Decide What a Catch Is
Do you need to make a football move? Does a hand not count as a player being down but a part of his butt does?
The list goes on and on of the confusing ways a player can (or cannot) catch a football in the NFL. There has to be a better way of explaining it, probably using common sense would be a good start, but football games have been won and lost because of counter-intuitive / BS rules that seemingly make zero sense.
Get Players to Go Back to Practicing Actual Fundamentals
This is another player safety commentary; everyone complains about late hits and unnecessary roughness, but getting players to return to tackling properly would most likely curb many of the chronic injuries plaguing players later in their career.
Tackle with your head in front, don’t use your helmet as a weapon, and tackle through, not to the guy (no arm tackling), and we’d see a more wholesome sport … opposed to absolute chaos.
Finally Decide What a Fumble Is
The ground can’t cause a fumble but a player can? An elbow counts as a part of your body but a hand doesn’t?
It would behoove the NFL to just require a football player to possess the ball through the whistle -- at the very least, create some uniformity that doesn’t require them to go to the puppet show (review booth) every 5 plays because the very idea of possessing a football is still a gray area.
Have the Refs Stop Calling Pass Interference Every Other Play
We get the league wants to appeal more towards offense to make the game feel more exciting, but does every other play have to be stopped because a little nickel and diming and/or a jersey pull?
At the very least call it both ways -- when the ball is in the air that ball belongs to the defense as much as it does the offense.