Why would the NFL delay talk of OT change for a year?

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In March, there seemed to be momentum for an adjustment to postseason overtime that would allow each team to have a guaranteed possession. As recently as three weeks ago, it appeared that the momentum was still there.

Now, it’s gone. For at least a year.

With the votes not in place to implement the revision to the overtime rule, the league has kicked the matter to next year, vowing to revisit it. But what will be different in a year?

Not a thing. Unless, of course, one of the 2019 conference title games or Super Bowl LIV ends in a walk-off, first-drive overtime touchdown while the team that kicked off to start overtime never gets a chance to possess the ball.

Either the votes currently exist to make overtime more equitable or they don’t. If they don’t, they don’t.

Of course, delaying the issue for a year is no different than voting it down completely. The Chiefs, who proposed the change in the first place, would be free to introduce to each and every year until it passes, no matter how many times it gets voted down.

This outcome feels more political than anything else. Political in the sense that voting the proposal down could be viewed as a sign of disrespect to Chiefs owner Clark Hunt. Political in the sense that, by not taking a vote on the rule, the headline isn’t that the NFL rejected the change. The NFL simply didn’t act on it. Which could make a difference if one of the 2019 conference title games or Super Bowl LIV ends in a walk-off, first-drive overtime touchdown while the team that kicked off to start overtime never gets a chance to possess the ball.

Regardless, enough people regard the current rule as inequitable to make it an issue. But not enough (at least 24 of 32 owners) believe that change is necessary.

It would be far better for the league if the issue wasn’t an issue, and that people wouldn’t point out the inequity (especially in the postseason) of one team winning a coin toss, choosing to receive (who wouldn’t?), and hoping to advance to the next round (or to win the Super Bowl) by scoring a touchdown on the first drive.

While the league waits for a year, here’s some free advice: Consider a complete overhaul of overtime. Consider the XFL’s two-point conversion shootout, which would be many things (exciting, compelling, efficient) and most importantly fair to both teams.

9 responses to “Why would the NFL delay talk of OT change for a year?

  1. Yes, let’s implement that rule:

    1. Patriots get the ball and score a TD
    2. Due to your new rule, Chiefs get the ball and score a TD
    3. Patriots get the ball and score a FG and win

    Next Year: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! The Chiefs should’ve had another chance to match the Patriots’ score! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

  2. The league instinctively knows that making a rule change based on Andy Reid fouling something up is a hole with no bottom. This is the same coach who complained that the refs didn’t stop the game to come over and tell him that Dee Ford was lined up approximately 20 feet offsides. Just to put this in perspective Aaron Rodgers has been burned by the OT rules in the playoffs repeatedly and never whined about.

  3. Not a thing. Unless, of course, one of the 2019 conference title games or Super Bowl LIV ends in a Patriots walk-off, first-drive overtime touchdown while the team that kicked off to start overtime never gets a chance to possess the ball.

    Fixed it for ya

  4. A two point conversion shootout is the worst idea I’ve heard. Trust me, as someone who has watched World Cups (soccer) decided on shootouts for decades, I can tell you there is no worst idea, because it has little to do with the game itself.

    Why not decide basketball games with free throws instead of overtime? How about decide baseball games with a home run derby instead of extra innings? How about just putting instead of additional holes in golf?

    Again, this idea is exceedingly bad. Either go to complete sudden death or extra full quarters if you thinks things are ‘unfair’.

  5. Actually, if you take an unbiased look at the current overtime rule, you’ll find that the kicking team on first possession has multiple ways to win the game while the receiving team only has one. The receiving team must score a TD to win on first possession. The kicking team, on the other hand, can win by scoring a Safety, interception or fumble recovery returned for TD, or gaining possession and scoring either a FG or TD. Not quite as “unfair” as some (Andy Reid) would have us believe.

  6. Super Bowl decided by a walk-off touchdown? I just don’t get the problem with that. It’s high drama. It’s sports at its finest. It would be glorious.

  7. fmackaw says:
    May 22, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    Yes, let’s implement that rule:

    1. Patriots get the ball and score a TD
    2. Due to your new rule, Chiefs get the ball and score a TD
    3. Patriots get the ball and score a FG and win
    _________________________________________

    Actually if they do go with the new rule the last team to score a TD “must” attempt a 2-point conversion so that way there isn’t a tie and the scenario you described.

  8. The rules are set for offense to score yet people act like its 1955 and it’s fair for both sides, if it is then why does the winner always elect to receive? If it had happened to the Patriots people would be all over it

  9. luvkcchiefs says:
    May 22, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    The rules are set for offense to score yet people act like its 1955 and it’s fair for both sides, if it is then why does the winner always elect to receive? If it had happened to the Patriots people would be all over it
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    If it had happened to the Patriots the only people who would be “all over it” would be Patriots haters celebrating their loss. Take a better look, the people “all over it” are all crying and whining on behalf of the Chiefs. There would also be no outcry for OT rule changes because the Patriots would not be crying and whining about losing, they would have congratulated the Chiefs and talked about the need to play better next season. Stop trying to justify your blubbering with false claims of what the Patriots and their fans might do.

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