According to ProFootballTalk.com, the NFL will consider getting rid of the tuck rule this coming offseason.
Dean Blandino, the league’s director of officiating, said in a video distributed to the media that the NFL’s Competition Committee plans to review the tuck rule, which was made famous on January 19, 2002, when an apparent Tom Brady fumble was overturned to an incomplete pass, paving the way for the Patriots to beat the Raiders en route to New England’s first Super Bowl title.
“This is going to be part of a bigger discussion in the offseason of QB pass/fumbles and the tuck rule with the Competition Committee,” Blandino said. “This will be discussed in the offseason.”
The tuck rule really is a joke and needs to be abolished. There’s simply too much judgement involved in the rule. If a quarterback can’t hold onto the ball while his arm is going forward, it should be a fumble, it’s as simple as that.