Surviving Sunday: Packers news, notes and links for the football deprived

When it comes to what is a catch and what isn't a catch in the NFL, many people suggest that we should simply use "common sense." Bruce Arians used that exact phrase when asked about fixing the NFL's catch rules at the NFL Combine this week.

Using "common sense" to "fix" things isn't limited to just the football field. We often hear the phrase in politics. Conservatives will tell you it's "common sense" to cut taxes for everyone. Liberals will tell you it's "common sense" to tax the rich. Gun control advocates say it's "common sense" to strengthen gun laws. The National Rifle Association says it's "common sense" to do otherwise.

Some Packers fans think it's "common sense" that Ted Thompson should sign more free agents. Others stand by draft and develop as the true "common sense" strategy.

I'll tell you it's "common sense" that Nickelback is the worst band ever. Whoever wrote this thinks it's "common sense" that the Dave Matthews Band is the worst band ever (it's probably a tie).   

It's easy to sit there, pound your fist on the table, and declare: "If only we used some common sense, (insert problem) wouldn't be such an issue!"

If only the world was that simple. 

I might be the only person on the planet who feels this way, but I like the NFL's catch rule the way it is. Catch the ball, get both feet down, and hold onto the damn thing as you hit the turf. Is it really that difficult to understand? Or interpret?

Some folks. like Arians, are lobbying to have a catch simply means you gain possession and have two feet on the ground. I say that's hogwash.

NFL rules have already been drastically skewed in favor of offenses over the years. Now we want to give offenses yet another advantage by making it easier to "complete" a catch? Even if we go with the possession and two-feet criteria, plenty of grey area will remain -- especially when trying to determine if a player actually had possession when both feet were down.

Completing a catch in the NFL should be difficult. I have no problem with the receiver needing to "complete the process," even if that process can be infuriating at times.

Make the catch. Gain possession. Maintain possession as you hit the ground.

Sorry Bruce Arians, but to me, the rule is already about as common sense as you can get.

Packers news, notes and links

  • Both Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy spoke at the NFL Combine this week. Instead of me summarizing what each had to say, you're better off just reading this summary of McCarthy's comments and this summary of Thompson's comments from CHTV's own Aaron Nagler, who is at the Combine and even sneaked in a few questions of his own. 
  • Later on in the week, Nagler even secured a one-on-one interview with McCarthy. The head coach of the Green Bay Packers speaking to an internet blog called "CheeseheadTV. Brings a tear of joy to my eye...
  • If you happen to wander away from CHTV looking for Combine info (shame on you), our friends over at Acme Packing Company are also at the Combine and providing some excellent coverage. Check it out here.
  • Mock drafts in February are probably the stupidest thing ever. Of course, that doesn't stop me from clicking on each and every one, seeing who the Packers picked, then getting angry that the Packers didn't pick someone else. Here's a mock draft from Freddie Boston at Lombardi Ave. that I found interesting.
  • Best of luck to Packers safety Sean Richardson as he tries to play again after another neck injury. I don't judge anybody who tries to continue living the dream of playing in the NFL, despite the obvious health risks that Richardson faces. Hopefully, he's getting the best medical advice possible and his health remains intact, whether he plays again or not.

Non-Packers links and other nonsense

  • When ESPN's John Clayton first covered the NFL Combine in 1990, he was one of only eight reporters at the event. This year, over 1,200 media credentials were issued. More tidbits about the evolution of the Combine can be read in this excellent column from Clayton.
  • I give the movie "Spotlight" five stars. This column from Martin Baron, editor of the Boston Globe when the newspaper was reporting on the Catholic church sex abuse cover-up, was also very interesting.
  • ​This is a worthwhile, but depressing, read about the world's best African American figure skater (who is now broke).
  • This isn't a link, but a mini-rant: I've been watching a lot of MLB Network lately and it's light years better than NFL Network. The talking heads on MLB Network typically have genuine insight to share and unique points of view. The programming is catered to baseball fans, both hardcore and casual. With NFL Network, there are too many talking heads whose only insight to offer is "I used to play in the NFL." NFL Network also tries too hard to attract non-football fans with fluff, thus alienating it's true audience base -- actual football fans. End rant.
  • Cancer update: This is the first week during this whole mess where, physically, i felt off. More can be read in this Caring Bridge update. To everyone who leaves a note of support in the comments section every Sunday: Thank you :)
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Tundraboy's picture

February 28, 2016 at 10:26 am

Adam, Hope you have on weeks from here on out.

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phillythedane's picture

February 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

I agree. Maintain possession all the way to the ground. Fairly simple, and is what ultimately led to the Dez catch not being a catch. There's nothing to fix.

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dobber's picture

February 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

I'm with you. At this stage, there is at least some standard of a catch, whether we agree with it or not. The judgement issue is far less now than a "common sense" catch standard would generate.

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EdsLaces's picture

February 28, 2016 at 11:44 am

Feel better man....In this current contact - free NFL it shouldn't be that hard to maintain posession. I mean the ground is the only thing that can jar the ball loose. The defender can't really hit you or anything...

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dobber's picture

February 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Really like the mock draft posted at the link above. I think many of those players will end up going higher, but the focus on the DL and LB positions is very important, and landing RB, WR and TE help is appealing, as well. In the end, I think we might see more OL help than is indicated by this mock, but I would be ecstatic if this is what the Packer draft looked like.

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croatpackfan's picture

February 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm

I wish you win in your game. Show the opponent you are the best!
And I agree with you regarding catch rule. For me, and I'm not native English speaker, that rule is clear. And I understand reluctant committee has to change anything about that rule. Because this rule is related to many other rules (fumbles, player safety, defenseless player rule etc.), and because it is very clear I vote to stay as it is.

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Me2777's picture

February 28, 2016 at 01:56 pm

Sorry to hear of your illness I hope you feel better soon. I will check out your Caring Bridge site. Just a warning to anyone checking your Caring Bridge site to not give money to that site if they want to help you. 100% of donated money goes to Caring Bridge not you. I learned this when I suffered an injury in September and someone started a fund raiser while on was in a coma.

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4thand1's picture

February 28, 2016 at 05:48 pm

I want the receiver from ND who ran the 4.32.

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4thand10's picture

February 29, 2016 at 01:46 am

Aside from the catch rule, when a player is already on the ground and you get a guy like friggin Peanut Tillman missing knocking the ball loose and as a result gut punching players should be a fine.....anyway...

.."Mock drafts in February are probably the stupidest thing ever. Of course, that doesn't stop me from clicking on each and every one, seeing who the Packers picked, then getting angry that the Packers didn't pick someone else"

LOL, I do this as well :-) As slow as most of the WR's this year...if I were the pack I would trade up for Hunter Henry, snatch a DL or 2 in case we want to be more versatile against running teams, sign Rolando McClain for ILB as an FA and use comp picks for the rest.

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RCPackerFan's picture

February 29, 2016 at 06:21 am

Adam, I hope your doing well. I Just wanted to wish you the best of luck with your treatments.

Keep fighting!

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