Goodell believes overtime rule will be changed for regular season

Already, many indications have emerged suggesting that the NFL will bootstrap Tuesday’s adoption of modified sudden death overtime for the postseason into a rule that applies during the regular season.

On Wednesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked whether the change will be made.

“I think it will be,” he said. 

“I think what we’d like to do is continue to analyze it and go back and talk to our players about it also and we’ll discuss it again,” Goodell added.  “There is the potential it will come up.  There was a strong consensus for expanding it into the regular season.”

We discussed earlier today the challenges presented by adopting the new rule for the regular season.  In a nutshell, the games potentially will be longer, the NFLPA will likely be more opposed to the move, and there will be more ties.

Still, the fact that the owners were able to push through the rule for the playoffs makes it more likely that they’ll push the rule through for the regular season, too.

22 responses to “Goodell believes overtime rule will be changed for regular season

  1. As much as I dislike the rule change, they should do it for the regular season if they’re going to do it at all.
    The best part about this rule is that it doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings and their whiney-assed fans didn’t win that game. Expect the Vikings to get their own asses bitten by the Brett Favre Rule. Let’s face it. You can’t be a truly great QB without your own rule. Brady has the tuck rule, right? Manning best get himself a rule if he wants to be significant!

  2. Love the rule change. Calls for strategy and devalues kickers.
    If they ruled out FG’s altogether in OT, I’d be happy as a clam.

  3. Joke. Joke, joke joke… Play 4 qters and then sudden death. This is a joke. Might as well have smoke breaks at the end of the 3rd quarter too while were here acting like panseys….
    JOKE

  4. It is not likely that this new rule will result in significantly more ties. The only additional ties will be games where the receiving team kicks a field goal, the other team kicks a field goal on the very next drive, and there is no other scoring. Not likely to be a frequent occurrence.

  5. I loved that league where two guys would face off for the ball at center field – They would charge each other and fight for the ball instead of a coin flip – Pretty funny.

  6. Another useless rule to abide by!!! Fix the CBA so we can have football next year, & quit wasting effort on things that should be left alone!!! Take out the Tom Brady tuck rule if you’re going to change things!!!

  7. Brady aslo has tackling at a QB at the knees rule. They even named it after him. The most babied QB in history. 🙂
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    Other Bears says:
    March 24, 2010 3:20 PM
    Let’s face it. You can’t be a truly great QB without your own rule. Brady has the tuck rule, right? Manning best get himself a rule if he wants to be significant!

  8. Well now that the rule change might be made for the regular season, the Lions have a chance to be effected by it!

  9. WHAT….the OT rules changed??? When did this happen? If you could go ahead and make a new post about this topic, say…. every effing 20 minutes, that would be greeeeeaaaaaaaaatttttttt, thanks

  10. You guys that are so passionately lamenting this change crack me up. “You mean this rule will force teams to actually play MORE football? Oh, no! Why would fans enjoy that?”

  11. This rule change of football tradition by this NYC shyster lawyer where he now has in effect DEVALUED what a field goal is worth is vbery similar in how another NYC shyster lawyer Gary Bettman of the NHL devaluated what a win used to be worth over a loss – i.e. used to be worth 2 points MORE than a loss but now is worth only one point more than some losses which then are used in the final NHL standings.
    About all recent complaints of the fans on how these rules’ wording, i.e. – “all the way thru the catch after going to the ground”, etc. – all of them purposely written in an unclear way by these shyster lawyers who have seized control of all pro sports.
    And they will kill the golden goose!

  12. About time that old OT rule sucked. I had no problem with sudden death overtime, but not by a field goal. Always thought a team should have to score a TD to win in sudden death.

  13. the NFLPA needs to grow a pair, this becomes an issue of extending games, which becomes a players safety issue,…as in what happens IF a player suffers a season ending injury while playing in this extended overtime??? IF this horseshit commisioner & these owners spent this much time trying to fix the CBA instead of trying appease media b#tches like Mike Florio & Mike Greenburg who talk about the overtime rule being “UNFAIR”, maybe this game would be better off.

  14. How the heck is this unfair to either team? The team winning the coin toss still chooses whether to take the ball first or kick off—I believe you’ll probably see teams do both. Under the old system, I can’t remember a team ever deciding not to take the ball first, since your odds of driving 30-35 yds to score a FG were obviously better than having to stop a team from doing so.
    The most important thing is that it devalues the coin flip as a determinant in the game outcome, where given the 30yd kickoff rule, it had become too big of a factor.

  15. jparitzky says:
    March 24, 2010 4:29 PM………
    This person above me…… Is the biggest loser that has ever walked. This rule is amazing. I am friends with some NFL players and they love the rule. Stick to being worthless and creating fan clubs to overturn rules. Continue the boring life you lead to create such idiotic clubs. Fall down somewhere…
    Signed My a-s-s on your face!

  16. I hate these fans that are too stupid to like and or understand the rules.
    You just flaunt your lack of IQ and ignorance talking sh1t on it.
    THese are the same groups of dummies who were probably against instant replay / review.
    Same dummies who were against the 2 point conversion.
    Same dummies against the any new rules.
    Dumb americans who hate change, regardless of logic. Its a better rule. Get over it.

  17. dibens says: March 24, 2010 6:13 PM
    jparitzky says:
    March 24, 2010 4:29 PM………
    This person above me…… Is the biggest loser that has ever walked. This rule is amazing. I am friends with some NFL players and they love the rule. Stick to being worthless and creating fan clubs to overturn rules. Continue the boring life you lead to create such idiotic clubs. Fall down somewhere…
    Signed My a-s-s on your face!
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    Dibens, if you had taken the time to read that post, you’d have detected the satire.
    Your post is kind of funny too though, in that you’re not trying to be humorous but I’m still sitting here laughing at you.

  18. It may. However, the only situation which would be a tie under the new rules and not under the old rules would be a FG each in OT (a scoreless OT would have been a tie under the old rules). In this case it’s hard to argue that the first team should have been awarded a victory simply because they got the ball first.

  19. as part of the new OT rules, will goddell teach the refs to do the “phantom coin toss” …the way he did, when he claimed that’s how he decided that the Giants could open the new stadium?

  20. Dibens, you’re not a very smart person. That post was simply a parable of the US heathcare debate. The satire couldn’t have been any more clear. Do you actually think I would create an organization called “Americans against overtime reform”?

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