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.