Al Riveron: New catch rule is a great rule

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One of the biggest rules changes in the NFL this year concerns what constitutes a catch.

The league adopted a rule that says a player has caught the ball when he has control, two feet or another body part down and either making or having the ability to make a football move. The football move has been defined as a third step; reaching with the ball; tucking the ball away; turning upfield; or avoiding or warding off an opponent.

At a clinic for officials in Dallas on Friday, NFL officiating head Al Riveron said that he thought officials were largely calling games that way and said the new rule gets everything, including replay, on the same page.

“How do we make this particular play a catch? How do we make the Dez Bryant play a catch and still stay within the rules and the confines? We brought in legends, we brought in coaches, we brought in officials, we brought in supervisors and said how do we make it better? How do we get these exciting plays back in the game. I think we’ve come up — I know we’ve come up with a great rule,” Riveron said, via Tadd Haislop of Sporting News.

Some have suggested the change in the rule will lead to more fumbles along with more completions and we’ll learn the first implications of the change once preseason games get underway next month.

19 responses to “Al Riveron: New catch rule is a great rule

  1. If you have to go on the record to continue to try to convince anyone that something is “great”, well, then it likely isn’t. Try selling used cars, Al.

  2. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 13, 2018 at 12:55 pm
    I don’t know if it’s a great rule but it’s a heck of a lot better than the previous rule.

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    Yes, clear, concise and easy rules to understand are just the worst. LMAO

    How hard is it to understand that if you don’t have control of the ball without it touching the ground or jostling in your arms, it’s not a catch?

    lmao

    I weep for our country’s future.

  3. up in your business says: “Just copy the rulebook from any other football league in existence. The NFL is the only league that doesn’t know what a catch is.”
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    This is beyond stupid. If you didn’t have 10 hi-def instant slo-mo replays from four different angles, no one would be able to complain either.

    The only 100% undisputable rule is to not allow the ball to touch the ground AT ALL. Everything else is in the grey area regarding POSSESSION. Let’s see you try and define that and 99 out of 100 people will find something wrong with it.

  4. Thanks, Al. Bang-up job last year, so I have complete confidence in your evaluation. Might want to brush-up a bit on the rules. You had a rough patch last season. It only lasted the entire season.

  5. You know what would make a positive change:

    Go back to early 2000 replay standards. That means cut the feed of at 90 seconds and if the reversal isnt clear it stands. Same with confirming TDs and Turnovers, give them 30 seconds max to either confirm or initate replay.

    Their should never be a five
    min replay delay.

  6. Says the blind doofus who ruled Zach Miller’s CAREER ENDING TD wasn’t a TD because the ball was moving even though it never did.

    Al Riveron is a joke. You need people with 20/20 vision in his position.

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    July 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 13, 2018 at 12:55 pm
    I don’t know if it’s a great rule but it’s a heck of a lot better than the previous rule.

    —————–

    Yes, clear, concise and easy rules to understand are just the worst. LMAO

    How hard is it to understand that if you don’t have control of the ball without it touching the ground or jostling in your arms, it’s not a catch?

    lmao

    I weep for our country’s future.
    _________

    The rule was so clear, concise, and easy to understand that they had to change it because nobody knew what a catch was. I guess you loved the old rule but I didn’t really like it when everybody saw a guy catch a ball and the official said he didn’t after a 5-minute replay.

  8. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 13, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    July 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 13, 2018 at 12:55 pm
    I don’t know if it’s a great rule but it’s a heck of a lot better than the previous rule.

    —————–

    Yes, clear, concise and easy rules to understand are just the worst. LMAO

    How hard is it to understand that if you don’t have control of the ball without it touching the ground or jostling in your arms, it’s not a catch?

    lmao

    I weep for our country’s future.
    _________

    The rule was so clear, concise, and easy to understand that they had to change it because nobody knew what a catch was. I guess you loved the old rule but I didn’t really like it when everybody saw a guy catch a ball and the official said he didn’t after a 5-minute replay.

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    Umm, how come some of us know what a catch is then? Just because dopey Goodell plays to the lowest common denominator portion of the fanbase (dopey, whiny 5th place trophy gen Millennials in basements basing their knowledge of the sport off of fantasy stats and anti-Pats sentiments), does not mean the rule is not beyond clear.

    It was VERY clear and put the entire onus on the receiver to catch the freaking ball and secure it. Duh.

    1. Catch the ball firmly and secure it.
    2. Make sure 2 feet are in bounds after final possession.
    2. If you make a football move, and aren’t falling to the ground/being tackled, the catch is then complete, and any loss of the ball after this point is a fumble.

    Pretty damn simple, kid.

    So tiring.

    Now, they’re going to use the super grey area to cheat. In other words, now they can argue the bobbling factor in either direction, using the Clement TD in the SB that was so clearly not a catch once he moved it from his left forearm to his left with hjostling and one foot, or they can claim it is now catch.

    The grey area based rules are chating rules for Goodell.

    Riveron had every call right last year ,it’s just that people don’t understand the rule or don’t get basic NFL rules.

    Not to mention, these dopey Millennials who are overratred, have god awful fundamentals coming out of college, so now it becomes the Pats’ fault that the rule was called correctly on Benjamin, Sefarian Jenkins and Jesse James, to the point Goodell cheated in the other direction incorrectly for the Clement TD in the Super Bowl.

    Super. Just super.

  9. It’s pretty easy to know what a catch is…

    1. Did he possess the ball securely throughout the entirety of the catch with two feet or another qualifying body part in bounds?

    2. Did he avoid letting the ball touch the ground?

    If the answer to those simple questions is yes, then you have yourself a catch. What’s so hard about this?

  10. So let’s say a player catches the ball along the sidelines on a sort of comeback route or any route that would have the player turned around and facing back towards the line of scrimmage at the time the ball arrives. The ball hits him right in the chest between the numbers and the player secures control of the ball. Both of his feet are firmly planted in the ground when the ball arrives and he establishes control. There is no defender near him, but the player immediately steps backwards out of bounds with the momentum of the ball and because his team needs the clock stopped immediately because of the time situation in the game (for instance, a scenario where the previously described series of events occurred because a team needed to gain a quick 15 yards to get into field goal range for the go-ahead score, and when the ball arrives there is only one second left on the clock).

    As far as I can tell, by this new definition, this would not be a catch, the player did not get a third step in-bounds, did not reach with the ball, did not turn up field, and did not ward off an opponent. By every letter of the law that I can see in this new rule, that play should be ruled an incomplete pass despite the fact that everybody in the world with a working pair of eyes would agree that it was a catch. And despite the narrow and specific set of circumstances I just described, it is actually not all that uncommon. Go on YouTube and see how many last second field goals are set up by catches that fall under those circumstances.

  11. The Officials on the Field usually do a good job, it’s the replay ones (Blandino) who screw it up!

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