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Doug Marrone as confused as the rest of us on what's a catch


Perhaps it's not a surprise in a league where math like "one knee equals two feet" is used, but the definition of what is and what isn't a catch in the NFL stumps just about everyone.

Including Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone.

"I struggle sometimes," Marrone said today, following his team's 23-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "I'd love for someone to tell me what the definition of a catch is."

Marrone was left scratching his head after Marquise Goodwin appeared to haul in a 40-yard bomb from Jeff Tuel midway through the fourth quarter. Goodwin went to the ground at the Buffalo 46-yard line with Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers on top of him.

"The quarterback made a great throw. We just battled all the way to the ground for the ball and I won on that play," Flowers said.

Marrone thought otherwise, believing the Chiefs' player knocked the ball away from Goodwin after the receiver had caught the pass and been tackled.

"I thought it was a catch all the way," said Marrone, who fell to 0 for 4 on the season on challenges. "He bounced once and he had it. Second time he bounced, he didn't. I was told that the first time he bounced that he lost the ball."

Goodwin put it upon himself to leave no doubt.

"I thought I made the catch, but that's not my job to rule
it a complete pass or incomplete pass. My job is to go out there and make plays
and leave no doubt," Goodwin said. "So next time I just need to secure it and
come up with the ball and hand it to the ref."

  • Tinyarch

    It seems it depends on your position in the league, (again if your Buffalo it will go against you personal opinion)

  • Andrew Y

    That wasn't a catch. Sorry. Huge Bills fan and this loss was horrific but anyone who thought that was a catch has Homer Simpson glasses on.

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