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NFL Should Adapt Overtime Proposal for All Games

The NFL has finally wised up and realized the current overtime system is flawed. Nearly 70% of teams that win the coin flip preceding the extra quarter elect to receive the ball and wind up winning the game in sudden death. Does that sound like a fair way to determine a winner of a game that was played to an equal tie for 60 minutes prior to the flip? Not at all. Of course it’s taken years to finally get to this point, but it looks like the NFL is exploring the idea of modifying and improving the current overtime system.

The proposal says that each team will have at least one possession. If the game is tied after each team has it once, then they keep playing in a sudden-death fashion. Now all of a sudden, the same issues that govern the four quarters of a full game apply in overtime — turnovers, field position, offense, defense and special teams. In the current system, all you need is to win a toss, go about 45 yards, and make a field goal to win. The only flaw in the new proposal is that the system would be solely applied to the postseason; it should be applied to all games. I’m pleased the NFL is listening to criticism and looking at ways to improve what already is the country’s most popular sport. Let’s see them enact it now.

UPDATE: I didn’t realize that the current proposal doesn’t guarantee a possession for each team if the first team scores a TD. That’s an improvement, but not completely what I’m looking for. I want to see each time have it once.



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  • Kevin/Indianapolis

    It’s not the most popular sport with me, and without gambling, it wouldn’t be the most popular in the nation, either. The main reason that games are won more often by the team winning the coin flip is because the kickoff line was moved to the 30 yard line in the mid-1990′s. Before that, only about 1/4 of the overtime games were won on the 1st possession. If the NFL is going to tinker with overtime, they should make it a “first team to score six wins” scenario. Or simply move the kickoff line up to the 40 to begin overtime. I support either of these proposals.

  • SpinMax

    NFL rules I’d like to see:

    1. rookie salary scale for the 1st two rounds of the draft. If you hold out despite being offered a max deal, you will lose value on it.

    2. each team gets the ball once in overtime. The only problem I can imagine is if one team has the ball for a 14min drive and the other team has 1 min left. I suppose if this actually occurred the rule could be the time continues while the team is on it’s 1st drive, after that – tie game.

    3. each team gets 1 challenge, instant replay is like college where every play is viewed.
    It takes 5 mins for an NFL replay! the refs discuss, then the coach throws the flag, then the coach argues it…then they walk to the sidelines, review it for 90 seconds, then meet to discuss the result of the review, then walking off and announcing it…. ridiculous!!!!
    Most college replays they buzz down, ref jogs to the phone, is told the guy caught or didn’t catch it as the play was -already- reviewed, then makes the change. Only takes a couple mins most of the time.

    4. if a WR catches the ball, drags his feet, hits the ground, it’s a catch. none of this 100% controlling the ball while hitting the ground garbage. at that point it’s already a catch.

    5. this used to be where I said there should be a penalty for spiking or throwing the ball when not a TD. 1st off it’s stupid. 2nd it delays the game as the ref has to chase the ball down or go to the sidelines for a new one. love this rule!