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Bill Polian claims "not a lot of confusion" on Calvin Johnson rule

Despite a belief among many NFL fans that Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had what should have been a game-winning touchdown taken away from him by a convoluted rule, one member of the league’s competition committee says there’s nothing wrong with the rule at all.

Colts President Bill Polian appeared on the “Official Review” segment on NFL Network’s Total Access and said that while fans might find the rule confusing, league officials don’t.

“For those of us who know the rule, there’s not a lot of confusion,” Polian said.

But there was confusion among the on-field officials in Sunday’s Lions-Bears game. The official who appeared to have the best view on the field, side judge Mike Weatherford, signaled touchdown. But he was then overruled by his fellow officials, and it was ruled incomplete on the field, which the replay review confirmed.

If Polian says there’s not a lot of confusion for those who know the rule, is he saying Weatherford doesn’t know the rule?

Polian also said the rule on what constitutes a catch was written specifically to make it easier to officiate on the field.
 
“In making rules we make on-field officiating the number one criteria,” Polian said. “Replay rarely if ever enters into the situation.”

Polian said that the coaching point for receivers is, “Show me the ball” — don’t just put the ball on the ground as Johnson did, but hold the ball up and show the official that you caught it.

And, ultimately, Polian said it was Johnson’s mistake to put the ball on the ground, rather than keep it in his hands and show the officials that he had it. Polian said it’s on the receivers to demonstrate to the officials that they’ve completed a catch, and not on the NFL to change the rule.

Asked whether the rule will be changed, Polian answered that other competition committee members might want to discuss it but said, “I, for one, don’t see any difficulty with it.”

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  1. 4evrnyt says: Sep 15, 2010 8:01 PM

    HYPOCRITE. LET’S HEAR HIM SAY THAT WHEN IT HAPPENS TO THE COLTS!!

  2. tbeetles says: Sep 15, 2010 8:03 PM

    The arrogance of the NFL as a whole is out of control – “I, for one, don’t see any difficulty with it.”
    We don’t care what you think, when 80% of the fans who saw it say it was a catch and it was stupid, change the damn rule.

  3. Little Tommy says: Sep 15, 2010 8:04 PM

    Cross the plane, land with two feet in, control the ball all the way down, be sure to “make a football move” (whatever the hell that means)…AND THEN TAKE THE FREAKIN’ BALL INTO THE LOCKER ROOM WITH YOU, DRESS AND PUT IT IN YOUR SUV BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR YOUR MANSION and we might give you 6. Yikes…

  4. Tinbender says: Sep 15, 2010 8:05 PM

    So Polian is a crybaby when it comes to moving the umpire even though he voted for the rule, but has no problem with a shitty rule 98% of fans and anyone with common sense thinks needs to be tossed in the trash. In other words Polian is an out of touch P.O.S.

  5. Alpha says: Sep 15, 2010 8:05 PM

    The rule is a joke…what constitutes this mysterious “second action”? Taking the ref to dinner?
    Clearly catching the ball with two hands, getting both feet in, holding the ball in one hand, falling down, landing on your butt, rolling over, and putting the ball on the ground as you jump up to celebrate is just one action.
    Too bad for the Lions. They got jobbed. I think the rule is totally subjective and has been shown to be such.

  6. Strick says: Sep 15, 2010 8:06 PM

    Damn, what an effing hypocrite. If that had happened to Reggie Wayne Polian would be screaming from the rooftops.
    And the NFL would be falling all over themselves to comply.

  7. megatron81 says: Sep 15, 2010 8:06 PM

    Polian is a prik. Always has been, always will be.

  8. JaggedMark says: Sep 15, 2010 8:06 PM

    S.T.R.U.R.N. Bill (I added Right Now)

  9. owumd says: Sep 15, 2010 8:07 PM

    I’m with Pollian. The rule is clear as day, and this catch was no more or less controversial than dozens of others just like it since the rule was implemented a few years ago.
    Sites like PFT have made “controversial” rulings in the NFL a bigger deal than they really warrant. Fans should dedicate as much energy to paying attention to the way rules are routinely applied over the course of a season as they do to feigning outrage everytime a new controversy du jour pops up.

  10. G-man says: Sep 15, 2010 8:09 PM

    “Polian said that the coaching point for receivers is, “Show me the ball” — don’t just put the ball on the ground as Johnson did, but hold the ball up and show the official that you caught it.”
    So, the few seconds where Johnson had the ball secured in his outstretched hand while his two feet and then body hit the ground before he rolled over wasn’t enough “showing the official” he had caught the ball? You’d have to be completely blind to not be able to see that.
    What a joke. If this happened to the Colts this guy would be shouting from the mountaintops about changing this rule.

  11. owumd says: Sep 15, 2010 8:09 PM

    But what if 80 percent of the fans are barely literate meat heads who don’t care to understand anything that doesn’t immediately benefit them?

  12. TheFoo says: Sep 15, 2010 8:09 PM

    He only cares if it affects the Colts, the damn schill.
    Obviously to 98% of anyone involved with the NFL it’s a stupid rule and should be changed.

  13. faulkn22 says: Sep 15, 2010 8:11 PM

    80+% of the country says it is a touchdown.
    The only ref with 100% clear view said it was a touchdown.
    Let’s pretend its no big deal because Peyton Manning didn’t bitch about it.
    How hard is it to go back to the two feet and possession = touchdown?
    Polian, you’re a tool

  14. comeondieyoung says: Sep 15, 2010 8:11 PM

    No big surprise coming from Mr. “I Was For the New Umpire Position Before I Was Against It.” When this rule adversely affects the Colts, he’ll be banging down Goodell’s door to have it changed immediately.

  15. mr_snrub says: Sep 15, 2010 8:13 PM

    Polian’s always been out of touch with most things and he’s clearly got no clue in this matter.

  16. Wellsee says: Sep 15, 2010 8:14 PM

    I’m not confused about the rule, I just think it should be changed.

  17. They_Hate_We says: Sep 15, 2010 8:16 PM

    that’s because Reggie Wayne didn’t catch the friggin pass. only plays that affect the Colts are worth further review.
    We all saw how quick changes were made when Peyton couldn’t run his no-huddle.

  18. Startled Armadillo says: Sep 15, 2010 8:17 PM

    his logic is totally wrong. just because the rule says something, that doesn’t mean the rule is correct. change the rule so that it matches reality.
    if 95% of the public (and anyone with half a brain not on the “NFL is God” bandwagon) thinks it was a catch, than it was a catch. the nfl needs to realize their rule is wrong and adjust.

  19. RedWing Guy says: Sep 15, 2010 8:17 PM

    tbeetles,
    Great point. When a business finds that at least 80% of its customers don’t like the way they conduct business, they look for ways to improve!
    But not the NFL. Remember every empire eventually falls and theirs is on the way!

  20. cbatchel says: Sep 15, 2010 8:17 PM

    Why did he drop the ball, what an idiot.

  21. Flipadelphia says: Sep 15, 2010 8:17 PM

    No if it happened to Peyton and the Colts they’d have the rule changed quickly.
    Just like having the officials moved around after the preseason game when Peyton was having problems running a hurry up offense.
    He told the NFL that the officials werent moving quickly enough so instead of saying ….”Sorry Peyton, thats how we have the officials set up. Its not up to us to move the officials because Peyton Manning said so.” They moved the officials around and changed who spotted the ball to make it easier for Peyton.

  22. TheDPR says: Sep 15, 2010 8:19 PM

    “The arrogance of the NFL as a whole is out of control – “I, for one, don’t see any difficulty with it.”
    We don’t care what you think, when 80% of the fans who saw it say it was a catch and it was stupid, change the damn rule. ”
    >>>>>>
    this

  23. Smoke&Mirrors says: Sep 15, 2010 8:20 PM

    Ask Polian this: In what other level of the game of football would that catch not be a touchdown? Answer: None.
    I guess if there is anyone that Polian can blame other than his own QB, then its under the bus they go…
    The NFL is on its way to bastardizing the game of football and this is one small example of the fruit from that tree.

  24. bleedsoe9mm says: Sep 15, 2010 8:22 PM

    i don’t have a problem with the rule , i just don’t think the rule has anything to do with calvin’s catch , he was getting up when the ball came out . i guess next time he’ll take it too the locker room with him . and that ref should start wearing muscle shirts to get noticed instead of over applying the rules .

  25. Flipadelphia says: Sep 15, 2010 8:25 PM

    I truly hope this happens to the Colts before the year is out…..in a game deciding play. Hopefully a playoff game deciding play.

  26. HerbertJablonski says: Sep 15, 2010 8:26 PM

    “Show me the ball” — don’t just put the ball on the ground as Johnson did, but hold the ball up and show the official that you caught it.”
    But that’s exactly what Calvin did. He showed the ref the ball, and the ref called it a TD on the field.

  27. jjared1101 says: Sep 15, 2010 8:27 PM

    He wants to keep the rule? Fine.
    But lets allow the refs to make common sense decisions when it calls for it (like on Sunday).

  28. pghguyy33 says: Sep 15, 2010 8:27 PM

    since when is it the players job to convince an offcial of anything. they may argue but the refs never listen… polian knows that

  29. MotownDC says: Sep 15, 2010 8:30 PM

    I can’t believe how idiots like Polian, Lovie Smith, and even Schwarz are defending this. A player who has possession of the ball when a play would normally stop (like being down by contact, or out of bounds, or in the endzone) should be considered to have made a catch. Why in the world not? Calvin J by the way met ALL of those criteria

  30. Rachor says: Sep 15, 2010 8:30 PM

    Thought the whole interview was disappointing. He never really answered Rich’s questions. He also talked as though this wasn’t a rule that was just recently changed.
    What crap from Polian. Might as well have not aired the segment.

  31. Linejudge says: Sep 15, 2010 8:31 PM

    These posts confirm my motto: People are stupid.
    If you don’t like the rules as they are written, stop watching the NFL, or buy a team and get yourself a seat on the competition committee.
    @ OWUMD: Thank you for giving me faith that there is at least one person left on this site that isn’t deaf, dumb, blind and stupid….I was beginning to think I was the only person that realizes the rules are the rules, regardless of your opinion of them.

  32. mattlion says: Sep 15, 2010 8:34 PM

    I can understand his point, but did he have to say it THAT way? He comes off like a douchebag.
    Oh wait, he is a douchebag. Nevermind.

  33. Bell63 says: Sep 15, 2010 8:37 PM

    I’d love for all the people who say “the rule is so obvious” to actually read the rule. It isn’t.

  34. Meat Tuperello says: Sep 15, 2010 8:42 PM

    Yes Polian is a prick.
    He has an ego like none other.
    Yes he would be having a fit if it happened to the Colts. Jeff Fisher would be doing the same if it happened tot he Titans, Belichick if it happened to the Pats.
    That is human nature.
    With that in mind, If I were Calvin Johnson and I caught a similar pass, I would lay my ass on the ground until the ref came over to get the ball, just to prove a point.

  35. TheSleepness says: Sep 15, 2010 8:43 PM

    It’s not a touchdown people & media just want to stir up “news” for drama..scary actually..

  36. rmm9090 says: Sep 15, 2010 8:44 PM

    Polian says:
    “In making rules we make on-field officiating the number one criteria,” Polian said. “Replay rarely if ever enters into the situation.”
    If that was true, the NFL games would take half as long as they do now, due to all the replaying, red flag waving.
    This tool is doing what he does best, lying out both sides of his mouth to cover his big fat rich ass.
    Having a prick of a team owner like Polian on the competition committee is like having the fox guard the hen house.

  37. txtumbleweed says: Sep 15, 2010 8:44 PM

    It is a stupid rule and needs to be changed. If they care about the fans they will change it but I think they are all a bunch of power happy jerks , refs and owners!

  38. FlyinO says: Sep 15, 2010 8:46 PM

    Polian is overrated. The defense he built sucks and he has wasted countless first round picks on duds lately. If it wasn’t for Peyton, he would have been fired a long time ago, but because Peyton continues to win, Polian is a “jeenyus”.

  39. BigBear123 says: Sep 15, 2010 8:47 PM

    Texans 34
    Colts 24
    Chew on that Billy.

  40. superb owl says: Sep 15, 2010 8:49 PM

    dirtbag.
    if u can count one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand and they guy still has the ball, it’s a catch.
    dirtbags keep changing and reinterpreting the rules and yakking about process.
    johnson had it under control.

  41. Cover2 says: Sep 15, 2010 8:49 PM

    It’s a totally inconsistent rule. Everywhere else one the field it’s two feet inbounds with control or an elbow or knee down with control. Why the hell is it different in the endzone. No need to worry about the officials making the wrong call since they do it all game long and they have replay to back them up.
    In addition, Johnson was getting up, not going down, when he lost the ball. Even within the dumb rule it should have been called a TD.
    If this happened to the Colts, Polian would have been all over the rule. No question, as we have seen that behaviour year after year from him. What an ignorant perspective from this guy.
    What a loser (in the superbowl 1-4).

  42. nps6724 says: Sep 15, 2010 8:51 PM

    “If Polian says there’s not a lot of confusion for those who know the rule, is he saying Weatherford doesn’t know the rule?”
    Or he could be saying Weatherford interpreted it differently and was wrong?

  43. D wins games says: Sep 15, 2010 8:52 PM

    Did you expect Polian to admit anything was amiss? Ha! You can argue that according to the rule that it was not a catch, but even that is arguable. But to say that the rule is just fine is absurd. When everyone watching it thinks it is a catch then OBVIOUSLY it should be a catch. If the rule says otherwise, change the freaking rule!

  44. chitownlionsfan says: Sep 15, 2010 8:52 PM

    i hope calvin scores this sunday and takes the ball with him and brings it all the way to the sidelines and put it on the bench right next to Jeff Backus. the refs can take both hose to the bank.

  45. Gkeith says: Sep 15, 2010 8:53 PM

    I don’t think it is a fair rule. The rules should be the same on every play, I dont think that is the case. What about when someone catches a ball in the endzone, takes a step then spikes it?? It happens every week. Watch the replays and you will see my point.

  46. Tim_Stead says: Sep 15, 2010 8:57 PM

    There is no confusion Bill PoliON. The rule sucks and makes the NFL look foolish. The whole world is very clear about that Bill.

  47. Stone says: Sep 15, 2010 9:05 PM

    I agree with Polian 100%. Sorry Detroit fans, no matter what the media wants to say, it was obvious that he dropped that ball at the end of the play. His hand wasn’t large enough to hold onto it and he flat out dropped out. No matter that he was down. He didn’t complete the action of his catch. Sorry.

  48. FireFlorio says: Sep 15, 2010 9:06 PM

    Amen!! I usually hate Bill Polian but he has it dead on here. You all need to go back to football 101. A rule is a rule. Weatherford was wrong and the other Offials corrected it. If they were to change that rule it would be way to subjective for an official to say “well….did he really have control before the ball hit the ground or not”
    Here’s an idea: HOLD ON TO THE BALL!! HOLD ON TO THE MOST IMPORTANT BALL OF THE GAME, TO WIN THE GAME. INSTEAD OF BEING ALOOF AND CARELESS WITH IT WHEN THAT RULE HAS BEEN EXPLAINED NUMEROUS TIMES.
    The only people that got robbed are Calvin’s teammates and Detroit fans who could have had a divisional road win to start the season if he had just cradled the ball per the rules.
    Morons.

  49. rarson says: Sep 15, 2010 9:07 PM

    “And, ultimately, Polian said it was Johnson’s mistake to put the ball on the ground, rather than keep it in his hands and show the officials that he had it.”
    That’s f***ing retarded. OBVIOUSLY he showed adequately that he had the ball to the official who was actually watching the play. OBVIOUSLY the guy who decided to overrule that call thought it was ambiguous enough that he could get away with calling it an incomplete. OBVIOUSLY the NFL doesn’t want its officials admitting when they’ve made a mistake.
    “The rule is a joke…what constitutes this mysterious ‘second action’?”
    That’s just the thing: none of that shit is actually IN the rule. This is all part of the NFL trying to avoid criticism by giving bullshit excuses for why their refs made a BAD CALL. The rule itself is fine: a receiver must maintain control of the ball as they are going to the ground until after they’ve touched the ground. Big deal, right? The only reason this is even an issue is because the NFL is going out of their way to contort the rule into something it’s not in an attempt to justify the bad call.
    Apparently the strategy is working. Everyone is talking about the “bad” rule and how it’s stupid and needs to be fixed. No, the rule is fine, the officiating screwed it up. The NFL has successfully steered the conversation away from the inaccurate and inconsistent judging and turned it into an argument over semantics that don’t even exist in the rule book.

  50. FireJerryJones says: Sep 15, 2010 9:08 PM

    Bill Polian has spoken.

  51. cdallen77 says: Sep 15, 2010 9:08 PM

    Yeah, then why did the referee signal TD right away and then have it changed you jack a$$!

  52. Linejudge says: Sep 15, 2010 9:12 PM

    @ Smoke&Mirrors
    Ask Polian this: In what other level of the game of football would that catch not be a touchdown? Answer: None.
    Wrong. Correct Answer: NCAA
    ————————————————–
    What a lot of you don’t realize is that there are rules and then there are rules interpretations. Interpretations are designed to cover situations that are not expressly word for word covered by the rules b/c it is impossible to cover every situation imaginable within the rules themselves. It is the interpretation of the catch/no catch definition that covers going to the ground during a catch (I will admit that my interpretation of this situation is from an NCAA standpoint and based on NCAA rules, not NFL, but I have to assume the same applies in the NFL since most of their philosophies are trickling down to the NCAA thanks to Bill Carollo).
    I challenge anyone out there to design a better rule with less gray area than you must maintain possession of the ball if you go to the ground when making a catch (I’m paraphrasing, please don’t freak out).

  53. Linejudge says: Sep 15, 2010 9:16 PM

    The key to this play is NOT the end zone, the key is that he went TO THE GROUND. GODD&MNIT……pay attention

  54. JDMP says: Sep 15, 2010 9:18 PM

    The Lions just want become a winning franchise like the Colts of course blowhard bill is gonna try to hold them down.

  55. rarson says: Sep 15, 2010 9:22 PM

    “A rule is a rule.”
    The call of the play (incomplete pass) was incorrect AS DEFINED BY THE RULE. If you actually read the rule, and watch the play, it was CLEARLY a complete pass.
    People that are saying he “obviously” dropped the ball are delusional.

  56. rarson says: Sep 15, 2010 9:24 PM

    “if he had just cradled the ball per the rules.”
    No, sorry, the rule doesn’t say a damn thing about cradling the ball. At all.

  57. Jay16 says: Sep 15, 2010 9:24 PM

    Man, this guy is an idiot.
    If the rule was so clear then how come the Colts challenged the Lance Moore catch for the 2 point conversion in the SuperBowl.
    I’m starting to think Bill is out of touch.

  58. forthelove says: Sep 15, 2010 9:28 PM

    I’m with Polian. Quit trying to show off how you can catch the ball with one hand and you would have had a touchdown and the game.
    Or here’s a thought Calvin, you showboat catching the ball with one hand, and then show you’re a commoner by using your hands to get back to your feet. Just bounce up like a G that catches touchdown passes with one hand and you’ve got a touchdown and the game.
    Point: showboat all you want, but be prepared to cost your team every now and then when it doesn’t work out.

  59. superb owl says: Sep 15, 2010 9:33 PM

    twas a catch.
    either yer eyes were right, or a convoluted rule book doesnt need fixing.
    we all know why polian is on the rules / competition committee, and it isnt for the good of the game.

  60. cdallen77 says: Sep 15, 2010 9:39 PM

    It’s pretty simple but requires a referee to come change the initial call of a touch down. Watch the replay and you might get distracted by the referee throwing his hands up signaling TD!!!!!!!
    Oh but wait, it’s so simple. Let’s me and change what we thought and then review it. Yeah, pretty simple call and 82% of America is wrong!

  61. Greyt.Chase says: Sep 15, 2010 9:46 PM

    Calvin Johnson wasn’t falling when he made the catch. Therefore, nothing mattered after his two feet were in. The fact that he fell after shouldn’t matter.
    It was a touchdown.

  62. Richm2257 says: Sep 15, 2010 9:59 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I have no love for Bill “I’m a hypocritical idiot” Polian, but his lame-a$$ excuse aside, I can’t believe how so many of you morons are calling that a CATCH!
    I have watched that play over and over again, and Johnson makes an incredible catch, but then HE DOESN’T HOLD ONTO THE DAMN FOOTBALL! He didn’t “put it down” as many of you – Poilian included – suggest, the damn thing fell out of his grasp as he let it hit the freaking ground! He caught it, started to fall, landed on his left hip, and never tucked the ball into his chest; instead, he extended his arm out – WITH THE BALL IN IT – to break his fall. It gets jarred loose as it hits the ground, he doesn’t maintain posession of the ball, NO CATCH!
    How is this so hard for so many of you to see?????

  63. edaily says: Sep 15, 2010 10:00 PM

    WOW! Is there a lot of hate in here or what? I for one don’t have a problem with the rule, the call or with Polian. If they want to change the rule they can. If they do I am sure there will be just as many people who will be ticked with the ruling as a catch and they would be wanting the rule changed again. Whatever. Play football and quit whining!

  64. sullijo says: Sep 15, 2010 10:07 PM

    Bill, you’re an idiot.

  65. mookieburns13 says: Sep 15, 2010 10:08 PM

    Lions beat writer on why this was a catch via NFL rule book. Best I’ve seen so far as to why it was a catch…
    http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2010/09/why_detroit_lions_fans_should.html

  66. 1NationRaiderNation says: Sep 15, 2010 10:11 PM

    Hey Bill, do me a favor, and pass your bong this way…..the crap you smoke is a lot better then anything i have ever seen…..
    Bill I also need you to know That means that our whole solar system could be, like one tiny atom in the fingernail of some other giant being. This is too much! That means one tiny atom in my fingernail could be–
    : Could be one little tiny universe.

  67. Waltkowalski says: Sep 15, 2010 10:30 PM

    Follow the money if you want to know who’s involved in the fix.

  68. BCGreg says: Sep 15, 2010 10:54 PM

    IMO, this was a TD. He caught it in the air, landed with 2 feet down, not sure if the defender made contact with him, but he fell on the ground, rolled on his butt and placed the ball on the ground. There was no juggling. If the defender touched Johnson, then he was down by contact anyway. It shouldn’t matter either way.
    If the NFL is gonna keep this rule, then they have to also include the runner who tries to score by jumping over the pile in a goal line situation while reaching the ball over the plane of the endzone. How come it’s not a fumble if the ball crosses the goal line but it gets knocked out of the runner’s hand before he hits the ground. The runner didn’t “complete” the play in that instance either. Very inconsistent.
    Hey, I’m a Pats fan. The Tuck Rule is bogus. Brady fumbled, but it is a rule in the rulebook. Hey, Polian, it may be a rule, but it doesn’t mean it’s a good one. The refs may have ultimately gotten it right based on the written rule, but it took a victory away from a team that earned one.

  69. Insomniac says: Sep 15, 2010 11:19 PM

    I like that. “Show me the ball.” That’s such a simple way to explain it. Get back up holding the ball.

  70. prophet of the light says: Sep 15, 2010 11:40 PM

    Pollian only knows the rules, because he changes them as he sees fit.

  71. Lucky5927 says: Sep 16, 2010 12:40 AM

    And, ultimately, Polian said it was Johnson’s mistake to put the ball on the ground, rather than keep it in his hands and show the officials that he had it. Polian said it’s on the receivers to demonstrate to the officials that they’ve completed a catch, and not on the NFL to change the rule.
    —————————————————-
    So Polian is saying that Johnson “had a choice” and made a mistake? Insinuating that Johnson had to have control to make that mistake. Because if he did not have control, then it wouldn’t be considered a mistake. Polian is talking out of his old azz again. Someone still has a super bowl hangover (or a 3 day old hangover). I wonder if he is wearing Arian Foster underwear today?

  72. miamichalupa13 says: Sep 16, 2010 1:47 AM

    These posts confirm my motto: People are stupid.
    If you don’t like the rules as they are written, stop watching the NFL, or buy a team and get yourself a seat on the competition committee.
    @ OWUMD: Thank you for giving me faith that there is at least one person left on this site that isn’t deaf, dumb, blind and stupid….I was beginning to think I was the only person that realizes the rules are the rules, regardless of your opinion of them.
    ——
    Regardless of YOUR opinion, we have the power to change them. As consumers of this product, we DO have a say in things. Why do you think the NBA, NHL, and NFL have all enacted rule changes in recent years that help increase scoring? Because WE wanted more scoring. By blowing up message boards like this one, we have as much impact as anyone.
    We did not like that Peyton Manning was watching from the sidelines with his hands in his pocket while Philip Rivers marched down the field to beat him in ’08. People didn’t like that the Colts never got a chance for a rebuttle, and the NFL responded by reviewing the issue in the offseason.
    Keep whining, bitching, and moaning, people. Because in the words of the immortal Capitan Planet, “The power is yours!”

  73. J. Clayton says: Sep 16, 2010 2:21 AM

    Replay has turned the NFL queer.

  74. Katmanduu says: Sep 16, 2010 4:37 AM

    GREAT rule. And it does make officiating easier. I saw the play live and knew it wasn’t a catch. Just like they tell D-Linemen: “stay on your feet”, Johnson should have stayed on his feet, and this wouldn’t be an issue. When you go to the ground, this can happen. The rule is fine, Johnson hotdogged it a tad too early, and the rule does not need to be changed. If it is, like most of you loser yahoos with half a brain want, then it’s just going to open the door for future controversy, which is what the rule is supposed to get rid of to begin with….

  75. rarson says: Sep 16, 2010 9:53 AM

    “I saw the play live and knew it wasn’t a catch.”
    You must have been sitting too far away on the opposite side of the stadium, because it clearly was. Even the official standing right next to the catch saw that it was.

  76. godofwine says: Sep 16, 2010 11:31 AM

    If you are able to palm the ball with one hand for the amount of time that Calvin Johnson did then I would rule that that is possession. If I tried to palm a basketball it would slip. I would never be able to do it for even .25 seconds, much less as long as Calvin Johnson did.
    I expected Polian to say what he said, which is the sad thing about the replay reviewon NFLN. Nobody wants to say, “Look. The ref screwed up. Next time he won’t make that mistake again. I can guarantee you that he won’t be reffing the Super Bowl this year.” No. What we got out of Polian was a tried and true “company man answer” and that isn’t what we wanted. We wanted honesty. If honesty promotes controversy, so be it. The company answer actually serves you worse than honesty does in the long run because the fans know that they can’t trust you to tell the truth and say you screwed up when you screwed up.

  77. Lucky5927 says: Sep 16, 2010 1:09 PM

    KatManDon’t,
    Its funny that you state a rule is designed to get rid of controversy, but yet, it is creating even more. Sure Johnson tried to get up quickly and used the ball to propel himself up. But to hold a ball in your hands and not have it move on centimeter while a defender is covering you, two feet hit the ground, part of your leg, your butt, and your arm (Causing many opportunities for the ball to vibrate and demonstrate a lack of control), and yet the ball does not move. THAT IS A CATCH! I am sorry that your 1/4 brain can not rationalize what us “half-brained” people obviously saw. And for the record… you and Bill Polian both can come off your high horses and accept the fact that their are fans, refs, players, and other people who know football inside and out, who feel it was a catch. Such arogance to assume you are so wise and everyone else is not is a joke in itself. I bet you also pause your Madden game and view the replay after a challenged call to see if the computer ref was correct.

  78. Tinbender says: Sep 16, 2010 7:08 PM

    Any rule that causes this much confusion and arguments is a Bad Rule. Period.

  79. rarson says: Sep 17, 2010 1:13 PM

    It’s not the rule that is causing confusion, it’s the application of it and the NFL’s subsequent excuses for why they blew a call.

  80. drbob1117 says: Oct 12, 2010 9:00 PM

    Pretty damn arrogant for Polian and all the others that think that their absurd rule is the way it should be. Newsflash for the douches on the competition committee: Football was played for years and years and years before you and the other current idiots ( like Jeff Fisher) joined the committee, and everyone knew what a catch was when they saw one. That’s because it followed logically from all of the other football rules; if you have clear possesion of the ball ( not juggling) and your butt, or knee, or two feet,or back or stomach is on the ground , and it didn’t get fielded on the bounce ( like a ‘trap’ in baseball) it’s a catch. They never needed to clarify or change the rule. I guess they thought was that instant replay would justify the rule, that all of the waved off catches would look like drops; instead the replay has only underlined how stupid the rule is; like with Clavin Johnson’s catch.

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