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Lions will support changing overtime for regular season

NFL owners could vote next week to modify the overtime rules for the 2010 regular season, something they’ve already done for next year’s playoffs. Count Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford as one who will support making the change.

Tom Kowalski of MLive.com reports that the Lions will vote in favor of the rule change, which would allow the team winning the coin toss to win the game on the first possession only by scoring a touchdown, not by kicking a field goal.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz has said he thinks that if overtime rules are going to change, they should change for all games, rather than having different rules for the regular season and the playoffs.

Using the same rationale, two of the four teams that voted against changing the overtime rules for the playoffs — the Bengals and Vikings — have said that now that the rules have been changed, they should be changed for the regular season as well.

That argument makes a lot of sense, and it would make a lot of sense for the owners to adopt uniform overtime rules next week.

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25 Responses to “Lions will support changing overtime for regular season”
  1. egypt123 says: May 20, 2010 2:17 PM

    How about supporting the initiative to get your lame-azz team off the Thanksgiving schedule??? That would benefit the game greatly.

  2. JaggedMark says: May 20, 2010 2:18 PM

    The flagship/gold standard franchise of the NFL (The Detroit Lions) will lead the way to consistent overtime rules.
    The movement is in good hands.

  3. certaincoachditka says: May 20, 2010 2:24 PM

    I bet there are a lot of changes regarding winning that Lions would like to change.

  4. Lex Luger says: May 20, 2010 2:25 PM

    We’ll take the wind.
    We’ll take the wind.

  5. AirlineGuy says: May 20, 2010 2:25 PM

    It WOULD make sense, so we know it won’t happen.

  6. showtime says: May 20, 2010 2:30 PM

    I didnt know the lions got a vote

  7. HarrisonHits says: May 20, 2010 2:31 PM

    “That argument makes a lot of sense, and it would make a lot of sense for the owners to adopt uniform overtime rules next week.”
    Therefore there is almost no chance they will do so.

  8. SATAN567 says: May 20, 2010 2:32 PM

    If the Lions support something, its probably enough the scare the rest of the league into supporting any opposing opinion. Except maybe the Raiders… and the Rams. They’ll follow suit.

  9. _ROCKSTAR_ says: May 20, 2010 2:35 PM

    Its gay!
    Its sudden death overtime. With the scoring a TD to win… a field goal the other team gets a chance. You might as well play another whole quarter or half as for as that goes.
    I don’t buy this “win the coin toss win the game” BS. There are 11 guys on Defense, how about stop the damn team from scoring! Takes Defense out of the game with a rule change.
    If you were not good enough to win the game in regulation why prolong the game even more by giving a knucklehead a so called fair shot at winning? How about this… we give a lombardy at the end of each season to every team, so that way everyone wins.

  10. mama tried says: May 20, 2010 2:36 PM

    “How about supporting the initiative to get your lame-azz team off the Thanksgiving schedule??? That would benefit the game greatly.”
    hahahhahahah…..
    OR make the lions game on Turkey day the late one…… right about the time the tryptophan is kicking in for our naps!

  11. Bob says: May 20, 2010 2:41 PM

    Even more reason for overtime to stay the way it was.

  12. severs28 says: May 20, 2010 3:16 PM

    faulkn22
    You are right. The Lions do tend to have “clean” players. You rarely hear of them getting in trouble. The last I can really think of was Jordan Dizon getting a DUI, but that was before they drafted him. They may lose…alot, but at least they try to do it the right way.

  13. Dave says: May 20, 2010 3:18 PM

    @_ROCKSTAR_ – you don’t have to “buy” the “win the coin toss, win the game” argument, just look up the stats. Ever since they moved the kickoff back to the 30, something like 60% of OT games are won by the team that wins the cointoss. And the vast majority are won by a field goal. Which means that the offense only has to drive 40 yards or so to win the game. This, IMHO, is an excellent idea and needs to be expanded to include the regular season as well.

  14. JaggedMark says: May 20, 2010 3:33 PM

    No more picking on the Lions. They aren’t even the worst team in the NFC North.
    The worst team in the NFC North is “Da Bears”

  15. cromartie says: May 20, 2010 3:43 PM

    I’m shocked the old man sobered up enough to form an opinion on the matter, one way or another.

  16. _ROCKSTAR_ says: May 20, 2010 3:50 PM

    @ Dave –
    Oh so we don’t need to line up 11 men on Defense anymore? You also have to have a Kicking team to kick FG’s? they are all mute now then?

  17. bronco_TD says: May 20, 2010 4:04 PM

    The rule should be changed for the regular season too. I like the idea of sudden death in overtime, but never could stand the coin-toss option to start it. The new rule isn’t perfect, but it’s better.
    Quote: You may as well play another whole quarter…
    I don’t understand this sentiment at all. The new rule retains a lot of the sudden death aspect of overtime. A whole extra quarter is too much and could still end up in a tie.
    Quote: Takes Defense out of the game with a rule change.
    The defense will still be just as big a part of the game. This will only eliminate ending a hard-fought tie game with a coin-toss and a 40-yd drive by whichever team is lucky enough to win a coin toss.
    Quote: If you were not good enough to win the game in regulation
    In an overtime game neither team was good enough to win in regulation. Why should one team have the right to win an evenly-matched game based on a coin-toss and a 40-yd drive for a FG.
    Fans will enjoy the new format more—by far the most important reason to change it—as more emphasis will be placed on the play on the field and not on the results of a coin toss.

  18. Cake Or Death says: May 20, 2010 4:11 PM

    Detroit hasn’t been overrun by the Orcs from Mordor yet?

  19. shadowman1433 says: May 20, 2010 4:31 PM

    Since the Lions score such few touchdowns I doubt that they would ever need this rule.

  20. Nard100 says: May 20, 2010 4:42 PM

    I heard they also support 18 game seasons and 6, pre-seasons and hosting a Halloween game. They seem to support everything but their fans with decent team.

  21. FiveFiveNine says: May 20, 2010 6:10 PM

    [Obligatory Marty Mornhinweg joke.]

  22. trickbunny says: May 20, 2010 6:11 PM

    Instead of a toin coss, they should do it the way the XFL decided who gets the ball. Pit the fastest player on each team against each other in a race to the ball at mid-field. Whoever gets to it first gets 1st OT possession.
    No, I’m not serious, wiseasses.

  23. trickbunny says: May 20, 2010 6:12 PM

    Did I say “toin coss”? I meant “shama lama ding dong”.

  24. panteraphenomenon says: May 21, 2010 9:31 AM

    haha it doesnt matter it wont have any impact towards them.

  25. thetruthhurts says: May 21, 2010 12:51 PM

    One interesting thing this new rule would bring up is the first overtime kickoffs.
    There is only one good way to break an end-of-regulation tie in football.
    Sudden death is no good. Both teams need a chance at possession.
    The new rule is no good. It’s just an incoherent mess.
    What they need to do is play the whole 15:00 of overtime. Someone will win or the game will officially end in a tie like it does now.
    It might even change the “playing for overtime” mindset. If you knew you were in for 15 more minutes if you didn’t score the go-ahead TD it would definitely make you think twice about playing it safe with 2:30 to go.
    I know it’s a lot of wear and tear. But it’s the only legitimately fair way to let the teams on the field decide the outcome.

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