roger Goodell 'concerned' about NFL catch rule
NFL.com | Jan 29