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The “Calvin Johnson Rule” Won’t Be Coming to a Field Near You in 2011

Pro Football Talk reports that the NFL Competition Committee has decided to not amend the rules around the play that caused a lot of talk in week one – the Calvin Johnson no-catch near the end of the Bears win over the Lions that drew a lot of ire around the NFL.

The NFL’s Competition Committee has decided not to amend the current rules about maintaining possession throughout a catch. This rule exploded onto the scene in Week 1 when Calvin Johnson’s apparent game-winning catch was overturned on replay. The committee has decided that changing the rule would be too hard to officiate. “The reason it’s not a catch is you’ve got to control the ball when you hit the ground. It makes it easier to officiate. It’s a bright line that you can draw,” said committee member John Mara. The official on Johnson’s play had a perfect view of the call, and signaled a touchdown. The play was a clear catch to anyone watching the game, so it appears we’re headed for another season of confusion.


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