Even Roger Goodell is confused by the NFL's catch rule

AN OCT. 15 2017 FILE

To that end, Goodell said, a group of players, coaches and officials met at the NFL's offices in NY in recent weeks, spending about three hours studying approximately 150 plays to attempt to determine what should and shouldn't be ruled a legal catch.

"We have to make sure we continue to get exposure for them and make sure they get the opportunities", Goodell said.

"It's really remarkable that they're going for their third Super Bowl in four years in this kind of a system", said Goodell, who met with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft before his presser. "I think here you might have clarity in a large element of it but what happens is that it's not the rule that people want".

"I think our focus is going to continue on building the platforms that the owners and players spend a great deal of time with unprecedented dialogue creating those platforms all season long". I think we've got to look at the rule itself as, is it accomplishing what we want? I think that's what we're focusing on.

Competition committee members have studied the catch rule annually and have tweaked the wording of it. "How we bring clarity". "And I hope we will be able to address this in a way that will bring more clarity and frankly more excitement to this".

"I don't see him changing that perspective."

The poll that Goodell is referring to was conducted in 2016 by the Washington Post and surveyed 504 Native Americans.

The statement said in part, "Cleveland's decision should finally compel the Washington football team to make the same honorable decision. As a Native American, do you find that name offensive, or doesn't it bother you?"

Asked whether the league would consider a policy of keeping players in the locker room during the anthem next season, Goodell replied: "I don't know what we'll consider in the offseason".

"Washington owner Dan Snyder needs to look at Cleveland's move and then look in the mirror and ask whether he wants to be forever known as the most famous purveyor of bigotry in modern sports, or if he wants to finally stand on the right side of history and change his team's name".

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