There has been a debate over the NFL’s sudden death overtime rule for a long time and after suffering a loss in the AFC Championship, the Kansas City Chiefs are looking to alter the rule.
Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said on PFT Live, Chiefs coach Andy Reid is working on a proposal to change the overtime rules and guarantee that each team would get an offensive possession.
“Coach is working on that,” Veach said. “I think everybody wants a chance for guys to do what they do. I don’t really see the downside of having that. Especially when you have a player like Pat Mahomes. It would have been a lot of fun. I think people, if they weren’t already tuned in for a great game, would have turned on that overtime.”
The rules are the rules and nothing can change the past outcome of games. There is no dwelling on what may have been if the rules had been different but the NFL probably should have done a better job when they made an amendment to the rule a few years back. A rule change guaranteeing both teams get an opportunity to score would extend games and maybe change some game strategies but nobody wants to see their team lose a tightly contested game over a coin flip.
Perhaps Reid should have dished it off to another team to make the proposal. It is a legitimate request but you don’t want to appear salty after taking a loss. Of course the law of averages would suggest should they make another amendment, the Patriots would likely end up on the receiving end and someone will put in a complaint that the rule shouldn’t have been changed again in the first place.