Tabling OT vote was right call, but NFL should take it one step further
The biggest decision made by the NFL and its owners Tuesday was not where the Super Bowl will be played in 2014. Though it unsurprisingly got lost in the New York moment, the more significant move was tabling a vote on whether to apply the new overtime format to the regular season. And if you ask me, the NFL should gone one step further and repealed the new revisions for the postseason. Not only would that bring continuity and uniformity to the 2010 season, but also it would have been the right thing to do.
Here's why the new overtime format should be discarded forever.
Yet despite his record up to this point, Goodell has been one of the major proponents of the new overtime format. That makes no sense. While it's unclear how much longer playoff overtime games will be with the modifications, the fact is there will be more plays, and in some cases a lot more plays. Every play in every NFL game carries with it a risk of injury. And every play also contributes to the wear and tear that takes a physical toll on NFL players, whether they actually get injured or not. Both of those aspects will be even more pronounced in an extended overtime period, when players are already fatigued and playing more plays than they are normally accustomed to playing.
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It really doesn't matter how good of a job the broadcasting crews do attempting to explain the new overtime rule. Many of the people watching or listening to the game still won't get it. And then there are the strategies that need to be considered. Football is already complicated enough for casual fans who are attempting to really understand all of the intricacies of the game. Why make it more difficult?
Not really. A straw poll of recent listeners on Sirius NFL Radio indicated it was far from an overwhelming majority that felt the need for overtime reform. And most of the ones who did were either scorned Vikings fans still upset about last season's NFC Championship Game or people who had other ideas for overtime reform and don't like the new format anyway.
Instead it seems like the real impetus to change overtime came from certain prominent media members,
First of all, so what if that is how some games end? Secondly, what about the Cardinals vs. Packers game in the wild-card round two weeks prior? If ever a game would seemingly be decided by the coin toss, it was that game. Neither team played much defense in the 51-45 shootout.
Yet the game ended early in overtime when
Not to mention that both teams in overtime games already have a fair and equal opportunity to win during the 60 minutes of regulation. The entire concept of overtime is that it is extra time. It is designed to end the game and determine an outcome. Putting provisions in that will serve to extend that period kind of defeats the purpose.