The NFL Overtime Rule Change Causes Coaches Heartburn

March 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

New Orleans Saints coach head coach Sean Payton sat at the table looking as though he had lost his puppy somewhere in traffic. He looked uncomfortable answering questions. Looking like he wanted to be anywhere but where he was; at the annual NFL owners meeting.

Two months ago Payton was lifting the Lombardi trophy as if it were a two ounce piece of plastic with one arm and thrusting it into the air in celebration of the Saints Super Bowl victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Yet two months later he looked grim. Why? Because while the coaches were out playing in a golf tournament the owners voted 24-8 in favor of the new overtime rule which is to only be instituted in the playoffs. It's possible that by the May meetings the rule could extend to all games but the NFL will need to discuss this with the networks, as the networks don't want the 1 PM games going to 5 PM and taking up an hour of the 4 PM games.

Over the last few years there has been a growing concern that ...

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