Goodell defends NFL officials

Commissioner Roger Goodell has come out in defence of NFL officiating this season, but admits that changes need to be made to help those running the game on the field of play.

There have been many poor calls during the season so far but Goddell spent the majority of his 20-minute news conference at the December League Meeting in Irving, Texas to discuss steps in clarifying 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 added that "no stone will be left unturned" in the NFL's attempts to improve how games are officiated, adding that such a topic had been discussed with owners in Irving.

Goodell was also asked if measures would be taken to improve the controversial catch 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."

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