Art Rooney II “not opposed to considering a change” to playoff OT rules

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The Chiefs’ win over the Bills in the divisional round of the playoffs has revived debate about whether the NFL’s overtime rules for the postseason should change in order to allow for both teams to possess the ball regardless of how the first possession turns out.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid showed support for such a change on Monday, which is no surprise given the Chiefs proposed that tweak a few years ago. That proposal didn’t pass, obviously, but it could come up again this offseason and Steelers owner Art Rooney II said that he’s open to that possibility.

“I am not opposed to considering a change to the overtime rule to allow both teams one possession prior to it being sudden death,” Rooney said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I would only want to consider that change for the playoffs.”

Rooney said he would want the NFL Competition Committee to review any proposed changes before he’d make a final decision on a proposed change. For now, that amendment and that decision are purely hypothetical matters but things could be more concrete later in the offseason.

19 responses to “Art Rooney II “not opposed to considering a change” to playoff OT rules

  1. Only change I would like to see is play a full quarter in the playoffs. OTs are rare so it shouldn’t be a problem with player safety. Don’t put some hockey shootout in that isn’t the game of football anymore. Soccer and Hockey have the worse OT rules. Might as well play checkers at the end to decide the game you have changed the game so much.

  2. “I would only want to consider that change for the playoffs.” How many other rules can we change simply for the playoffs? It is almost like regular season tie games have no affect on making the playoffs. Maybe just for the AFC but not the NFC and then in alternating Super Bowls they can use it like the DH rule in baseball. Perhaps he is worried about player safety in playing overtime in the future 20th game of the season, and in the future expanded playoffs.

  3. Make them kick a field goal or punt and you’ll get a possession in overtime. If you want it to be “fair” then do college OT.

  4. There is only one option for making a rule change. Play an additional 15 minute quarter. 4th quarter timing rules. Etc.

  5. Follow the college rules but start the ball at the team’s 40 yard line and force them to go 60 yards for a touchdown. This would be like a bogus kick off penalty. After first possession if teams each score 7 points, then require each to go for 2. Defensive score ends the game.

  6. What if you make the change and both teams score TDs and then on the 3rd possession the offense scores? If both defenses are playing like trash the team that wins the toss still gets an advantage.

  7. How about they play a 10 minute OT period. Whoever is ahead at the end of that 10 minutes wins. If the score is still tied, then you go into sudden death OT where whoever scores first wins.

  8. You had 60 minutes in regulation to win. If you leave yourself to the whims of overtime, that’s the chance you take. You lose the toss, play defense. You’re allowed to field 11 players on special teams and defense in an attempt to stop and/or cause a turnover.

    If the Bills can’t stop KC from getting into FG range with 13 seconds left in regulation, they don’t deserve to win. And stop with the “overtime isn’t fair” crying. Life isn’t fair.

  9. The referee said that they were starting a new game @ the coin flip for overtime. That isn’t actually true. It is merely a continuation of the game. Instead of flipping a coin, why not just add on another 15 min. and continue the game?

  10. Team a wins toss and scores td/Pat on opening possession, then team b gets ball goes and scores a td but must then go for two to decide the game. Boom, solved.

  11. So I assume that every person who is now clamoring for the rule to be changed roots for a team that has never won an overtime game since 2010? If so, did they win on the first possession? Did you argue about it then? It also begs the question as stated above, what if both teams score a touchdown? Do the still get equal possessions after that or does it go to sudden death? If it does, that is still advantage to whoever wins the toss. Lastly, as I saw on another post, if equal possessions is guaranteed, whoever wins the toss could just defer, and then when that team that gets the ball they have foreknowledge on exactly what they need to do to win (a field goal perhaps, or if the other team misses the point after they only need that, or if they need to go for 2), thus still an advantage to the coin toss winner. There is no absolutely fair way to have OT unless you use “pick a card” or “paper rock scissors”. The fact of the matter is that the defense is just as much part of the team as the offense is, so if one team scores a touchdown it is the fault of the defense, thus their team. Anyway, only 7 out of 11 teams that won the toss in the playoffs (since 2010) has won on the first drive. A little over half. Of the 163 OT rules (regular season and post season) since 2010 only 86 out of 163 teams that won the toss won the game, period. that is around 53%. It is an advantage, but in no way a guarantee. So people need to quit assuming that winning the coin toss is an automatic win, or that Josh Allen “would have” guaranteed scored, there could have been a fumble, an interception or just a good ole “turnover on downs”. It benefits some, but not all. Any OT will have some sort of advantage to one of the teams. Also ask yourself, how did you team vote in 2019 when the Chiefs tried to get the rule changed but it was tabled due to “lack of support”?

  12. Giving one possession guaranteed each fixes this problem. Let’s say Buffalo got a possession in OT and scored a TD. Now they can choose to go for 2 and win it, or kick the xp, knowing KC might score on it’s next possession to win. The whole point is that both offenses have a stake in the result, especially since every year more & more rules favor the offense.

    What if you make the change and both teams score TDs and then on the 3rd possession the offense scores? If both defenses are playing like trash the team that wins the toss still gets an advantage

  13. How is the rule unfair? play defense and you’ll get the ball back and then you can score. Right??

  14. Can’t stop a field goal in 13 seconds. Or like the Altanta Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. Defense is part of the game, if you can’t stop them you don’t deserve to win.

  15. Hey Art, how about changing your OC and let your new DC actually call the defense. This Tomlin obsession with having his coaches be lackeys has got to stop or he needs to go!

  16. Sure, for the playoffs. In the regular seasons — unpopular opinion alert — I think there shouldn’t be any overtime. Pull out all the stops to win in regulation or get that third number on your record.

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