NFL Overtime Change
The NFL dodged a major bullet when the Steelers marched down the field and scored the winning touchdown. Can you image the outrage that would have ensued if the game went into Overtime and was won by the team that won the Coin Toss? That’s all you would hear about on Sports Talk Radio. The bloggers would be out there in full force calling for immediate rule changes. The conspiracy theorists would claim the quarter was rigged. The list goes on and on. So the NFL dodge a bullet. That doesn’t mean the system doesn’t need to be changed.
I know the Defense has a chance to stop the opposition, but it doesn’t sit well with me when the team that wins the toss nails a game-winning Field Goal when the opposing team doesn’t get a chance on Offense. The college overtime system isn’t much better in my opinion. Here’s something that I think would be a cool way to spice it up. Play an entire fifth Quarter. Both teams should gets possessions unless you allow a crazy time consuming drive, in which case you don’t deserve to win. If the score remains tied after the fifth quarter, do not end the game in a tie. Instead go to a Field Goal shootout. Start with 30 yard Field Goals. If you both make it you increase the distance in five yard increments for the next four kicks. If both Kickers miss then you try it again. After the 50 yard kick switch to two yard increments.
What do you think of my idea? I know it’s a little out there, so don’t be afraid to call me crazy. I do think it would add some excitement to the game.