Richard Sherman: Let Randy Moss and Jerry Rice Determine the Catch Rule

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Updated: March 20, 2016
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Seahawks CB Richard Sherman is no stranger to letting the world know how he feels. Just ask him and you’re bound to get an earful.

Recently on Sportscenter Sherman was asked about the NFL commissioner Roger Goddell and how he feels about the new catch rule. Sherman was blunt in saying that Goddell was just a suit and never played the game. He then went on to a more interesting topic and that is the NFL’s constant changing of the catch rule.

Richard suggested that the NFL should elect a panel of Hall of Fame receivers such as Jerry Rice and Randy Moss determine the rule. This makes sense because…. they only caught more passes than everybody.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has never had a problem voicing his opinion, and during a SportsCenter interview with ESPN’s Jim Trotter on Sunday, he took aim at commissioner Roger Goodell.

Back in February, Goodell recommended a rule that would result in ejections for players who committed two personal fouls during the course of a game. Sherman ripped the idea behind the proposal.

“I think it’s foolish,” he said. “But it sounds like something somebody who’s never played the game would say, something that they would suggest, because he doesn’t understand. He’s just a face. He’s just a suit. He’s never stepped foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul.”

Sherman was recently elected to the NFLPA executive committee and has previously served as the Seahawks’ union representative.

He was also asked why the rules governing what a catch is have generated so much controversy.

“Because you’ve got a bunch of suits doing it,” Sherman said. “Like I said before, you don’t have a bunch of guys … let Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin talk about it for about 20, 30 minutes. Maybe Cris Carter. Randy Moss, let those guys have a roundtable discussion about what a catch should be and come up with a rule.

“I guarantee you it’d be more effective than the rule they have now because those are the pass-catchers. Those are some of the best pass-catchers we’ve had. I think it’d be more straightforward and to the point. You’ve got a bunch of guys who have never played. They’ve probably touched a football to hold it out or to shake somebody’s hand, to take a picture, but they’ve never played the game.”

What do you think? Should the NFL get a receiver’s panel going to determine what is a catch? Or should things just continue to be determined by the suits?