Bill Belichick doesn’t like how overtime is currently set up. He’s not a big fan of the latest proposal to change overtime either.
“I like the rules of the game as they are in regulation,” Belichick told Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston Monday. “I think that’s the way it should be in overtime, but that’s not
the way it is. So whatever it is, it is.”
To make sure our Belichick translator was correct, we asked Reiss to confirm what that meant exactly. Reiss pointed out what Belichick said to him back in 2007.
“Football is a game that is played to the final gun,” Belichick said then. “There is a lot of strategy at the end of the game — you’re
protecting a lead, conserving time to get the ball back, and that all
gets eliminated from the game in overtime.”
One option would be to play half a quarter. Both teams should get the ball in that scenario.
“The way it is now, you’re playing for field position and the score,
and you lose that end-of-game strategy. I think that strategy is part
of the intrigue that football brings.”
It’s a convincing argument and one we’re surprised has never gotten very far as an alternative.