NFL Owners Approve New Catch Rule for 2018 Season

Al Riveron NFL senior vice president of officiating reviews plays during a news conference announcing rules changes at the NFL owners meetings Monday in Orlando Fla

Al Riveron NFL senior vice president of officiating reviews plays during a news conference announcing rules changes at the NFL owners meetings Monday in Orlando Fla

The catch rule has always been a hotly-debated topic among players and fans, but after a 32-0 unanimous vote there should now be a bit more clarity on the subject. "The Officiating department does not have the authority to instruct the on-field game officials to assess a penalty against a player".

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

Once again, the National Football League has a new catch rule.

While the offender could be disqualified, owners did not call for an automatic ejection on such a play - at least not yet.

The league announced in January that, according to its preliminary injury data, concussions suffered by players increased by almost 16 percent last season over the 2016 season.

About the only thing we know for sure is the impetus for why the National Football League is making this happen: player safety and the ancillary elements that go with it from a financial standpoint, such as lawsuits and erosion of the game's popularity among youth (and their parents) concerned about suffering brain trauma.

"It was pretty clear to me that it was already in place when they ruled on the Zach Ertz catch for the touchdown and the Corey Clement catch for a touchdown", said Paolantonio.

According to Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay, who's the chairman of the competition committee, it will now be illegal for any defensive player to lower his head and initiate contact with his helmet.

Plus, there's more. Any player deemed to have committed this penalty could be ejected from the game. The Steelers have said that Shazier won't play in the 2018 season.

The committee examined plays back to the 1990s and early 2000s, including a pass to the Jets' Wayne Chrebet in which McKay said the film was "so grainy you could barely make it out".

"These guys need to keep their head and eyes up", McKay said of the offensive linemen. "I think the impetus was research. We needed to start over". It could be Ryan Shazier. Green Bay) and Jesse James (December 2017 vs.

National Football League owners also eased what had become an area of officiating controversy in defining a catch.

The new rule was proposed by the league's competition committee ruling input from current and former players, coaches and officials.

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

The rule banning the use of the helmet to initiate contact was instituted to protect players. "The helmet was created to be a protective device".

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