NFL Forms A Committee To Tell Us What A Catch Really Is


This coming off-season, six men will get together in a room, order coffee……probably order lunch…..and finally settle the massive amount of complete and utter bullshit that is the NFL’s “Catch Rule”:

A forward pass is complete (by the offense) or intercepted (by the defense) if a player executes a three-step process:

  • 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).

Currently, the rule is a little vague when it comes to crossing the goal line plane and/or crossing the out of bounds line.  For some reason, the NFL now feels the need to employ six more men in order to figure this thing out.

  • My take: Whenever there is a “committee” involved in a fairly simple decision making process, rest assured nothing good will come of it.  Just ask the NCAA.

The “Committee” consists of former NFL coaches Ken Whisenhunt, Jim Schwartz and Joe Philbin.  Former general manager Bill Polian, former NFL receiver James Thrash and Tom Finken, a former NFL side judge who currently trains game officials.

Ready to play CATCH OR NOT A CATCH???

  1. RULING: Touchdown Golden Tate

    RULING after review: Touchdown Golden Tate


  2. RULING: Incomplete pass

    RULING after review: Incomplete pass


  3. RULING: A good catch

    RULING after review: A good catch and fumble


According to CBS, Dez Bryant has volunteered himself to help give input to the committee:

At some point, according to NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino, they’d love to hear from Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys star who has volunteered to provide input.

The committee’s review will include the current rule and the history of the catch rule, with the charge to make a recommendation to the NFL’s rule-making competition committee for potential tweaks that would better clarify what constitutes a legal catch.

“We don’t know what will come out of it,” Blandino told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “Maybe there’s something the (competition) committee hasn’t considered in the past.”