Packers players admitted they thought there would be second overtime

Here’s something that will shock you: Some NFL players still don’t know the overtime rules.

The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings game ended in a 26-26 tie on Sunday at Lambeau Field. According to Sports Illustrated NFL writer Robert Klemko, some Packers players admitted they thought there would be a second overtime:

Andrew QuarlessKlemko later quoted tight end Andrew Quarless as saying he thought there would be another overtime period.

“I thought we was gonna go to another overtime. I never knew,” he said, per Klemko.

Quarless now joins the infamous list of NFL players who don’t know the overtime rules, which is headed by Donovan McNabb, who infamously said after his Eagles played the Raiders to a tie in 2008 that he didn’t realize that was possible.

The NFL changed the overtime rules for the playoffs in 2010. The rule change was that playoff games could not if the team that receives the ball kicks a field goal. That rule was adopted for the regular season last year. Though playoff games do not end in ties, as we have seen, regular-season games can.

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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.

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

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.

Donovan McNabb Didn’t Know There Were Ties, Cost His Team?

One of the more embarrassing games in the NFL this year occurred on Sunday in Cincinnati where the Bengals and Eagles played to a 13-13 tie. Neither team was able to score in the overtime period, resulting in the game being called as a tie — the first in the NFL since 2002. Last month I thought the Raiders/Jets game was heading to a tie until Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 57-yarder with his donkey boot. Perhaps Sunday’s game between the Eagles and Bengals would have ended differently had a certain key player on a certain team actually been aware of the NFL regular season rules. Let’s let Donovan McNabb share his thoughts after the game:

“I’ve never been a part of a tie,” McNabb said. “I never even knew that was in the rule book. It’s part of the rules and we have to go with it. I was looking forward to getting the opportunity to get out there and try to drive to win the game. But, unfortunately, with the rules, we settled with a tie.”

“In college, there are multiple overtimes, and in high school and Pop Warner. I never knew in the professional ranks it would end that way. I hate to see what would happen in the Super Bowl and the playoffs.”

And in case you’re wondering whether or not McNabb was being facetious, you can catch a glimpse of the video to see how matter-of-fact he was when he made that statement. Have they not seen the end of the season when teams are fighting for playoff spots and they say “A win plus a ___ loss or tie would send them to the playoffs?” That’s how I knew ties occurred. Plus, a tie last occurred in 2002 when McNabb was in the league. Maybe someone from the Eagles coaching staff should have made them realize that there wasn’t going to be a second overtime. Perhaps they would have tried slightly harder to make something happen if they knew it was a “now or never” situation. That knowledge might have helped. Just guessing.