NFL’s Competition Commission Considers Changing OT . Rules

INDIANAPOLIS – All the Buffalo Bills want in January is one more chance to beat Kansas City.

Now they’re trying to make sure no NFL team starts the season like it did.

On Tuesday, more than a month after suffering a loss in the AFC group stage without ever touching the ball in extra time, Bills General Manager Brandon Beane backed a proposal to change the league’s post-season rules fight.

“Ours is going to be more than one possession and then you get another possession, which is a period of time, similar to that in basketball, where you play five minutes.

“Baseball, both teams get the top and bottom halves (of an inning). So a time limit, and I’m just talking about post-season. That way, both teams will definitely have a chance and maybe even have more than one possession.”

Beane acknowledged the league’s competition committee could make multiple proposals during this week’s meeting at the annual NFL scouting complex in Indianapolis, joking that there could be one from all 32 teams. No decisions are expected this week.

And it’s not just the current Bills that are jumping.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott speaks during a press conference.
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott speaks during a press conference.
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Colts coach Frank Reich, the former quarterback who orchestrated the NFL’s greatest comeback of his tenure at Buffalo, also supported the move. Reich was a freshman committee member and wasn’t sure what that could include.

“It’s basically something that’s going to guarantee ownership for each team,” Reich said. “My opinion is that I think both teams have ownership. But I can see both sides of it. You have 60 minutes to win a game, so win the game. Or play defensively”.

The NFL last changed its overtime rules in 2010 after complaining that coin flips often determine winners. Under the current system, if possession of the opening extra time results in a touch of the ball or a defensive point, the game is over. That’s what happened to Buffalo.

But if possession of the opener results in a goal on the field, then the opposing team has a chance to equalize or win the game. Those rules apply for the entire season.

And now the Bills want every playoff team to get one last chance.

“I think, going through what we’ve been through overall, I think there’s a better way out there,” said Bills coach Sean McDermott. “We have some ideas and I think they will help move the game forward. And we’ll see where it goes.” NFL’s Competition Commission Considers Changing OT . Rules


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