Goodell 'concerned' about NFL's catch rule

Confusion on what a catch is caused Goodell to convene with five Hall of Fame wide receivers and several coaches to discuss the rule.

Kahron Spearman

Commissioner Roger Goodell has evidently heard enough to do something about the NFL's catch rule. He himself would like a clearer definition.

It's to the point that, as ESPN's Kevin Seifert reports (h/t Bleacher Report,) Goodell met with five Hall of Fame wide receivers and several coaches to discuss the rule earlier this month. The meeting corresponded with Week 15 play where Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James' potential game-winning touchdown against the New England Patriots was ruled incomplete - by rule.

During an interview on FS1's 'The Herd' with Colin Cowherd, Goodell expressed his thoughts.

I'm not just somewhat concerned, I am concerned... It's particularly in the going to the ground that I think is creating a lot of the confusion.

Roger Goodell
NFL Commissioner

Seifert says the NFL's competition committee will hold their regular meetings in the next couple months, where a new rule can be agreed upon. Past non-catch ruling like Dez Bryant's in a playoff game a few years ago could be eliminated.

"I hope we'll be able to address this in a way that will bring more clarity and frankly more excitement to this," said Goodell.


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