Proposed pass interference rule change gains steam at competition committee meeting
A proposal that would dramatically alter the NFL’s pass interference rules gained momentum this week during competition committee meetings, according to league executive vice president Troy Vincent.
The NFL competition committee has recommended that a completed catch be established via three elements — control, in bounds and a football move.
Vincent declined to handicap the rule’s chances of passage but said: It will get healthy discussion, and you just never know what will happen on the [voting] floor.
In addition to a revised catch rule, Vincent said the competition committee will also endorse several other proposals, including:
The authority for senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron to eject a player who has been penalized for a non-football act during a game. Riveron would make the decision in real time from the league’s centralized officiating office in New York City.
My favorite Tom Brady pass didn’t result in a touchdown. It wasn’t even a completion. And yet, the throw became an exemplar of not only his entire career but his claim for immortality. It occurred with 19 seconds left in Super Bowl XLII against the Giants. The Patriots were technically still perfect, still 18-0, but now they trailed 17-14 and faced a third-and-20 from their own 16-yard line. Brady took the shotgun snap and rolled right.
The sight of Brady on the move with so much at stake showed how far he had come. Brady has always been a paradoxical athlete, at once stellar enough out of California’s Junipero Serra High to be both drafted by the Montreal Expos and awarded a football scholarship at Michigan, yet awkward when doing anything other than throwing a football. But Brady’s genius has always been his unwavering refusal to concede: to genetics, to reason and, mostly, to the popular notion that he collects scars. His motivation has always been internal. And to transcend his limitations, he first had to accept them — to understand, for instance, why he’d been a sixth-round pick rather than complain about it.
He knew this from a young age. In a high school interview, Brady admitted that he needed to get faster, so he adapted a drill and created something called the Five Dots — a hopscotch, of sorts — that Serra High still uses. That interview clip could easily have been in Tom vs. Time, the recent web-based reality show that testifies to his unending grind at age 40.