Goodell 'concerned' about shaky catch rule
Whether a player controls a catch or not has been a controversial topic for players, coaches and fans alike, and it is something NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to address.
Goodell called in to The Herd with Colin Cowherd, where the shaky nature of the rule was brought up.
"I'm not just somewhat concerned [about the rule]," Goodell said. "I am concerned."
The catch rule was brought up again in week 15 of the regular season, when an apparent game-winning touchdown catch by Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James was overturned because officials deemed he did not maintain control of the ball as he fell to the ground. The touchdown was nullified and the New England Patriots won the game.
Goodell said he was at a summit with five Hall of Fame receivers and some coaches to discuss the rule and how to improve it.
"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 did not say when or how any changes will be made to the rule, but did say he understands why the rule can be frustrating and that "fans want catches".
"That's what we're focusing on. In the competition committee's going to be bringing this up in February and March," Goodell said.
"And I hope we'll be able to address this in a way that will bring more clarity and, frankly, more excitement to this."