It Is Time The NFL Changed How Overtime Is Played

Ash AndersonContributor IOctober 18, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18: David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars scrambles during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 18, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

I am sure it has been said many times before but the NFL really should change how overtime is played. Too many games have been decided based solely on who wins the coin flip.

I write this article now because today I watched the game between the St. Louis Rams and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both teams gave it their all. St. Louis were looking to get a win this season and held the lead for a majority of the game. Jacksonville ended up going ahead with less than three minutes remaining before 27 yard field goal from Josh Brown was put through the uprights to send the game to OT.

Now here is my problem with the NFL's OT. The winner of the coin toss gets possession of the ball first and all they have to do is move it 50 yards so it is in field goal range. If said team gets the field goal the other team has no opportunity to even play in OT. It happened in today's game and it happened last week when Denver beat New England.

Now I believe that the NFL should change the ruling on overtime. Why make it so whoever scores a field goal automatically gets the win? Here's an idea... instead of stopping the clock and declaring a victory after a score give the other team the ball and tell them they have to do the same thing or they lose. Sort of a sudden death scenario. If team A scores a touchdown and converts, team B must also score a touchdown and convert.

Now when I thought of the above It seemed as though it could take a fair bit of time to actually find a winner. especially if there is no good defending in the game so I came up with a second idea, the simplest idea of them all. Instead of stopping the game after the score, play a full 15 minute overtime period. Whoever is winning after 15 extra minutes is the winner of the game.

I would like to know how the other writers on BR feel about this. Do you think the NFL should change its overtime rule or leave it as is?