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Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti predicts change to 'stupid' NFL catch rule

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti predicted a change to the NFL catch rule, which played a major factor in several games this season, including Super Bowl LII.

Asked about the definition of a catch, Bisciotti shook his head for a few seconds before answering.

"The whole thing is stupid," Bisciotti said at Friday's "State of the Ravens" news conference. " I heard Roger’s [Goodell] thing. I heard the whole objective/subjective thing. I agree with it. Start over. It’s just ridiculous."

The winning touchdown in the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 win over the New England Patriots was controversial because of the confusing rule.

When Zach Ertz scored an 11-yard touchdown with 2 minutes 21 seconds left in the game, it had to be determined whether the ball survived the ground (the ball popped in the air when he dove across the goal line) or whether he took enough steps to establish himself as a runner. The ruling on the field was confirmed, but some still wondered whether it was the correct call.

It was seven weeks ago when the Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on an overturned touchdown because of the catch rule. Jesse James' 10-yard, potential winning touchdown didn't hold up to replay after official Tony Corrente explained the ball shifted as James twisted his way into the end zone.

"I think sometimes things have to get really, really bad before there is change," Bisciotti said. "I bet you that there is going to be a significant change in that. A football move? I mean, how you can catch the ball, get both feet down, turn towards the end zone and start diving for it, and they say it’s not a football move? No. It’s stupid."

Bisciotti has long defended officials when asked about them throughout the years.

"It is such a hard job, they do such a good job, and yet we’re sitting there looking at five different HD camera angles, and then they’re changing some things, and I think it’s worse than it’s ever been," Bisciotti said.