The NFL's catch rule is about as clear as the Ohio River. Its harder to understand than a drunk South Side bro on St Patty's Day. The old rule cost the Steelers a victory against the Patriots that could have changed the entire outlook of the AFC playoffs...
NFL.com reports that league owners approved modifications to the catch rule for the 2018 season during the Annual League Meeting on Tuesday. The official results:
The catch rule passed by a vote of 32-0 #theyallcaughtit— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2018
After much deliberation & input from coaches, players, @NFLLegends, & club executives, the @NFL Competition Committee will recommend the following language simplifying the catch rule at the Annual Meeting next week. pic.twitter.com/hJwH5YYBRK— Al Riveron (@alriveron) March 21, 2018
The essential change to the rule eliminated the “going-to-the-ground” stipulation of the previous rule. Many expect to see an increase in fumbles with the new rule implemented.