If we’re being honest, the NFL catch rule is one of the most ludicrous things about the game in recent memory. Nobody knows what a catch is or isn’t, and every single week it seems a new controversy is brewing because of this. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, surprisingly, agrees.
Speaking on FS1’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Goodell expressed concern and made it clear he’s pushing for a change.
"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." — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the 'Catch Rule' pic.twitter.com/sn9CAqwKUv
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 29, 2018
“I’m not just somewhat concerned [about the rule],” Goodell said. “I am concerned.”
Goodell also said he’s recently held a summit with five Hall of Fame receivers to discuss the Jesse James debacle in the New England-Pittsburgh game.
“You want there to be clarity from an officiating standpoint and a coaching and player standpoint,” Goodell said. “… I think here you might have clarity in a large element of it, but what happens is that it’s not the rule that people really want.”
Goodell also shared a comment from one Hall of Famer, who said, “fans want catches.”
We couldn’t agree more. Common sense needs to be the guide here, not some crazy nuance that is highly subjective like what we’ve been experiencing the past handful of years (like this).
It is time for a change. Hopefully, Goodell isn’t just preaching to the choir here and actually intends to so something about it.