Competition Committee meets with NFLPA and players

As we skim the various tweets coming out of Indianapolis, here’s one that caught our eye.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says that the league’s Competition Committee spent two hours meeting today with NFLPA leadership and roughly 15 players.  The player input, as Aiello said, is important to the work of the Committee.

As to one specific area, we’d love to have been a fly on the wall.  (Unless having a desire to eat fecal matter is inherent to that specific transmogrification.)  We’re referring to the rule that inexplicably was implicated on almost a weekly basis in 2009, from the first Monday night through the NFC title game and into the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.

It’s the concept of catching the ball while going to the ground.  In one case, the league admitted that officials erred in applying the rule, prompting former V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira to say, “I mean, this has gotten to be so
convoluted, this whole act of catching a pass when you’re going to the
ground, that it’s very difficult for people to grasp what is a catch
and what isn’t a catch.”

So it’s critical that the league address this complex stew of securing possession and the ball touching the ground and moving or not moving when it touches the ground and the vague notion of the “second act,” a phrase that still doesn’t appear anywhere in the rule.  The fact that a key member of the Competition Committee was burned by what we still believe to be an improper application of the rule in the Super Bowl likely puts clarifying the matter at the top of the “to do” list.

From our perspective, we simply want the rule to be clearly drafted and consistently applied in a manner that meshes with the plain language in the rulebook. 
 

11 responses to “Competition Committee meets with NFLPA and players

  1. you are such a cheap barstool, Florio. To imply that the Lance Moore call in the SB was incorrect is such a cheap and polemic bullshit.
    That was an absolute clean catch.

  2. I always though the word “transmogrification” was made up by Calvin of “Calvin and Hobbes”.

  3. @slow joe . . . .
    that’s the only place i’ve ever seen it.
    it’s amazing what can happen when you turn a cardboard box upside down and write stuff on it.

  4. I’m a Colts fan and while I’m obviously unhappy at the outcome of SB XLIV, you won’t catch me crying over the call. The catch was good.

  5. I think, if we’re talking player safety, that if a player’s helmet comes off during the play, the play is dead. Sure the replays look cool with the ball carrier having his helmet ripped off, and then charging the goal line, but imagine the danger of getting hit in the head defenselessly…

  6. I just dont get how these things happen. There was never a problem with this before but all the sudden its an epidemic I just dont get it. If the guy catches the ball he catches it if he doesnt he doesnt I dont see how its that hard. Pereira is right this thing is so convoluted its insane.
    The NFL has gotten so finicky about this rules anymore its embarrassing. It shouldnt be this hard to tell if someone caught the ball or not.
    I think your right Florio they should get the rules uniform because of all the problems it has caused. I just think its stupid that there was a problem with it in the first place.

  7. Route36West says:
    February 25, 2010 9:28 PM
    I just dont get how these things happen. There was never a problem with this before but all the sudden its an epidemic I just dont get it. If the guy catches the ball he catches it if he doesnt he doesnt I dont see how its that hard. Pereira is right this thing is so convoluted its insane.
    —————————–
    That’s because of instant replay. Now that you can advance a replay frame by frame, you get these debates. Get rid of instant replay and you won’t have these discussions.
    In any sport officiated by humans there’s going to be mistakes. Accept it and move on. Even with the replay system there’s mistakes made–some would argue more than before. So why do we continue?

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