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He says the Competition Committee will take a serious look at changing the rules of OT. Let me state that I am in favor of a tweak to the rules but you must have special teams involved. No college rules by just placing the ball a specified yard line. He also suggested to move the kickoffs up to ensure that teams would have to go farther to score is not a bad idea.. I don't think you have to tinker with the kickoffs though.

What I propose is a simple remedy

1. Time the OT quarter as usual 15:00 minutes

2. Each team is ensured a possession

3. If the first team to get the ball scores a field goal or a touchdown the opposing team is given the opportunity to match that if they don't the game is over if they do then the game becomes sudden death.

One other suggestion I heard that might not be bad is basically the same as I suggested above except it does'nt become sudden death but just a you match or beat it game like in college but include the kickoffs and it will still be timed.

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He says the Competition Committee will take a serious look at changing the rules of OT. Let me state that I am in favor of a tweak to the rules but you must have special teams involved. No college rules by just placing the ball a specified yard line. He also suggested to move the kickoffs up to ensure that teams would have to go farther to score is not a bad idea.. I don't think you have to tinker with the kickoffs though.

What I propose is a simple remedy

1. Time the OT quarter as usual 15:00 minutes

2. Each team is ensured a possession

3. If the first team to get the ball scores a field goal or a touchdown the opposing team is given the opportunity to match that if they don't the game is over if they do then the game becomes sudden death.

One other suggestion I heard that might not be bad is basically the same as I suggested above except it does'nt become sudden death but just a you match or beat it game like in college but include the kickoffs and it will still be timed.

This is EXACTLY like the AFL overtime! I think this is the way to go and if this goes through we no longer will have to listen to the crap about an "unfair" overtime (it's not all that unfair and honestly I could live the way it is but this is likely the best compromise)

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Keep it sudden death but just contiue the game from where it left off in regulation. Treat it like a regular quarter change over like from the 3rd and 4th.

That would certainly make it harder to manage time outs.

I support the college rule, but start the drives at the 40 so field goals aren't guaranteed.

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No, NFL. Please keep sudden death.

If your team's defense can't stop the other team to begin overtime, then you don't deserve to win!

Agree 100%. This is kind of an insult to defenses. Also if two teams are playing and neither can figure out a way to win in 60 minutes, then the game deserves to be swayed by a coinflip.

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Defenses can do a great job. What's not being said by the commish is that OT being decided by a FG on the first possession is lame. Some of the circumstances setting up these kicks, such as questionable pass interference calls, takes the air out of what was a great battle in regulation. Most OT games come with chatter about how OT is handled. Too large a segment of the fanbase is unhappy with how these games are handled, and this is justification for exploring a better way.

That said, my prediction is the NFL will do nothing.

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Someone posted this idea on the last thread debating NFL overtime, and the more I think of it, the more I like it: a "win by four" rule, whereby a team in overtime must take at least a 4-point lead (two field goals, a touchdown, a field goal and a safety, etc.) to win. If no team takes a 4-point lead during the OT period, at the end of the extra 15 minutes whichever team leads wins the game. If the score after 75 minutes is still tied, the game's a tie.

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Someone posted this idea on the last thread debating NFL overtime, and the more I think of it, the more I like it: a "win by four" rule, whereby a team in overtime must take at least a 4-point lead (two field goals, a touchdown, a field goal and a safety, etc.) to win. If no team takes a 4-point lead during the OT period, at the end of the extra 15 minutes whichever team leads wins the game. If the score after 75 minutes is still tied, the game's a tie.

I'm laying claim to this idea, since Will posted it before I got the chance to do it. ^_^

This is, in essence, a tweak of the old WLAF rule, which was first to 6.

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I've made my schpiel about this but my preference is have them play a set overtime period. Since most other "timed" sports' OT periods are half a quarter I propose an 8-minute overtime. Game is played normally during those 8-minutes. If it's still tied, another 8 minute overtime. Repeat until there is a winner.

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Like others have said...keep it the way it is. Your allowed to play defense also. I don't like the 4 point idea because you are changing the game. For 90 years field goals have always counted, why shouldn't they count in overtime. I just can't wait for the first Super Bowl overtime. That will finally prove once and for all that the OT rule is fine the way it is.

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As for wanting no more ties in the pre-season, I could care less. It's pre-season, and has absolutely no affect to me.

The idea of having 8 minute overtime periods is somewhat intriguing, however, one team could keep posession of the ball for the entire period and win. Of course, as the Steelers proved against San Diego 3 weeks ago, one team could posess the ball for almost an entire 15 minute period as well.

I used to believe that each team having the ball once would be a fair thing to do for OT, however, after reading so many posts and listening to so many arguments from so many people, including pre-game hosts, I am inclined to say keep it as it is. If the defense cannot stop the team with the ball on the opening drive in OT, then that team deserves to lose. The way the game is played, and the way scoring works does not lend itself to a full 15 minute overtime period solution, the way a 5 minute ot period in basketball or hockey can. Furthermore, could you imagine if a team had to play 2 or more overtime games a month? The method being used by the NFL has been used now for over half a century. The defensive unit is part of the team as a whole. Sudden death gives it an element of suspense and excitement. The notion of the commish wanting to move the ball up farther on kickoffs is intriguing, but to me, it would seem that in doing so, you will get many more touchbacks. Of course, kicking off from the 40 instead of the 30 might entice the kicking team to risk a suprise onside kick.

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I really don't mind the way it is now but with so many fans complaining how unfair it is and so many teams that win the toss winning on the first possession 47% of the time the Commish sounds like they are seriously considering a tweak. Maybe it is as simple as moving up the kickoffs. I still say a nice compromise is each team gets a possession then it moves to sudden death. Also if the team that wins the toss fails to score when the second team gets the ball they are basically in a sudden death situation anyways , if they score it's over. That to me is the fairest then you would'nt have to mess with the kickoffs either.

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No, NFL. Please keep sudden death.

If your team's defense can't stop the other team to begin overtime, then you don't deserve to win!

Agree 100%. This is kind of an insult to defenses. Also if two teams are playing and neither can figure out a way to win in 60 minutes, then the game deserves to be swayed by a coinflip.

Completely disagree. It's not about defenses stopping the other team. It's about the fact that you're asking two teams to do two different things to win the game. One team has to take the ball and score. The other team has to stop the other team, then take the ball and score. And how are we going to judge which team has to stop the other of defense and then score while they're on offense? The flip of a coin. I don't know what the answer is, but I know it's not keeping it the way it is. Some system where both teams have the same requirements and opportunities to win is what I want to see.

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Keep it sudden death but just contiue the game from where it left off in regulation. Treat it like a regular quarter change over like from the 3rd and 4th.

That would certainly make it harder to manage time outs.

I support the college rule, but start the drives at the 40 so field goals aren't guaranteed.

I agree, I always like college footbals overtime rules, Ilike the idea of starting on the 40, or maybe even the 50. I dont like the fact that the opposing team doesnt get a chance at offense, if the first team scores on their 1st drive. I also hate ties.

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