While the Combine typically is about the draft prospects, it’s inevitable other NFL business creeps into the conversation.
According to NFL.com, NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello said there will be a discussion at next week’s league meetings about how overtime is conducted in the postseason.
Under the proposed new rules, both teams would get the ball at least once unless the first team with the ball scores a touchdown. If the first team with the ball makes a field goal and the other team ties the game, action would continue until a team scores again.
What should be grabbing everyone’s attention is the fact that Brett Favre never got a chance to touch the football in the overtime period in the NFC Championship game against New Orleans.
Even though there have been tons of overtime NFL games where the star quarterback never saw the field in the fifth quarter, because it happened to Saint Favre, the NFL now is interested in doing something about it.
It’s not a debatable point that Favre always has operated under his own set of rules, including how the media deals with him. This latest bit is not surprising in the least.
Favre is one of those rare athletes, and personalities, that somehow has garnered a unique place within their own sport that makes them immune to any shots fired across their bows, or being subject to the normal rules other players are subject to.
Like Michael Jordan in basketball, the game revolves around Favre when he’s playing. Favre gets calls other quarterbacks don’t get.
Tom Brady also falls under this umbrella since the NFL has rewritten the rulebooks at least twice in his career due to his various predicaments. (Tuck Rule, Anyone?)
Favre also gets to decide when and where he wants to play, including whether or not he’s going to show up for training camp.
The only other professional player I can think of who wielded that kind of power was Roger Clemens, who spent his last few years waiting until the weather warmed up in May to start playing.
So while the fans have spent a good part of the last decade howling for changes to the overtime format, pretty much ever since the National Championship thriller between Ohio State and Miami, the NFL didn’t think any changes were needed–that is until Favre didn’t get to play.
The NFL Competition Committee will discuss the proposed changes in Orlando March 21-24. At least two thirds of the NFL teams must agree to the change for it to take affect.