Even Roger Goodell is concerned with the NFL catch rule right now

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks NFL catch rule with Colin Cowherd heading into Super Bowl LII.

- Are you not somewhat concerned that a consumer like myself who loves the game and feels that he knows it is often left confused on what a catch is and what it isn't in the NFL today?

ROGER GOODELL: Colin, I agree with you 100%. I'd even go further. I'm not just somewhat concerned. I am concerned. We just had five Hall-of-Fame receivers and several coaches come in just two weeks ago to focus on the catch, no catch rule, how we bring clarity-- and this is where the balance comes in, Colin. We've had other examples of this over the years, where you want there to be clarity from an officiating standpoint, a coaching, and a player's standpoint. They know what it is, what it isn't.

And so they draft the rule, the competition committee looks at it. They bring it to the membership. And they want that clarity. I think here, you might have clarity in a large element of it. But then what happens is it's not the rule that people really want.


ROGER GOODELL: And one of our Hall-of-Fame receivers said it well to me when we looked at this a couple of years ago. Fans want catches.

COLIN COWHERD: Thank you. Yes.

ROGER GOODELL: And I think what we've got to try to do-- and we had a really good discussion for over three hours and looking at a lot of tape. And we've got some ideas of how to bring some clarity to that. It's particularly in the going to the ground that I think has created a lot of the confusion because it's a different rule when you're going to the ground than when you're on the sideline or in the end zone.

And I think that's what we're focusing on. In the competition committee's going to be bringing this up in February and March. And I hope we'll be able to address this in a way that will bring more clarity and, frankly, more excitement to this.