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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Catch rule revision

The NFL's new catch rule guidelines look promising:
The NFL’s competition committee has recommended changing the language of the league’s catch rule in an effort to avoid future controversial calls.

The proposal seeks to define a catch as:

1. Control of the ball.

2. Two feet down or another body part.

3. A football move such as:

• A third step;

• Reaching/extending for the line-to-gain

• Or the ability to perform such an act.

The recommendation, revealed Wednesday by NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron, will be voted on by owners next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. The new rule will get rid of provisions pertaining to the slight movement of the football once it hits the receiver's hands and the going-to-the-ground requirement.
It's interesting to see that despite the SJW-convergence of the league office and all the promises to fund this or that SJW-inspired initiative, no team has signed either of the two architects of the anthem protests. It appears the NFL's general managers are less committed to the self-destruction of their sport than the league or its owners.

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16 Comments:

Blogger Chris Jackson March 24, 2018 10:28 AM  

This looks almost exactly like what I thought a catch was before they came up with "complete the process".

Blogger David The Good March 24, 2018 10:34 AM  

Good. Maybe the XFL and the AAF launches are teaching them they're not indispensable.

Blogger Ken Prescott March 24, 2018 10:34 AM  

This looks suspiciously like catching a football.

Blogger JACIII March 24, 2018 10:55 AM  

The owner's behavior is just bizarre. The only thing that fits is the NFL teams are just "Vanity Corporations" for them and the social aspect is the most important factor to the owner.

Blogger Jemison Thorsby March 24, 2018 11:18 AM  

@2 That was exactly my first thought. Let the competition begin!

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 12:02 PM  

every game should have a 7 year old boy in the booth. You ask the kid. "Did he catch it?" if the kid says yes... its a catch.

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 12:02 PM  

a catch is like porn. You know it when you see it.

Blogger YIH March 24, 2018 1:23 PM  

JACIII wrote:The owner's behavior is just bizarre. The only thing that fits is the NFL teams are just "Vanity Corporations" for them and the social aspect is the most important factor to the owner.
Well, since the 50's at least, NFL teams have always been a ''Vanity Corp'' for their owners. One of the most exclusive private clubs there is. Until the salary cap, most teams couldn't even turn a profit by themselves - the better they did on the field, the more the red ink would flow. It was a major reason some teams were perennial losers, it was profitable to suck year after year. If the team was consistently good, it was tax writeoff.
That said, if you have to argue about whether or not it's a catch, it probably isn't. The question is how will the refs implement these rules. It's often a judgement call - and while I'm pro-replay, it often hasn't helped much.

Blogger Timmy3 March 24, 2018 2:15 PM  

Whatever that is, more replays?

Blogger Retrenched March 24, 2018 3:13 PM  

Dez caught it

Blogger Dave March 24, 2018 3:42 PM  

a catch is like porn. You know it when you see it.

If I understand you correctly, what you're saying is the officials should watch porn a lot so they'll know a catch when they see it.

Blogger Michael Maier March 24, 2018 4:23 PM  

Dave catches on quick!

Blogger Lazarus March 24, 2018 10:46 PM  

every game should have a 7 year old boy in the booth. You ask the kid. "Did he catch it?" if the kid says yes... its a catch.

This principle could be followed in many other fields of endeavor.

Blogger Jack Amok March 25, 2018 2:00 AM  

Booth Review: throw Roger Gooodell out of the booth. If he lands on his head, it's a catch. If he doesn't, throw him out again.

Blogger dvdivx March 25, 2018 5:54 AM  

The new catch rule is they have to catch the ball while kneeling.

Blogger Iron Spartan March 25, 2018 5:17 PM  

Its almost like the GM's, whose job is understanding the team and making sure it runs as a well oiled machine, don't want shit stirrers whose presence will disrupt the team working well together.

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