Dallas Cowboys fans, you’ve waited long enough to hear this.
But yes, that play by Dez Bryant in the 2014 playoff game was a catch… if it had happened next season.
That’s because the NFL Competition Committee is working on the rule that defines what is an actual catch and, the starting point for that seems to be finding some common ground as to what should have been in the past.
And the one they agreed should have been ruled complete was Bryant’s play in that 2014 NFC playoff game against Green Bay.
And not sure if it makes it better or worse but they were in "unanimous" agreement on that one.
"I think where we are unanimous [are] plays like the Dez Bryant play in Green Bay, going to the ground, [and] the Calvin Johnson play from a couple of years ago," says Giants owner John Mara. “I think all of us agree that those should be completions. So let's write the language to make them completions.”
But that doesn’t mean they are close to a clear-cut rule because one
catch Roger Goodell specifically directed the committee to study is Steelers tight end Jesse James’s game winning TD was ruled incomplete against the Patriots in Week 15.
And the committee is divided on that one.
No rush, the season doesn’t start til September, well after the competition committee will make proposals to owners at league meetings in late March.
Maybe Vegas should set April 1st as the over-under whether they will have a new rule by then.
I’ll take the over.
Source: Sporting News