The NFL Needs to Get OT Right
And This Isn't It
I've never been a big fan of the current OT format in the NFL. I also believe that the college and pro games should be different, and that's why I would never advocate the NFL going to the NCAA version where both teams get the ball at the 25 yard line.
But the latest proposal is a joke...and if this is all the NFL can come up with, I'm not for it.
In the suggested change, if a team kicks a field goal....the other team, would get one chance to tie the game, or win it with a touchdown. But if the first team scores a touchdown, it's just like the current OT...game over.
What sense does that make? Last I checked, you can go for a 2 point conversion after a TD...so why not give the other team another chance, no matter what? So if the first team gets 7 points, the other team knows what they have to do...go the length of the field, and go for 2 to win it.
Right now this is called the Brett Favre proposal, because of the Saints kicking a field goal on the first possession of OT in the NFC Championship Game. The proposal will be reviewed during league meeting March 21-24.
And while the team that wins the coin toss wins 62 percent of the time, and 39 percent of games are determined on the first drive...a goofy system where a touchdown doesn't allow the other team a chance, while a field goal does...cheapens the game and muddies the picture all the more.
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