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I Object to the New Overtime Rules



I Object to the New Overtime Rules

This is the most idiotic rule change I have heard of in a long time. 

1) You don't change the rules for the playoffs. You just don't. Not this drastically. Overtime should be an extension of the same game, not a "lightning round." If anything, there should be a 15-minute overtime period.

2) Both teams have always had an equal chance to win. One team gets possession, the other team gets the field position advantage. You want to win after losing the coin toss? Easy. Just play some defense. Most teams could use some work in this area, but there's also this problem...

3) You want to know why the team that wins the flip wins the game 59.8% of the time? It's because of the restrictive rules on defense. Of course, if you call ticky-tack pass interference calls during the whole game, offenses are going to have an advantage. Overtime doesn't need fixing. If anything needs fixing, it's the rules that give the offense a free pass to score on that first possession.

I'm so upset with this notion that the teams don't have an equal chance to win the game. Losing the coin toss is only a disadvantage if your defense sucks and if your defense sucks, you deserve to lose. If you kick a touchback and force the other team to punt, you should end up about 25 yards away from field goal range, wheras the receiving team needs about 45.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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