All through the 2015 season, another season full of mind-numbing debates over what was and what was not a catch, there was talk of the league once again going back to the drawing board where the catch rules are concerned.
Heck, there was even a Catch Committee, assembled by no less an authority than Roger Goodell himself.
But after all that, the league apparently decided the language of the catch rule is good enough. NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino said in a recent email to NFL Media that the rules are unlikely to change this offseason.
“Nothing has been finalized, but my sense is that there will be no change to the rule or tweak of the language,” Blandino said, via SI. “We will certainly continue to use video to educate in this area.”
According to Blandino, a receiver has made a good catch when he “secures control of the ball in his hands or arms prior to the ball touching the ground, touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands and maintains control of the ball [...] until he has clearly become a runner.”