NFL Implements Change of the Controversial Catch Rule

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Constant tweaking ensued. Referees and players alike came into each season with a new rule on what was and was not a catch, and we saw the results.

The NFL on Tuesday approved three playing rule changes at its annual meeting in Orlando, including new language meant to simplify the definition of a catch. The ball appears to move a little, but Bryant maintains control while going to the ground. The owners also voted to make the rule that moved touchbacks to the 25-yard line permanent, as well as voted to allow officials to "disqualify players for a flagrant non-football act".

- making a football move, such as taking a third step or extending the ball. Packers President Mark Murphy said the rule will rarely be enforced, saying he's counted only five plays last season that would result in an ejection.

Overall concussions were up a year ago, too.Yet this measure came out of nowhere when compared to the typical chatter that surrounds significant rules changes in the NFL.

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"If you do put replay behind them (the officials), then I do think you have the opportunity for them to be able to feel more comfortable in ejecting them", McKay said.

In a January playoff game that Minnesota memorably won on a final pass play, New Orleans players were required to return to the field after leaving for a meaningless extra point.

The infamous catch rule, king of many extended and uncertain replay reviews, is getting the facelift many have called for for years.

"We needed to start over", he said.

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"We've done so much research and investigation on what creates the real concussive plays in the NFL", Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said, "and it became obvious that so numerous plays are through the lowering of the helmet and using the helmet as a weapon".

The seemingly endless string of catching controversies led commissioner Roger Goodell to vow to make revamping the rule a top priority for the league.

The new rule states that if a player lowers his helmet to initiate contact on a hit, it can be a 15-yard penalty.

The rule banning the use of the helmet to initiate contact was instituted to protect players.

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Paolantonio on Tuesday reported that the new rule was in place during Super Bowl LII. Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught a pass late in the game to take the lead over the Chicago Bears with 30 seconds left. Oakland was found to have not violated the rule that requires minority candidates to be interviewed for head coaching and executive positions. The play ultimately got him suspended one game, but he was not removed from the game that the hit occurred in.