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New NFL Overtime Rules Could Expand Into Regular Season – SportsUntapped.com
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Added March 25th, 2010 by Scott

New NFL Overtime Rules Could Expand Into Regular Season
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The NFL’s Annual Meetings sure have been eventful. One day after passing the new playoff overtime format comes word that the issue will be tabled again in May to decide whether or not to implement the rules for regular season games. Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie summed up the feelings of the majority of owners:

“It’s a better system, so why not have a better system every game?”

While the guys who sign the checks may love the changes, some coaches are none too pleased with how matters went down. Like for instance Saints head honcho Sean Payton, who expressed his displeasure to SI’s Peter King:

“I hate it,” Payton, speaking from the annual NFC Coaches breakfast, told [King] on Sirius NFL Radio. “I’m not a big fan of the rule that was implemented… The old system was an asset, not a liability.”

Gee, I wonder if Sean is upset because his team took direct advantage of the old system in beating the Vikings for the NFC Championship. Yeah, that’s probably it. Although, ironically, the Vikings were one of four teams to vote against the plan, so I guess they weren’t too pissed about losing.

Anyway, it’s a safe bet to assume that the new overtime is here to stay and will likely be expanded to include regular season games. Again, I have no issue with this. However, why not give each team a possession even if a touchdown is scored on the opening drive? It would add to the excitement if the team down by seven has to get in the end zone in order for the game to continue.

Oh well. Baby steps. There’s always next year’s Annual Meetings.

 
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