Even after an exciting opening NFL Sunday, the ruling of Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson's end zone play is one of the hot-button topics.
To that end, I contacted NFL spokesman Greg Aiello to see if the league would possibly change the rule during the season or next offseason.
Aiello's response indicates there's no change in the offing.
"The Competition Committee discussed the rule extensively this past offseason," Aiello said, "and decided no change was warranted."
I'm sure the play is etched into everyone's mind: Johnson leapt high and plucked a pass from Shaun Hill over cornerback Zackary Bowman. He landed, with the front of his body facing the middle of the field, took two steps and fell to the turf near the back of the end zone. The problem, according to NFL rules, is that Johnson didn't fully control the ball since he had it with one hand and it popped out when it struck the ground.
Bears coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Jay Cutler suggested it was an easy call for the officials.
"I saw it exactly the way he did," Smith said of referee Gene Steratore. "Didn't really think they had to look at the replay for it."
Cutler, meanwhile, said officials highlighted that rule when they visited the Bears during training camp in Bourbonnais.
"Sorry for Calvin, good for us," Cutler said.