Proposal to make overtime 15 minutes not on owners’ agenda

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Despite a proposal put forth in March, owners will not vote at this week’s meeting to make overtime 15 minutes again.

When the league first began discussing offseason rules changes two months ago, one of the proposals was expanding overtime to 15 minutes, as it had been until it was shortened to 10 minutes three years ago. We noted at the time that rule was unlikely to pass.

As it turns out, it’s not even coming to a vote. The proposal is not even on the agenda for this week’s meeting.

It’s not unusual for teams to put forward proposals and then withdraw them when they see they don’t have enough support to have any chance of passing.

Still, the overtime proposal was worth discussing, not only because it would have changed the length of overtime, but also because it would have changed the coin toss procedures. Under the proposal, there would only be a coin toss to start overtime if the two teams had scored the same number of touchdowns during regulation. If one team had scored more touchdowns than the other, that team would get the choice to kick or receive the overtime kickoff.

The proposed revision to overtime also would have put the ball on the 20-yard line, rather than the 25-yard line, after a touchback on the overtime kickoff. That’s a rule worth discussing as well.

So while it appears that overtime will be unchanged in 2020, there are potential changes that the league should continue to consider.

11 responses to “Proposal to make overtime 15 minutes not on owners’ agenda

  1. Why does everything need to be so complicated? 15 mins mirroring a normal quarter makes sense. No need to start tallying tds and changing 5 yds of field position just because… Play it like the previous 4. Not hard.

  2. The only change I would like to see for the overtime rule,…. both teams are guaranteed a possession. To win the coin flip shouldn’t be a winning advantage.
    If you play 60 minutes of ball and the game is tied,… IMO both teams earned a chance to get the ball at least once and try to score in OT.

  3. -Play a 5th quarter, the players are highly paid and should be in
    good enough condition to play full extra quarter

  4. They used to just have games ending in a tie, except playoffs, and that was way back when they played fewer games. Now they play 16 games. We’re trying to stay away from injuries, remember? I like the rule the way it is. If you can’t get a lead after 60 minutes, don’t complain. The best way to avoid overtime is to win the game in regulation. If you start extending games, you get more injuries. If they want to tweak it a little and start from the 20 instead of the 25, no problem.

  5. Ridiculous. If you can’t win or lose in 4 quarters, then take your tie like a man and stop whining.

  6. Cut the dog and pony show. If OT is relegated to a coin flip, then let’s not waste any time. Just flip a coin to decide the winner and let everyone get some sleep.

  7. Get rid of overtime in regular season games so coaches have more incentive to just win the game in regulation. Figure something else for the playoff.

  8. No one wants to end an extended game with a drawn out OT.

    I think it’s pretty solid as is. Either leave it alone or do away with OT altogether and let ties become more common.

    That’d probably bring team’s records more in line with their actual performance anyway.

  9. Scrap overtime except for the playoffs. The idea there has to be a winner and a loser of every game is so odd to anyone outside the US. Tie games are fine and add layers of strategy. The whole kissing your sister trope is bizarre.

    Overtime for playoffs both teams should have min one possession

  10. Both teams have 60 minutes to win the game. Don’t whine if you can win in OT in 10 minutes. Play some defense if you don’t start with the ball first.

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