Instead of making changes to a complicated rule, the NFL has decided that the best course of action is to try and explain the rules for what is and isn’t a catch to everyone.
The league has shared a video that sees the vice president of officiating Dean Blandino talk about what is a catch. The league-shared video states that a catch is when a receiver:
“Secures control of the ball in his hands or arms prior to the ball touching the ground; and
“Touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands; and
“Maintains control of the ball after (a) and (b) have been fulfilled, until he has clearly become a runner (see 3-2-7 Item 2).”
Sure, the rules make it sound like a black and white situation, but that’s not what it is. There are far too many instances in today’s NFL where something that would’ve been a catch a decade ago — and still should be — is ruled incomplete, even if all of the above requirements are met. Instead of trying to explain a broken rule system, the league needs to just change the broken rule.
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