Change Item 1 to the NFL’s completing the catch rule
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Calling all fans, media, owners, game officials, the competition committee, and commissioner of the NFL -
The game we know and love needs a change. It is time that we implement a change to item 1 of the NFL's "Completing a Catch" rule. Item 1 states:
"A player is considered to be going to the ground if he does not remain upright long enough to demonstrate that he is clearly a runner. If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball until after his initial contact with the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete."
We have now seen three instances where this rule has greatly impacted the outcome of games: Calvin Johnson - Week 1 2010 Lions vs. Bears, Dez Bryant - Playoffs Divisional Round 2014 Cowboys vs Packers, Jesse James - Week 15 2017 Steelers vs. Patriots
The shape of an NFL football is a prolate spheroid which is great because it can be thrown with consistency yet can cause odd and uneven bounces when hitting the ground. The letter of the law is the problem in these instances. When it comes to completing a catch we certainly can come up with a better while still concrete rule as it comes to a catch in which a player goes to the ground.
Please join me in this battle to effect change for the game we love.
- Jeffrey Snyder
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