NFL ADAPTS NEW OVERTIME RULE

The NFL made another admission about field goals being too easy to make today.

The owners voted to use the system put in place for overtime in the playoffs last season in the regular season.

It means an OT game can not end on a field goal without both teams getting a chance to possess the ball.

In other words, it’s ridiculously easy to make a field goal (I know. Don’t tell the Ravens that.) in the NFL these days and they don’t think it’s fair for the receiving team to have it so easy.

If they’re that easy, how about shrinking the goal posts and making them tougher? Make a field goal an adventure. Then it wouldn’t matter if a game ended on one immediately after the opening kick in OT.

The owners also agreed to do a video review of every turnover.

This will slow the game down, of course. Not only because every turnover will be reviewed but, because the coaches will be able to use their challenges for things other than turnovers.

Which means more challenges for other things, which means more time sitting around for everybody.

I was once a big proponent of replay, but I’ve now reached the point where I would like to see it eliminated all together.

 

  • Joe

    Here’s my thought, the team that last scored has to kick off to start OT…they forced OT with their score, so make them kick off…maybe a few more coaches would go for the win in regulation…

    If it is a 0-0 game, then you can have a coin flip…or leave it at 0-0 and put the fans out of their misery…

  • Haas

    More reviews…sure, let’s slow the game down even more….Still thinking about the OT rule. I do hate watching a game end on a field goal in OT.

  • colt

    John, Your logic cannot be disputed. However, since it will not happen, I think that overtime without field goals at all makes the most sense. Sudden death; touchdowns only. Simple.

    • franji1

      What about drop kicks? 😉

  • IsraelP

    “I would like to see it eliminated all together.”

    Altogether?

    • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

      That, too. Right now I’m answering the fifth out of 55 recent posts. I have to move quickly and I make a mistake every now and then. Sue me.

      • IsraelP

        Just so you know your loyal fans are paying attention out here.

  • RKR

    Why not use the wider hash marks like the ones used in college football?

    Don’t like the new overtime rule. I like sudden death overtimes. If a team kicks a FG as time expires, why don’t people cry that it is not fair? Well, because they had over 59 minutes to score more points. Too bad, you lose…

    Why do we have to grant an extra possession in OT for the sake of ‘FAIRNESS’? I don’t like it…

    I also do not like changing the rules of the game for overtime – like the NHL and its 4-on-4 format. Play the game with the same rules all the time, please.

    RKR

  • Joe

    The replay proponents always say that all that matters is that we get the right call…well, if that is the case, then why isn’t everything reviewed??? A bad pass interference call can change a game…but it isn’t reviewable…that ridiculous…either make everything reviewable or nothing…

  • oksteelerfan

    OT
    John could you watch this video and tell me if you see any political or religious overtones. ESPN rejected the ad stating that as the reason.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0N7C8-XKu8

    • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

      It’s only political because it DOESN’T promote a liberal message. The assumption is that a NASCAR driver would be speaking mostly to Republicans. Can’t have that.

    • Dan

      I don’t see anything wrong with it at all.

  • Niblick

    The overtime rule change makes no sense at all. You are not allowed to win the game on a field goal on your first try? Aren’t field goals part of the game? If kicking field goals are too easy, then take them out of the game altogether. Or play an extra quarter and be done with it.

    And to be honest, I never understood why a tied game was so bad. I have this issue with hockey too. There is nothing wrong with ties.

  • Forbes St. Clair

    I’m sure the NFL’s ulterior motive was exactly what you are talking about John. Not only will there be a commercial break for every possession change, if someone farts, etc., they can now have one for the review of turnovers. It’s all about the almighty dollar with this rule change, the actual turnover becomes secondary.

  • a-dawg

    no replay at all – in any sport. not needed. the human element should be part of the game. you win some…you lose some. it is what it is.

    refs rely on replay and become weaker refs.

  • saneman

    Instead of reviewing every TD and turnover, here is an easy solution. Give back a replay challenge,, and not just a timeout to the coach who successfully challenges a play.Scoring plays and turnovers should be reveiwed in real time, but they should call in only if they spot something suspicious. TO make up for speeding up the flow, the coach will be allowed to challenge even those plays if they feel like the booth needs more time to review a play and if the replay challenge has no merit, then the coach loses a timeout

  • franji1

    Rule question #1: kicking team decides to “onside kick” and get the ball without the other team touching it (i.e not a fumble). It’s a free ball, neither team has “rights” to it. So if the kicking team marches down the field and kicks a FG, is the game over?

    Rule question #2: receiving team gets the ball. One the first play from scrimmage, they throw an interception and the D player returns it to the 20 yard line but fumbles (i.e. 2 turn overs on the same play). The receiving team recovers. The kicking team has yet to have a play from scrimmage. The receiving team marches down the field and kicks a FG. Is the game over?

    • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

      #1 Not sure. I think the game’s over.
      #2 Game over.

      • Joe

        I believe I saw that game was over in #1…

      • franji1

        #2 – what if there’s a “scrum” vs an obvious “double turnover”. Will the referees come out and give the following ruling “D established enough possession during the scrum, hence the recovery by O of D’s subsequent fumble means O can win the game if they kick a FG”.

  • Lumpy Rutherford

    NFL games are already difficult to watch because of all of the replays, challenges, inane announcers and commercials. Adding more challenges & reviews will only make it worse. I can’t imagine how miserable it must be to watch a game in person with all that dead time. Thank God for remote control TV. There is always a good movie on while “the previous play is under review.”

    • Dan

      I agree 100%. This not only doesn’t increase my chances of going to more games, it lessens the chances of still going to as many as I do now as the amount of dead time during a game is my biggest complaint now.

      • Bobzilla

        NFL games are not “difficult” to watch if you actually enjoy the sport. Casual fans suffer from ADD, which is the reason they are called “casual” fans…

        • Dan

          I do enjoy the sport. Anybody that went to a game 10 20 or 30 years ago will tell you it was much more enjoyable back then. NFL Football sucks live. Kick, TV timeout. 3 and out, TV timeout. Replay, TV timeout. Challenge, TV Timeout. It’s ridiculous. It takes FAR too long to get through a 60-minute game of football. It’s better at home.

          There’s so many stoppages during a game that it’s absolute nonsense.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            Ten or 15 years ago the NFL decided to shorten the games. Not by reducing the number of commercial breaks but by reducing the amount of plays. They decided to start the clock when the ball is set after incomplete passes and out of bounds plays instead of on the snap. The league bragged about how it was catering to the fans by giving them LESS for their money and the national sycophant media lapped it up.

        • Lumpy Rutherford

          NFL games are gruesomely boring and redundant. All the teams look, act & play the same. The constant stoppages of play makes it almost unwatchable. The sport has become a parody of itself.

        • Dan

          Also, the problem doesn’t exist outside the NFL. High school games are great to just watch football because the game moves fast. I’m sure big-time college games are wrought with TV timeouts too but I don’t notice it that much at Pitt games, which are a lot of fun. It’s just the NFL.

          • Bobzilla

            High school games take less time because its quarters are shorter than the pros and college.

            Boring and redundant pretty much describes Lumpy’s views on anything not hockey.

          • Dan

            You’re right Bob, the fact that there are no TV timeouts or challenges in high school has nothing to do with it. It’s all a difference of a mere 15 minutes of clock time. You win.

          • Bobzilla

            This just in: ALL scholastic sports usually require less time to complete than professional sports. Funny how that works.

          • Dan
          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            Been saying it for a long time.

          • Bobzilla

            NFL and college football games have always — at least since the invention of television — been more enjoyable to watch at home rather than in the stands. Football was made for TV. Those in the stands are nothing more than a “studio audience” there to provide background noise.
            Joe Greene once said that he never realized what a huge and spectacular production NFL games were until he retired and started to watch them on TV like everyone else.
            If Goodell wants to maintain paying customers, he needs to address the issue of the league having so many lousy teams. The NFL needs to downsize: fewer teams (28) and fewer games (14).

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            I never bought into the “it’s better on TV” mentality. I still would rather be there. Of course, I got in free and always had a good seat. What keeps me home is the traffic coming and going.

          • Bobzilla

            I’m thankful that people want to go. I’ve made trips to Buffalo and Cleveland in my younger days, back when I actually believed my being there made a difference, but there’s simply no place like home. TV has always provided immediate “updates” of other games, which, for a football junkie, is a godsend.

          • Mike V

            Bob,

            As someone, like me, who is a football junkie and doesn’t like watching crap, I find NFL Red zone a breath of fresh air. I’ll watch every play of a Steelers game. When that is not on, I would rather watch NFL RZ than to, as John might say, watch teams punt from the other teams 35, or sit through a 5 minute replay, or listen to one of the talking heads spew cliches, or watch a team run a draw play from their own 30 on third and 15, or…well,, you get the point. Fewer teams won’t change any of this with the exception of fewer heads spewing cliches.

          • Erik

            Zilla what 4 teams would you eliminate?

          • Mike V

            The average length of a college football game in real time is longer than an NFL game.

  • Deuce

    I agree field goals are too easy but here’s a thought about the team not receiving the ball originally from the kickoff in OT: play defense and stop them.

    Actually, I’d rather them just play a full 15-minute quarter.

    However, no matter what the NFL does with field goals and OT rules I still won’t watch.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

      I don’t disagree. Play defense. That’s not the point I was trying to make. My point is that the rule is an admission that it’s too easy to kick a field goal in the NFL in 2012.

      • Dan

        I think we’re all forgetting how hard it is to play defense in today’s NFL with all the rule changes. There’s a reason why scoring is at all-time highs. I like the rule change and don’t really have any opinion either way on what we do with the goalposts.

  • oksteelerfan

    Replay is one of those examples of being careful of what you wish for. I once thought it was stupid they didn’t have replay, now I hate replay with a passion.

    • Paul

      I’m with you, ok. It’s slowed the game down so much that it’s not fun to watch anymore. When you have to slow the film down to 100fps to see if the stitching on the guys uniform made contact with the ground before the ball did, there’s something wrong.

  • Mike V

    More replays. I try to look at the postive. As I get older and my prostate gets bigger, I have to go the bathroom more. At least I have something to fill the time with.

  • Ken

    I understand the hatred of field goals.

    But I hate that overtime rule. It seems very artificial. How about playing defense and stopping the other team from getting into field goal range? I’d rather see them play a full 5 or 7.5 minutes without sudden rather than this fake, “both teams have to possess the ball (unless there’s a TD)” rule.

    Personally, I have no problem with tie games. I thought that the NCAA made games worse by adding overtime. It used to lead to some interesting decisions at the end of the game – whether to go for a tie or a win.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

      I think any NFL coach who has turned down the opportunity to go for 2 points and a win at the end of a game (and they all have) to kick the extra point and go to overtime, has no right to whine about the OT rules. I’m just amazed that the owners and most of the media don’t realize what an admission of the obsolescence of their goal posts the OT procedure is.

      • Ken

        Even though they’re played around with the kickoff yard line and have made numerous other rule changes to almost every aspect of the game, for some reason, I can’t see the NFL ever altering the width of the goal posts.

        It really doesn’t make any sense that this element of the game, a side element really, seems sacred, but you may be the only media figure suggesting this change.

        Even fields goals were more exciting when there was an element of uncertainty. 40 yards was a long field goal before 1980.

  • Bobzilla

    Field goals are so ridiculously easy, the Steelers have gone through how many placekickers since the opening of Hienz Field? Todd Peterson was my personal favorite.

    Replay is vital to the NFL, because the league’s officiating is so inept, the worst in professional sports.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

      They’re not automatic Zilla, but they’re RIDICULOUSLY easy compared to what was intended when they put up the first goal posts. There are kickers out there making 90% of their kicks. A guy could lead the league at less than 60% before the soccer style kickers came along. Jan Stenerud is the only kicker in the HOF and he’s ranked about 105th all time right now in terms of accuracy. The game has evolved and it’s been tweaked in every other way imaginable. Why are the goal posts so sacred that they can’t be made smaller?

    • Mike V

      Roughly 35% of all replayed calls since the beginning of replay have been overturned. That’s a pretty high number to me and supports your argument.

      • Joe

        and half the time they overturn a call, they shouldn’t…and half the time they dont they should…it is still a judgment call, so stick with the original call and deal with it…

    • Forbes St. Clair

      Bobzilla, while I agree that the NFL’s officiating is much to be desired, I will argue the NHL is far and away the worst officiated league in major sports. The clutch and grab is back in full effect, while inconsistencies and make up calls make this league frustrating. I do not watch the NBA, but from my limited understanding, the officiating stinks there as well.

      • Bobzilla

        You’re probably right. I only watch the NFL and college football. The problem with the NFL is that the powers-that-be have made the sport too complicated to offciate. The NFL embraces controversy. Controversy sparks debate and keeps the league in the spotlight.

      • Joe

        Hockey got better this year…Kerry Fraser retired!!!