NFL officiating has been under a bright spotlight this season, and not for positive reasons.
On Wednesday at the December League Meeting in Irving, Texas, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spent a chunk of his 20-minute news conference discussing steps to be taken as the league attempts to evolve its officiating and clarify the rulebook.
"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."
Goodell said "no stone will be left unturned" in the quest to improve how games are officiated, adding that the topic had been discussed with owners in Irving. NFL Media's Judy Battista singled out the ever-confounding catch rule, and asked Goodell if measures will be taken to improve the rule.
"The answer to that is yes. 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.
"We want clarity to that. We want to find a better solution if it's out there."