PFT Daily: Changing overtime for regular season presents challenges

In a landmark and fundamentally fair and correct vote, the NFL decided on Tuesday to change the overtime rule for the playoffs, scuttling the ability of a team to win the toss, drive into field-goal range, and win the game with a field goal.

The next question is whether the rule will apply to the regular season.

We think it should, but we also think that such a revision raises issues requiring careful thought and consideration.  We apply reckless thought and consideration to them in today’s PFT Daily.


10 responses to “PFT Daily: Changing overtime for regular season presents challenges

  1. “fundamentally fair and correct”
    Wow, so we are abandoning what shred of “objective journalism” could have once been mistakenly applied to your blogs, eh Favrio?

  2. I miss that dude that usually starts these off. He gives it that “polished” feel.
    Ladanian is a self-absorbed twit.

  3. I love the rule change and think it needs to be implemented in the regular season. I would rather it be tested out as early as possible and in a game NOT AS important as a playoff game.

  4. Another question should be raised since the only purpose for this rule change was NOT having an opening drive FIELD GOAL determine the outcome of an OVERTIME game.
    That question is why are FIELDGOALS even allowed to count for POINTS at anytime in any game?
    On NFL Network yesterday it was stated that in ONLY THREE OVERTIME PLAYOFF games ever did the team winning the coin toss kick a FIELDGOAL on the opening drive to win those THREE of all the OVERTIME PLAYOFF games ever played.
    From memory I can quickly recall these THREE PLAYOFF OVERTIMES
    1- Green Bay wins coin toss vs. Giants and Favre throws interception to Webster deep in Packers end and Giants kick FG to win it.
    2- Green Bay wins coin toss vs. Cardinals, Rodgers has ball taken from him by Dansby Cards win.
    3- Hasselback after winning coin toss with Seattle brags, “we won the toss and will score” – ball immediately gets intercepted off him for a TD.
    That’s just THREE opposite incidents that I myself remember which themselves equals ALL THE THREE TIMES it ever happened the other way.
    There was absolute no reason to change the overtime rule AND the stats the NFL gave out were both misleading or had no relevance to this situation.

  5. I guess everyone will be happy when the NFL resembles hockey with 3 or 4 ties on a teams record. This is ridiculous. I guess OT should exclude defense and special teams, no one seems to care if they do their job or not. They get paid too right?
    They are rewarding teams that can’t stop another from scoring and calling it fair? Teams have 4 quarters to settle the issue, after that, sudden death is best way to settle it. If you don’t like the OT rule (old), win the game in regulation, or does that matter any more.

  6. kire562000 –
    Not sure at ALL what you are talking about.
    The “facts” the NFL gave are indisputable, and HIGHLY relevant. And quite SIMPLE to understand really.
    Old stats with previous kickers and kicking location resulted in the team winning the toss winning the game approximately 5o% of the time. So, no big deal.
    With more accurate, stronger kickers and a kickoff location that results in stronger, longer kick returns, it tilted the results so that the team winning the Toss wins the game over 60% of the time.
    Not a “fundamentally fair” situation.
    So, what about that do you not understand?

  7. Why all this talk that the team losing the coin toss should have “won the game in regulation”? If the game goes to overtime, neither team won the game in regulation.
    “Rewarding teams that can’t stop another from scoring?”—Who’s to say that the team that won the toss under the old system couldn’t stop their opponent from scoring? The new overtime emphasizes all three units of each team (off, def, ST) moreso than the old system, which often featured only one team’s off vs the other team’s def for one drive based on a coin flip.

  8. Use preseason to experiment with rule changes. Let the third stringers duke it out and after two seasons any of the hypothetical quirks that could occur will have happened and we can come up with the best system. Never forget the law of unintended consequences. Solve one problem and create another. Any time that teams are so evenly matched that they are tied at the end of regulation loosing in OT will hurt, no mater what the system.

  9. I’m assuming that they would do this in preseason to see it in action but I haven’t heard anything to that effect. Of course, teams go out of their way to avoid OT in preseason anyway so I’m not sure how much good it would do.
    –Man, does it always take like 20 minutes for posts to show up?

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