IRVING, Texas -- Since Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant's catch at the goal line in Dallas' playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers last January was overturned, what is or isn't a catch has been difficult to define.
It's been such an issue that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reached out to those outside the game for help. Goodell said the league will look to improve the rule of what is -- or isn't -- a catch.
"The Competition Committee has looked at that, but I'll go one step further with you: A couple weeks ago, I asked several football personnel, including former GMs, current GMs, current individuals, former players, former officials, to come together and try to see if we can study this and come up with some proposals for the Competition Committee to consider," Goodell said at the conclusion of Wednesday's owners meeting outside Dallas. "We want clarity to that. We want to find a better solution if it's out there."
The quality of officiating this season has been an almost weekly topic, from timing errors to procedural errors that have affected the outcomes of games.
"I think our officials do an extraordinary job," Goodell said. "I think what we see now through technology is, we see things we could never see before. But I think what it does is it validates the quality of our officiating. We all recognize that officials are going to make mistakes. What we need to do is try to avoid those mistakes as much as possible, train them differently and improve the quality of the officiating and use technology to help them when a mistake does occur."