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Goodell wants NFL to look deeply into catch rule

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    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference in advance of Super Bowl 52 today in Minneapolis. The Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots on Sunday.

MINNEAPOLIS >> Roger Goodell wants to see the mystery of the NFL’s catch rule solved, and he’s ensured that the process has begun.

The commissioner said at his annual Super Bowl news conference today that he personally sees that rule as the most obvious to address.

Asked about the scrutiny that NFL officiating came under this season, Goodell said “on the catch/no catch rule, we need to find a rule we think will address that. We certainly need to get this rule right so everyone can appreciate.”

Goodell recently spent three hours with former players, including Pro Football Hall of Famers, going over 150 plays. He said there were many good ideas offered, but as for the specifics of what should be a catch, there was little consensus.

“There were a lot of people with different perspectives and lot of disagreement in the room,” he said.

So the competition committee will dive into not only this rule, but perhaps refining the rulebook.

“I would like to start back, subtracting from the (catch) rule and look at the rule fundamentally from the start. These rules are very complex.”

He added that there were more video replay interruptions in 2017 “and I think we can look at that. How do we make the game more attractive with less stoppages is one of the things we focus on.”

“How do we use replay to ensure correcting obvious mistakes but making sure it doesn’t interrupt the flow of the game.”

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