Pro Bowl to use “spot and choose” for kickoffs at start of halves

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The Ravens proposed the “spot and choose” change to overtime procedures last year and it was not approved, but it could come up for discussion again this offseason and it will be getting a test run at this week’s Pro Bowl.

The NFL announced that “spot and choose” will be used at the start of both halves in the game. In the first half, the winner of the coin toss will either choose where to spot the ball or whether to start on offense or defense at a spot of the other team’s choosing. The spot will be chosen before either team decides on whether they’ll take possession.

In the second half, the loser of the coin flip will get the same option the winner enjoyed to start the game. There would be another coin toss should overtime be necessary, although we’re guessing everyone involved will go out of their way to make sure it won’t be necessary.

The last Pro Bowl in 2020 also eliminated kickoffs and gave teams the option of trying a 4th-and-15 play in lieu of an onside kick. If they didn’t take that option, the ball was automatically placed on the 25-yard-line of the receiving team.

That will remain the case after any scoring plays in this Sunday’s game.

8 responses to “Pro Bowl to use “spot and choose” for kickoffs at start of halves

  1. This is what they do in kids sports when one team is up by too many points. Just add another 15 minutes to the game and if it ends in a tie, it ends in a tie.

  2. Dumb. There is nothing wrong with kickoffs. They should be moved back to the 30. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t play football.

  3. Pro Bowl was once an actual game where one side wanted to win. Now it’s just a tag team event not worth watching because we have grown babies in 2022.

  4. raventhom says:
    February 2, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    I’m always going to make the other team start at the 1
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    Exactly… not immediately-obvious to me why that is not going to be the default.

  5. raventhom says:
    February 2, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    I’m always going to make the other team start at the 1
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    But if Team A chooses to spot the ball at the 1, then Team B has the choice to take the ball at the 1, or make Team A start at the 1. Guessing the latter would be the choice for Team B.

    I’m OK with this for the Pro Bowl, but not for the regular season or playoffs.

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