Report: Colts propose overtime change for regular season and postseason

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Whether the Competition Committee officially recommends a change to current overtime procedures no longer matters. One of the 32 teams has put the ball on the tee for the owners.

Judy Battista of NFL Media reports that the Colts have proposed a revision to the current overtime protocol. It would guarantee each team a possession in overtime.

Per the report, the Colts are proposed the adjustment for both the regular season and the postseason. It will be harder to generate at least 24 ownership votes for a regular-season change. For the postseason, it should be easier to get folks on board for a change to a system that currently is unfair, at its core.

It will all come to a head in late March, when the teams gather for the 2022 meetings. The league will continue to thrive with or without a change to the overtime procedures, obviously. The question is whether these stewards of the game care enough to come up with a rule that is more fair (or less unfair) than the current one.

74 responses to “Report: Colts propose overtime change for regular season and postseason

  1. Each team has an offense and a defense. If your team is on offense it’s your job to score. If your team is on defense it’s your job to stop the other team’s offense. If you don’t do either job then you will lose. It’s not the nature of the game to be “fair” to the other team. This isn’t peewee or below sports.

  2. Make sure both teams get the ball in overtime but make them go for 2 if they score a TD. This will make extended OT less likely.

  3. Just play street ball rules first one to 70 this whining going happen again next year when another favorite loses in double overtime watering the game down because someone has to lose….

  4. While teams do play defense, this is an offense driven league and officiated as so.

    Only seems fair

  5. If adopted, then the team that scores the 2nd TD to tie the game will be mad again once they don’t get the ball a 2nd time once the 1st team goes down and kicks a FG on their 2nd possession. Keep the rules how they are now.

  6. The real reason the current “sudden death” OT rules don’t work is because over the years the league has done everything they can to make the games high scoring. So much so that defenses are at an inherent disadvantage. Therefore whoever wins the toss has a much better chance of taking it down the field for the win.

  7. Why should a team that can’t win in regulation and can’t stop the other team from scoring a TD on the first drive of overtime get more chances to win?

    The current system is fair. Someone has to lose. If you want chances, take advantage of them in regulation.

  8. Guess I never understood what was wrong with a tie in the regular season. Both teams got 60 minutes to try and beat each other and occasionally neither one is better than the other

  9. The Colts have been acting like snowflakes for over 15 years in these areas.

    Absolutely not. Enoughy with the whiny trophy generation thinking.

  10. The colts barely even participate in the playoffs? Why would they care or feel like they should weigh in on this topic?

  11. Regular season games shouldn’t have an overtime. Make it simple. You win, lose or tie in 60 minutes. End of story.

  12. Regular season games end in a tie. Post season goes to each team getting 4 downs from the 25 to score. Going for two mandatory.

  13. Ties should be allowed in reg season.
    Playoffs: Both teams get the ball. No punts allowed. 4 downs to move the chains or turn it over. 2 pt conversions onky. 10 min’s, no sudden death. Whoever has most points wins.

  14. Just add the requirement of 2 point conversion after TD and if first offense scores 8 points, game over. If defense can stop the 2PC then they get a possession and sudden death starts.

  15. Imagine having twenty years of Manning, Luck and Rivers and the sheer providence to face and defeat Rex Grossman in the Super Bowl. The Colts shouldn’t be allowed to propose anything after wasting so much QB talent.

  16. 2023 playoffs. Rule change happens. Both teams score on first drive overtime. Team that won coin toss goes down and kicks a field goal on the second drive. People complain about the overtime rules being unfair again.

  17. Do I have to spell it out to all of you. Ok. It’s because of gambling. House doesn’t pay or take in on a push bet. Also, with prop betting becoming more and more popular, the chance for situational, emotional betting gets stronger as the game goes on. This has nothing to do with “fairness”. I thought this was a place for NFL fans… it’s about money… like it always is.

  18. This was attempted in 2018 and the owners refused to even here the rule change. This won’t be heard by them again, nevermind even be discussed or voted on.

  19. dyims says:
    February 27, 2022 at 7:55 pm
    Each team has an offense and a defense. If your team is on offense it’s your job to score. If your team is on defense it’s your job to stop the other team’s offense. If you don’t do either job then you will lose.“
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    So if team “A” wins the OT coin toss and elects to receive, and they take the kickoff and run their offense out onto the field, and the offense fails to score, does that mean that team “B” has won the game???

    That’s your logic. And, by the way, it’s pretty much the same logic the NFL uses now, except as the inverse.

  20. keep regular season as-is…playoffs both get the ball but 2nd team and thereafter must go for 2 pts.

  21. Have you ever watched a dog chase his own tail around a tree? Funny thing, he never catches it. That’s what this reminds me of. Every year, someone loses a game, and they blame the refs or the rule book. Then they get together and change a rule or tweak something a little. The next year it’s the same thing. They never solve whatever problem they were chasing. They just continue to run around in circles.

  22. how in the worl ddo people keep saying the rules are fair? Bottom line to win you need to score more points, and it is an undisputable fact that points are overwhelmingly scored by the offense than the defense. Which mean if you so happen to win a coin toss a team is always going to choose offense as that gives them the best possiblity of scoring and winning. This isnt debatable. Its is facts. Fairness is equal opportunity. Teams should have the same exact opportunity after playing to a tie. Period.

  23. Back to classic sudden death. If you lose the toss, stop the other team. Plain and simple. Life isn’t fair

  24. Spoiler: any form of football ot will be unfair.

    Use the college system: 2nd team to go has a significant strategic advantage. Also this omits kickoffs and punting so a great return man might as well hit the showers at the end of regulation.

    Current system: lose if you give up a td but you get the benefit of knowing what you need to do to win if you don’t give up a td.

  25. How about this – if you have the first possession of OT, and you score a TD – You aren’t permitted to kick the extra point, or go for two. Then the other team gets the ball & is permitted to kick the PAT if they score a TD.

    It’s a ridiculous solution, but it would be more ‘fair’ than the current system, and teams would think long and hard about choosing to receive the ball if they win the OT coin flip.

  26. I don’t see the reason that each team needs to have an offensive possession! If team A scores a TD then team B matches, then team A scores again! Now everyone will say it’s not fair they got 2 possessions to only one! You want to win make a defensive stop!

  27. To make things fair and keep the extension of the game short as a bonus just change the rule to provide that the team that gets the ball wins if they score but the opposing team wins if it does not.

  28. factman1000 says:
    February 27, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Why do you want to remove defense from the game entirely?

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    This makes no sense. With the current rules, a team can win an OT game with their defense not going on the field.

  29. Instead of possessions, just have the Offensive linemen alternate kicking field goals from the 35 yard line much like a shoot out in hockey.

  30. Leave it way it is. once team A scores Td then team B scores td, then Team A scores again teams B will complain it didn’t get a second chance.. no one will ever be happy

  31. I’ve never confirmed it but many posters on this site have said that since making a touchdown mandatory to end the game (on the first drive) that only 52% of the teams that win the coin toss eventually win the game.
    That doesn’t really sound like a broken system to me!

  32. People are never happy. A coin flip is 50/50. If you lose the flip stop em. That is fair. The point is to get a winner.

  33. It seems like the best solution is the simplest. Just play 10 more minutes… if it remains tied after? It’s a tie. The average NFL drive is probably… 4 minutes? Just a guess, but if you can’t stop a team from scoring a TD AND eating up 8 minutes you don’t deserve a win! And even so you’d have 2 minutes to tie it up.

  34. Like Florin’s been saying, 2-point conversion shootout is the best way to go.

  35. Easy fix to the OT problem: put an NHL goal and net on the field, each team chooses their 5 best players and a hockey shootout takes place.

  36. Ok here’s an idea. Instead of starting a new OT period they just keep playing into the extra period. Then the flow of the gane will determine the outcome instead of a coin flip.

    I’d be fine with sudden death at that point because both teams will manage the game knowing how they finish regulation directly effect the OT period.

  37. It already is fair to expect a team to have a defense. Stop trying to make games a narrative of QB vs QB. That’s not how football works.

  38. should also start using flags instead of tackling, that way teams will have fewer injuries and can play at full strength more often…
    .
    to many teams lose games because of injured players…
    .
    just seams fair.

  39. Ovt one team gets the ball and whatever happens happens.
    The other teams gets the ball and the moment the 2nd team touches ball THEN it’s Sudden Death.

    What’s so hard?

  40. Fair like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Is it fair that luck plays a role in life and football?

  41. In every other team sport, both teams have the ability to score in overtime. I’ve been banging this drum since I was 8 years old. Not just bc of what happened to buffalo. I said the same thing with Kansas City at New England too

  42. Consider: each team gets one possession in overtime. No score, a tie. If one team scores and the other doesn’t, a win. If the first team hits a field goal and the second team scores a touchdown a win.

    There’s also a player safety issue as the chance of injury increases the more tired you become.

  43. The question I have is why is it currently unfair in the postseason, but not the regular season. All it takes is a team to miss the playoffs on the final week because of an opening possession OT TD and…………here we go again.

  44. hailtothe says:
    February 27, 2022 at 11:09 pm
    factman1000 says:
    February 27, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Why do you want to remove defense from the game entirely?

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    This makes no sense. With the current rules, a team can win an OT game with their defense not going on the field.

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    Because the other team’s defense didn’t do their job. The proposed rule change is to forgive a team for not having a good defense.

    The original XFL had it figured out. The problem isn’t the overtime rules, but how to decide who gets the ball first. Their loose-ball scramble was a great idea, but the NFL is too fearful of a player getting hurt to consider something like that… maybe Rock Paper Scissors for possession but better make it best two out of three so no feelings get hurt.

  45. Let’s see the details, but it’s likely a never-ending issue if you go down this path.

    You give both teams a possession, and if the team that wins the flip scores a TD and a 1 point conversion, should the second team tie and defend a sudden death FG or should they go for 2 and try to win the game on a 50/50 play?

    Still doesn’t look like football, which has a time component.

    If they want to keep the sudden death aspect it doesn’t really matter when it starts. It was fine to be right after regulation the way it used to be.

    To make it more fair do the OT coin flip at the start of the game so both teams know who will have choice of the ball in OT from the start of regulation.

  46. If you expect the NFL to make any sense or be fair then your expectations are too high and you need to lower them.

  47. Idea I was just thinking about… how about 2 min halves in OT. In regular season you play one set of two min halves and if it is tied it’s tied. In the Playoffs you play mini 4 min games until someone wins. 2 min drives would be exciting and fair and you could end up 7 3 in the first half or something. The time component makes it real football.

  48. Yes! To all those saying “do your job on defense and you won’t have to worry about it”, that excuse is nonsense. Both teams had 60 minutes during regulation to prove they could get the job done and both failed. Giving either team one possession on the basis of pure chance is inherently unfair, unsportsmanlike, and frustrating as a fan who wants to watch a fair match. It’s amazing the NFL has gone this long with something so lopsided. Change it now, change it across the board, change it forever. Death to sudden death.

  49. Anything other than a full length “quarter” of OT will inherently be unfair. Consider this. Who ever gets the second possession has an advantage. If the first possession resulted in points, the second possession can utilize all 4 downs (because punting would end the game). That gives the second team more downs to accomplish the same thing. Isnt that unfair? Legislating fair can only go so far. So what happens if both teams are allowed to possess the ball? Lets look at the game that really sparked this. KC got the ball and scored. This new rule means Buffalo then gets the ball and scores, then KC gets the ball and wins (essentially winning the game because of the coin flip). It simply delays the unfair advantage to the Team 1’s second possession. Or, Team 1 is dealt a disadvantage because Team 2 goes for the two point conversion on their possession. Thats not fair either, right?

  50. The HOME team should always get the ball 1st in OT and keep the rules the SAME. It’s called home field advantage for a reason.

  51. billsfan716 says:
    February 28, 2022 at 7:36 am

    In every other team sport, both teams have the ability to score in overtime.

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    But both teams DO have the ability to score. All one team has to do is stop the other from scoring a TD on the very first drive, then they have a chance to win outright by scoring either a TD or a FG.

    The current system is fair in that it puts the opportunity to win fully in the hands of the teams. If one team is good enough to score a TD on their first drive, they win. If the other team is good enough to stop them from scoring a TD, then they get the chance to win with a lesser score like a FG. That all seems quite fair to me.

    Some see overtime as simply more time. I have always seen it as a tieBREAKER, which implies some additional stress involved.

  52. Just add extra time if the game is tied at the end of regulation. Add 7 minutes (or whatever is deemed appropriate) and just continue the game where it currently is. If the game ends with Team A 2nd and 10 from the 43 yard line, just continue the game from there for 7 minutes. Eliminates the advantage/disadvantage of the coin flip and leads to new end game strategies. Does Team A push the tempo and/or try a long pass or field goal at the end of the game, or do they play it conservatively to enhance their opportunities in overtime? Last second field goal to tie the game? Now 7 minutes are added to play defense, get a stop and get the ball back for a chance to win.

  53. Just flip the coin for OT before the game starts so both teams know which team will get the ball first in OT. They can use this knowledge in regulation to plan accordingly.

  54. dyims says:
    Each team has an offense and a defense. If your team is on offense it’s your job to score. If your team is on defense it’s your job to stop the other team’s offense. If you don’t do either job then you will lose. It’s not the nature of the game to be “fair” to the other team. This isn’t peewee or below sports.

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    Good point, so the team that just scored in OT shouldn’t have a problem having it’s defense stop the other team then, right?

    OT feels not great the way it is. I don’t know the right answer, but it doesn’t feel right at all for a team to drive down and tie up a game and then win a coin toss and then drive down on a defense that in some cases was just on the field to win the game.

    I don’t think anyone wants NCAA rules… or endless OTs. From a product standpoint, it’s not great. Right now it can feel like “make it-take it” middle school basketball rules.

  55. harryhodag says:
    Consider: each team gets one possession in overtime. No score, a tie. If one team scores and the other doesn’t, a win. If the first team hits a field goal and the second team scores a touchdown a win.

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    And if they both kick FGs or both score TDs…? Two more possessions? And if the same result… more?

  56. How about no games ending until the team that won the coin toss either punts, turn the ball over or kicks a FG? (Still use 15 minute quarters, if need be, and a halftime.) When both teams are scoring TDS at will, all games will be deemed “unfair”.

  57. I would like to see overtime in the playoffs be a straight 15-minute period. that way no one can complain about not getting a fair shake

  58. heymister24 says:
    February 28, 2022 at 11:40 am
    Easy peasey….OT each team gets ONE posession.

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    And if they both score?

  59. No OT during regular season, eliminates the whole playing for tie during the last quarter and force more coaches to be more aggressive with point after TD’s and FG’s which is what the NFL wants more TD’s. During the playoffs, play another full quarter no sudden death, at the end the one with the most points wins, if still tied play another, and on and on.

  60. nhpats2011 says:
    February 28, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    And if they both score?

    If both score it is tie game and you go home.

  61. heymister24 says:
    February 28, 2022 at 4:20 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    February 28, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    And if they both score?

    If both score it is tie game and you go home.

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    What about the playoffs?

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