The Eagles and Colts have proposed an NFL Rule Change to fix overtime (again)
Earlier this morning, Adam Schefter tweeted out that the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts both agreed on a proposed rule change for the 2022 season. That of course, is the current format for overtime games in the NFL.
The National Football League needs to figure out a better format for overtime and luckily, the Eagles are on the right side of the street in trying to enforce a rule change.
Eagles New Rule Change Proposal
The Eagles and Colts are making a renewed effort to allow both teams in overtime to possess the football. Wow, what an innovative concept. I honestly can’t believe there is only two teams that are pushing to make it happen.
Last years playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills is a perfect example of how bad the current NFL rules are for overtime. How on Earth can anyone thing that a coin flip is the best way to decide who touches the ball first and has the opportunity to win the game is beyond me.
Both teams need an opportunity to get the football and score a touchdown. Period. Not even up for debate. I don’t even know how people argue against this rule change. Are there people out there that really think teams just need to “play defense” to prevent the other team from scoring in order to have a chance to win the game? Can’t be.
At the very least, go to the college football format for NFL overtime. The NCAA just amended their overtime format again last season and the NFL needs to follow suit.
College Overtime Rules
The NCAA has capped the number of traditional overtime periods — in which each team gets the ball at the 25-yard line and tries to score — at two. If the score is still tied after two such periods, each team alternates two-point conversion attempts from the 3-yard line until one team scores and stops the other from doing so.
Teams also must attempt a two-point conversion after a touchdown when a game reaches the second overtime period.
This isn’t hard. Lurie and the Eagles have been trying to get these rules updated for years at this point and I can’t figure out why other teams aren’t joining the Eagles and Colts in leading the charge to make it happen.
We can also just scrap the Titans rule change proposal. You either join the Eagles and Colts or sit this one out, Tennessee. No reason to further complicate things.