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NFL coaches split on whether to change overtime rules

Andy Reid, head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs football team, speaks to reporters during a coaches press conference at the NFL Owners Meeting, Monday, March 28, 2022, at the complex The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

Rebecca Blackwell | PA

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh doesn’t want to be part of a new overtime rule. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is undecided.

“I would like to see a change,” McDermott said Monday at the NFL’s annual meetings.

NFL owners are set to consider proposals that require both teams to own the ball in extra time The debate comes after a classic playoff game between the Chiefs and Bills ended in overtime after that Kansas City scored on the first possession.

The current rule, known as Rule 16, allows each team to own the ball in extra play unless the club receiving the opening kickoff scores a touchdown. If the opening shot results in a field goal, the opposing team has the option to tie the score or win with a touchdown. If there is a turnover, the first team to score wins.

The Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles proposals suggest that both teams should own the ball in overtime whether or not a touchdown is scored on the first possession. a two-point conversion to win.

The rule has been in place for the playoffs for 12 years. In 2012, the league extended the format to the regular season. To change the rule again, 24 of the 32 NFL owners must approve the Rule 16 change.

“I like to avoid overtime as much as possible,” Ravens coach Harbaugh joked.

But then he got serious.

“I’m not for them, added Harbaugh. I don’t think adding games at the end of the game is the solution. I don’t think extending games is the solution.”

Kansas City coach Reid smiled when asked about the rule. He recalled the Chiefs’ 2019 overtime loss to the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots in the playoffs. The Patriots won the toss and eliminated the Chiefs after an opener. But he also recalled his team’s victory in January over the Bills, when the Chiefs benefited from Rule 16.

“I don’t know exactly where I am,” said Reid, chairman of the coaching subcommittee that helped shape NFL rule changes. “I saw it worked both ways. It worked the way we did.”

Last week, Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay – chairman of the NFL’s competition committee – said “data and analysis” supported a change to Rule 16. He noted that there are had had 12 post-season overtimes since the current rule was implemented, adding that the side winning the coin toss have won 10. Seven of those wins came in the first practice, including the victory of the Chiefs on the Bills in January.

Getting 24 votes on Tuesday will be tough and “a pretty big hill to climb the first time around,” McKay said.

Don’t forget the defense either.

“There’s defense on the other side of the ball,” Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith told CNBC. had those rules in place for that long period of time.”

He added, however, “But I think change is always good too.”


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