Goodell touts proposed overtime change

Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a press conference held in conjunction with the annual league meetings in Orlando, spoke out in support of the tweak in the overtime rules proposed by the Competition Committee.

The proposal would prevent the team that receives the kickoff in overtime during a playoff game from winning with only a field goal on the first drive.

He said it has the “potential to be a better system” than the long-time procedure used to resolve ties in postseason games, which permits sudden victory based on a first-drive field goal.  Goodell also said that he “loves the idea” of the sudden-death component to the proposed system, which can be resolved on any given play via a touchdown by the team that receives the kickoff or a turnover returned for a touchdown by the team that kicked off.

So will it pass?  At his pre-Super Bowl press conference, Goodell said regarding a new overtime system, “Don’t hold your breath.”  With a proposal on the agenda for this week’s meetings, he said, “I’m not holding my breath yet.”

And for good reason.  Even though the Competition Committee has endorsed the move, there’s a sense that the measure will not muster the required 24 votes.

19 responses to “Goodell touts proposed overtime change

  1. Wow! Breaking news!
    Florio wants the OT rules changed!
    This is the first I’m hearing of this *rolls eyes*

  2. “The proposal would prevent the team that receives the kickoff in overtime during a playoff game from winning with only a field goal on the first drive.”
    In that vein maybe we should ensure that all games are not decided by a kicker.

  3. A writer and a producer are wandering lost through the desert dying of thirst.
    Finally in the distance they see a beautiful, lush green oasis.
    As they get closer they see a crystal clear pool of water there.
    The writer runs up to it, falls to the ground, sticks his head in it and starts drinking.
    The producer walks up to it, unzips his pants and starts to pee in it.
    The writer says “What the hell are you doing?”
    And the producer says “I’m only trying to make it better!”

  4. And the first time some team scores a touchdown in overtime on the first possession, thereby denying Lord Favre his rightful ownership of the ball, we’ll be back here listening to people complain about how unfair the system is.

  5. Florio,
    If you have to change the rules (and you don’t – but there’s no sense beating a dead horse), why not do so in a manner that helps restore the traditional balance between offense and defense?
    Many articles have pointed out that the statistical shift in benefit to the team winning the toss is a recent phenomenon, coincident with the spate of rule changes favoring the offense. Why not just make a simple rule change for OT to favor the defense – say backing up the kickoff (or starting the flip-winner at his own 10 yard line)
    There is a sadly underappreciated argument not to mess with something that isn’t seriously broken, especially when there are real problems to fix.

  6. If we can pass health reform we can change the overtime rules too Florio! This is America, where anything is possible.
    Just don’t get all crazy and racist like those tea bagging idiots.

  7. Sorry, but maybe a team should be able to play some defense or, you know, actually SCORE MORE POINTS than the other team in regulation! What a freaking concept!
    And sorry…you can’t have all the stuff written about extra regular season games, head to head shots, etc. and then turn around and say it’s OK to play a LONGER overtime, because that puts their bodies at even greater risk for injury, given the fatigue factor.
    Overtime is fine, it’s been fine for decades, and if you just change where teams kickoff from, that will do a world of difference.

  8. Florio, will you please hold your breathe, for maybe five or ten minutes at least?

  9. This push to change OT is rediculous. Lots of owners and coaches are pissed cuz “Favre on the ground” didn’t get the ball in OT against the World Champion Saints. To me, they’re all making themselves look like fools because it was “Favre on the ground” that threw the interception that caused the game to end in Regulation play tied up……ha ha……i laugh in their face……the Saints are World champs you bunch of whiney cry babies…..get over it…..

  10. A bunch of people are throwing %’s around on these posts, but one I have yet to see is the exact % of games that are won on 1st possession FG’s…
    So I looked it up.
    Last season (reg & post combined) there were 15 games that went to overtime. 6 of them ended with 1st drive FG’s for the win. That’s 40%. So, more often than not, both teams possessed the ball. Right there we have an indication that the current system is not a major issue.
    But just to go a step deeper I also looked at each of these 6 games and saw that in 5 of them, the winning team put together a drive of 10 plays or more to get that FG. (NYG’s only needed 8)
    So the total percentage of games that were won with this – Kick return, penalty,FG – scenario that is being pushed so hard is…… 0%
    0%… Say it with me Mr. Florio… 0%
    Z-E-R-O!!!!!
    (All my stats are from the NFL.com scores page, and to the best of my knowledge are correct.)

  11. OT suggestion if it must be changed.
    Do away with the Point After try after each touchdown altogether in regulation and overtime. That would force teams to go for the two point conversion after each touchdown. They are alot harder to convert than PATs. This would result in less tied games at the end of regulation because what are the odds that both teams would convert all their two point trys. Keep field goals as is. You’d think that since this is an offense based league they would support this idea. It’s alot more exciting watching the two point conversions than it is to watch a kicker kick the ball through the uprights just a few yards away.

  12. Salem, you cant take away a part of the game strategy.
    the college system is a perfect way to solve this problem. WTF are they makin it difficult for.
    The problem is the TV markets control the NFL. They need to fit the games into the designated time slot. / owners love money. Thats why there are over 20 games a team has to play each year. *good teams anyway*
    & nice research Spic

  13. DoomsDayD75 says:
    March 22, 2010 2:34 PM
    If we can pass health reform we can change the overtime rules too Florio! This is America, where anything is possible.
    Just don’t get all crazy and racist like those tea bagging idiots.
    Not a tea bagger, but leave that shit out of this forum and stick to football.

  14. Another good OT suggestion from fellow fan daddyoscar.
    If the clock runs out in regulation and the game is tied, just extend play from right there. No coin flip at all. The team that has the ball at the end of regulation would just keep it and play on from their. They would have the ball because they earned it via a punt or after the opponents scored. So nobody could cry about not getting the ball after a coin toss. just think of all the excitement that this would produce. For example, if a team scores to tie the game in regulation with 1:30 left thay might opt to kick the onside kick rather than kick off becuase in reallity the other team would have more than the 1:30 left to come back and beat them. Another example, if a team is backed up against their own goal line when regulation runs out they will have to play themselves out of that mess rather than get a potential do over with a coin toss. I sure hope this idea grows legs. I like it alot.

  15. salmen76 says:
    March 22, 2010 4:03 PM
    Another good OT suggestion from fellow fan daddyoscar.
    If the clock runs out in regulation and the game is tied, just extend play from right there. No coin flip at all. The team that has the ball at the end of regulation would just keep it and play on from their. They would have the ball because they earned it via a punt or after the opponents scored. So nobody could cry about not getting the ball after a coin toss. just think of all the excitement that this would produce. For example, if a team scores to tie the game in regulation with 1:30 left thay might opt to kick the onside kick rather than kick off becuase in reallity the other team would have more than the 1:30 left to come back and beat them. Another example, if a team is backed up against their own goal line when regulation runs out they will have to play themselves out of that mess rather than get a potential do over with a coin toss. I sure hope this idea grows legs. I like it alot.
    ________________
    This is the first change to OT rules that I actually like and that makes sense. It is so much better than any other idea out there.
    It just goes to show how the moronic crowd pushing the college football-esque solution(including both NFL “analysts” and now, sadly, even NFL owners) are like those idiots in Congress. They have the best game in the world and they are just wetting their pants waiting to mess it up

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