NFL Overtime Change

Feb 3, 2009

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.

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  1. Evan "McSpazz" Edwards
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:29 am #

    It would definetly put more of a premium on kickers. The complete fifth quarter works for me, but instead of moving back in 5 yard increments I would go for 10. So start at 30, 40, 50 then 2 yard increments from then on. If they change it to anything though it will probably be to something more similar to the college system. Maybe something like each team gets to receive at least one kickoff. So if the coin toss winner takes the kickoff and then scores a field goal or TD then the other team will have a chance to match or beat that tally via the kickoff and downs. Punts would be allowed, but if you punt and the other team scores the game is over (from the first possesion on).

  2. LestersLegends
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:35 am #

    I suppose 10 yards works even better. I just don’t want it to be like college where teams go back and forth racking up stats. Something should be changed though.

  3. CK0712
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    interesting take on placing it on the kicker…might actually get a few in the HOF, if this idea worked. can’t hurt the system that’s for sure. I’m game for anything at this point, specially being victim of a tie game to the bungels!

  4. LestersLegends
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    It’s kind of a goofy idea, but to me it’s no goofier than what they have in place. I think it would add some excitement and you don’t have to leave with the bitter taste of a tie.

    The shootout has really added to the NHL.

  5. CK0712
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    it’s no goofier than what they have in place


    interesting post!

  6. LestersLegends
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    thanks. like i said it’s a whacky idea, but it could add some excitement.

  7. CK0712
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    wonder how many can go as far as 50 yards back…..i’ve seen some really poor kicks at 25!

    Play an entire fifth Quarter.

    i’m all for that, more football!

  8. LestersLegends
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    With no rush, I’m sure most could kick it pretty long. Anything to make you feel satisfied with the system win or lose.

  9. CK0712
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    With no rush, I’m sure most could kick it pretty long.


  10. Brad
    February 3rd, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    I like any idea that changes the current format.

    I would like to see them give each team one guaranteed possession, then sudden death after that (to avoid the necessity of an entire 5th quarter if one team scores). If it is still tied after the OT period, then a FG contest with the rules you laid out would be awesome.

  11. LestersLegends
    February 3rd, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    Yeah, I can see sudden death after one possession each.

  12. Terry LaCroix
    February 3rd, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    I would play the 5th quarter and than if it is still tied, I would go to the college system. Knowing that the other will be able to kick a fieldgoal forces you to do everything you can to score the touchdown. That is what football is all about.

  13. LestersLegends
    February 3rd, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    That works Terry. I just don’t want them playing too long, piling up stats and injuries.

  14. Larry Novak
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    I have a somewhat Complex idea. It is not mine. I think it came from Former Orlando Talk Show Host Marc (The Coach) Daniels

    Put 15 minutes on the Clock…
    Have the Coin Flip.
    Whoever wins probably but does not have to receive
    (Now here comes the fun part)
    Example #1–If the Team returns the KO for a Touchdown. and gets the extra point The other team gets the ball, BUT in order to keep the game going it must return the Kickoff for a TD, or If they cannot get any type of return they get 1 play (A Hail Mary) to tie.
    Example #2–Team Receive gets the ball and scores in 2 minutes and 17 seconds..Then the other team gets 2 minutes and 17 seconds to Tie or win the game.
    Example #3–Team Receive gets the ball and drives down the field and takes 14 minutes and 12 Seconds to score. The 2nd team then gets 48 seconds to tie or wins
    Now if after each team touches the ball it is still tied than it goes to Sudden Death.

    I know this is confusing but It might be interesting.

  15. LestersLegends
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    I kind of like the have to score in same time or less.

  16. Larry Novak
    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    That is the Key part of it.

  17. Most overtimes in college basketball
    March 13th, 2009 at 1:11 am #

    Keep for good work, glad to be here reading your post

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