Dez Bryant wants to help the NFL figure out what's a catch and what's not
The Cowboys wide receiver says the NFL 'still needs to work on' the catch rule
Almost two years later we're no closer to knowing what constitutes a catch, at least according to the NFL rulebook.
"They need to still work on it," Bryant said this week, according to ESPN.com. "Because I've seen a lot of stuff where how is that a catch and that's not a catch. So, you know, I hope they do a better job. If they need my input, I'm here. Pretty sure lot of guys would want to get involved in that. You know, hopefully they'll get it."
Funny story: Last December, the NFL convened a catch-rule committee that included Pro Football Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian, former head coaches Ken Whisenhunt, Jim Schwartz and Joe Philbin, former receiver James Thrash and former side judge Tom Fincken. At the time, NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino told USAToday.com that Bryant might also be consulted.
"He cares," Blandino said. "It's important to him. We definitely want to hear from him."
Here's Bryant this week: "I'm pretty sure they don't want me on it," he said while laughing.
Meanwhile, at least one member of the NFL Competition Committee agrees that the catch rule remains as confusing as ever.
"I'm on that committee, so shame on me, but, no, I don't (know what a catch is)," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told Sirius XM on Wednesday. "I think it's still a very frustrating rule. Obviously with the technology that we have today, the high definition, the replays, the camera angles, the number of camera angles we have can be a very frustrating thing in officiating. Certainly you'd like to have better answers for some of these things because some of these things, I think if you use the old theory that if you're watching that game and people say 99 out of 100 people in the bar say it's a catch, then you got to believe it's a catch.
"Right now we do have some rules that don't necessarily follow that philosophy. And there are things that I know will continue to come under scrutiny year in and year out. As a committee, I know we'll continue to try to come up with better ways to define catch-no catch and improve upon it. That's the goal. We want to make the game great for our fans. We don't want the story to be about the officiating and to be about the call or the no-call. That's our goal as a committee."
It's an admirable goal, one the committee has fallen well short of.
In related news, the last time the Cowboys beat the Packers, George W. Bush was still in office and Dak Prescott was 15 years old.
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