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How has the competition committee decided with regards to overtime rules of the NFL

How has the competition committee decided with regards to overtime rules of the NFL

After further review, the NFL overtime rules won’t change.

NFL competition committee co chairman Rich McKay, speaking on a national conference call, said there will be no adjustment to the current overtime rules. The committee met for 10 days in Naples, Fla., and after consulting players and conducting a leaguewide survey of the 32 clubs, there wasn’t enough support to make any proposal to change the current overtime rules, which were created to minimize the chance of ties.

There has been a recent push by fans for each team to have a possession in overtime. Players expressed concerns about safety issues if the current rules were to be changed. McKay said there has been a growing concern about the increasing number of games decided on the first possession after the overtime coin toss.

In 2008, the team that won the coin toss also won the game on the first overtime series 43.4 percent of the time. Overall, the team that won the coin toss also won the game 63 percent of the time regardless of the number of overtime possessions.

In other competitive items that will be discussed at next week’s owners meeting in Dana Point, Calif., the committee recommended a reseeding proposal for the draft order in future years. Under the proposal, the 20 teams that didn’t make the playoffs would be seeded based on their record as it is currently formatted. The change would involve teams making the playoffs. Those playoffs teams would be seeded in slots 21 through 32 but they would drop in the positions based on how long they lasted in the playoffs.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have proposed a reseeding change in the playoffs that would reward non division winners with better records with a higher playoff seed than division winners with worse records.

In 2008, the Kansas City Chiefs proposed a rule change to limit the amount of hair coming out of a helmet, but the Chiefs didn’t resubmit that proposal this year, and it will not be discussed at the owners meeting.

INDIANAPOLIS Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay doesn’t like hearing people say the overtime coin toss usually determines the winner. He’s even more unhappy seeing statistics back it up.

McKay, who’s also the co chairman of the NFL’s competition committee, said Wednesday he believes the group needs to discuss possible overtime rules changes, even though there might not be overwhelming support to change it.

“Sudden death is a good procedure. It’s fun, and everyone knows the rules,” McKay said. “I would like to see the stats change because I don’t like the fact that that the team winning the coin flip now wins 60 percent of the time, and the team winning the coin flip, 40 plus percent of the time, wins it on the first possession.”

Those numbers have increased in recent years in part, some believe, because of other rules changes. The league has moved kickoffs back to the 30 yard line and brings in new balls for kicks to reduce loft and distance, hoping to reduce touchbacks and give returners a better chance at long runbacks.

The current overtime rules encourage teams to play for field goals usually by attempting short, risk averse drives. One possible change discussed was moving kickoffs in overtime further up to force longer drives in overtime.

The committee, which met in Indianapolis before the NFL Scouting Combine begins Thursday, won’t meet again until next month.

But with no formal proposal and surveys showing that many coaches support the format established in 1974 to reduce ties, there’s no guarantee any changes will be made for the 2009 season.

McKay didn’t offer any suggestions, and the committee has generally been opposed to adopting an overtime structure similar to the one used in college and high school football, where teams alternate possessions deep in opposing territory until they determine a winner. It can be heart stopping for fans and players, but the format has produced some marathon games the NCAA record is seven. Those epics had 14 possessions albeit short ones after regulation.

That could be a problem in the NFL, where players aren’t teenagers, and rosters are tiny by comparison.

“The thing is it is relatively quick I think we averaged about 16 plays per overtime period this year,” McKay said. “You don’t want to add more plays because it’s a long season, and we don’t want to promote ties.”

Tennessee Titans’ coach Jeff Fisher, the other committee co chairman, agrees with those points and believes the league needs more study to find out if the most recent numbers are an anomaly or a trend that could help determine whether changes are needed.

“I think it’s a system we’re all used to, and you’re always concerned when a random coin toss determines the outcome of a game,” he said.

But it has worked for more than three decades, and while it’s clearly an imperfect system, nobody is willing to say it needs an overhaul yet.

“We’ll keep working through it, and I’m sure the membership will be discussing something,” McKay said. “I think the membership surveys say most are generally accepting of what we have now, so I don’t see a clamoring for a change.”

NFL competition committee co chairman Rich McKay, speaking on a national conference call, said there will be no adjustment to the current overtime rules. The committee met for 10 days in Naples, Fla., and after consulting players and conducting a leaguewide survey of the 32 clubs, there wasn’t enough support to make any proposal to change the current overtime rules, which were created to minimize the chance of ties.

There has been a recent push by fans for each team to have a possession in overtime. Players expressed concerns about safety issues if the current rules were to be changed. McKay said there has been a growing concern about the increasing number of games decided on the first possession after the overtime coin toss.

NFL Power Rankings Updated

NFL Power Rankings Updated

One of the biggest disappointing scenarios of the upcoming NFL playoffs is that perhaps the hottest team in the league won t be involved. Unless Pluto and the 37th moon of Jupiter, Eurydome, line up with the part in Jeff Fisher s mustache, the Tennessee Titans will be sitting at home during the postseason. Their eight wins in the last 10 contests is enough, however, to push them to No. 6 overall in the power rankings.

Meanwhile in the NFC, we have five teams that haven t won eight games all year who still have a shot of getting in. In fact, one of those five is guaranteed to collect a wild card berth. And to make matters worse, the Seattle Seahawks could finish with an 8 8 record should they lose again this week, and they already have a slot locked up since they clinched their division last weekend.

It just doesn t seem right for a team playing as well as the Titans are right now to miss out on the playoffs. But it goes to show you that games in September are every bit as important as those played in December. Read more.