Ever since Week One of the 2010 season, when an apparent Calvin Johnson touchdown catch was overturned and ruled incomplete, NFL fans have had a hard time understanding what constitutes a catch. NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino admits that part of the confusion stems from the league’s own officials not always understanding what constitutes a catch.
In an officiating video distributed to the media, Blandino admitted that a 57-yard catch by Mike Wallace against the Panthers, which was ruled a catch on the field and stayed a catch even after the Panthers challenged, should have been ruled incomplete.
“The ball comes loose when he hits the ground,” Blandino said. “This is an incomplete pass. We didn’t rule it this way, and again, we’ve got to work and strive to be more consistent with our game officials to make sure they understand this.”
Blandino said a similar play on a pass to Dez Bryant late in the Cowboys-Giants game was correctly ruled incomplete.
“He’s got to hold onto the football when he lands. He doesn’t. That’s an incomplete pass,” Blandino said.
Blandino said the league is continuing to work to ensure that the officials understand the rules.
“We’ll continue to direct officials on this topic, on this issue and make sure that we continue to work on consistency in this area,” Blandino said.
Right now, the consistency in officiating isn’t there.