So What Are We Going To Do About Overtime?

A lot of fuss is being made about the NFL’s overtime rules after this past weekend and I think I’ve found a solution.

First, I’m not mad about any of the outcomes this weekend. It seems the fans of the losing team are the biggest advocates for a change but I’m not here for the bitterness. I’m here for making a change that makes the most sense and because I like to spend way more time than necessary thinking about a subject that has no immediate impact on my life whatsoever. 

This is a two part NFL overtime rule change proposal (someone call Roger Goodell and tell him not to worry, I got this.).

Part 1: No overtime in the regular season.

The biggest counter argument to not changing the rules is always “well play better in regulation and it won’t matter.” I like this theory… sort of. I like it enough to influence the regular season. We’re done with regular season overtime. I’ll add it to the player safety initiative the NFL likes to claim is important to them. Ties change nothing in the grand scheme of things. Teams are still going to the playoffs based on record. We all just need to get over the fact that it might be a smidge harder to do the math for a season. “But Corey, isn’t it about winning games?” Yes, and your team should have played better in regulation. Ties change nothing and I’m just on this mountain now.

Part 2: Playoff overtime will now follow college rules but from farther away.

In college overtime, teams start from the 25 yard line. If the first teams scores, the other team has a chance to equal or surpass that score. If they surpass the original score, game over. If they equal the original score, double overtime and the second team gets to go first. It’s exciting but it’s too close to the endzone for the NFL. That’s why I propose they play college overtime rules from their own 40 yard line. Each team must go 60 yards for a touchdown. And more importantly, you have to work to get into field goal range. Imagine the excitement of the Patriots kicking a nice an easy field goal for a three point lead and then Kansas City on fourth and a yard, try to decide if they should go for it or try to bang home a 57 yarder to tie! There’s no punting. Everyone is on equal footing. The one extra wrinkle I’d add is PATs are not allowed in overtime. You must go for two.

And that’s how you fix the NFL’s overtime rules. I’ll be sending in my application to be NFL commissioner next week.

About Corey Tackmann