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About Time NFL Overtime Rules Changed

What the heck took them so long? The NFL has been around since the 1920s but it took them 90 years to come up with a fair overtime system. The League announced that the rules for overtime will be different in the 2010-2011 season, although as of right now it will only apply to postseason play. I still want to see changes for all games like we said a month ago, but for now, some change is better than none.

The new change says both teams will have an opportunity to possess the football unless the first team scores a touchdown. Although it’s not the change I’d like to see, at least it’s something. I’m the type of person who likes to see teams battle it out in overtime. If I were NFL commissioner I’d tell the owners that this new rule is an improvement but it still sucks and they should follow my suggestion: the same rules should apply as if you were coming back from halftime. One team will have to kick the ball off and obviously the other return it. Overtime will be played just like any other quarter except this is your last chance. The first team to score seven or more points will be declared winner of the game and it should be for regular season games too.

Yup, that’s how I’d do it. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of the whole one-and-done field goal scoring; I want to see touchdowns in overtime. I want to see hardcore defense so frightening that even while I’m protected by a television set I’m still left shaking. While I’m happy that the NFL is changing its rule I feel that it still needs more tweaking. Thankfully the League has shown they will be proactive with the matter and the new system should provide for more interesting football. For playoff games for now.

Sources:
Proposal to change OT rules in playoff games passed by 28-4 vote [NFL.com]


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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Goodell kept stressing that they will continue to explore the possibility of changing the rules for the regular season too, so you may get your wish. I appreciate that they’ve been proactive with this topic instead of being too reactive.

    The one downside to your proposal is that some games are so low-scoring and some teams are so pathetic that waiting for a team to win by a touchdown in overtime could take several quarters. Remember that Eagles/Raiders game that ended in a tie? I just don’t think it’s feasible to demand all overtime games end in a TD. The only aspect of the rule I dislike is that the game ends if the first team scores a touchdown; I’d like both teams to be guaranteed a possession.

  • Kevin/Indianapolis

    My solution for playoff overtime is simple and fair. First of all, the coin flip for determining which team kicks off to begin the game is fine. The coin flip should never have been used for an overtime period.

    If the teams are tied at the end of regulation, the ball should stay where it is when the clock hits 0:00. Keep playing until there is a winner. Both teams have had enough time in 60 minutes to score and control the ball. First team to score wins. That’s it.

  • Kevin/Indianapolis

    That’s a fair “sudden death”.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown
  • SpinMax

    Ive been for the two possession OT for a long time…but this modified touchdown ender works for me.

    Now they just have to CHANGE REPLAY and have 2 officials in the box quickly reviewing every play like in college. Enough of the current crap. People at home can see what happened long before the guys on the field do currently. I could call an official on my cell and tell him the guy was out of bounds before he even gets over to the coach throwing the flag

  • Kevin/Indianapolis

    Thanks. Ha! I thought you’d like it.