By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Chiefs’ proposal to change the NFL’s overtime rules will have to wait another year.
According to multiple reports out of the NFL owner’s meeting in Florida, the proposal has been pushed back to next year and won’t be discussed for the 2019 season. Per Albert Breer of The MMQB, the Chiefs’ idea didn’t have enough support around the league to be worth holding a vote.
Falcons president/competition committee chairman Rich McKay and NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said (via Albert Breer) that the proposal will be reconsidered next year. It could lead to implementing the rule exclusively for the playoffs rather than the entire season.
Kansas City originally proposed to change the overtime rules to guarantee a possession for each team. It came after the Chiefs’ season ended at the hands of the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. New England won the coin toss to begin overtime, then drove 65 yards for an opening-drive touchdown to win the game and advance to Super Bowl LIII.
The Chiefs’ unwarranted acrimony over the AFC Title Game is obvious at this point. Too obvious for their proposal to be taken seriously. Apparently most of the league feels similarly.
They had their chances
It’s worth noting that the Chiefs did have real opportunities to get the ball in overtime, forcing three third-and-10 situations. Tom Brady converted them all, hitting Julian Edelman twice and Rob Gronkowski for a pass that set the Patriots up at the Chiefs’ 15-yard line.
Apparently, the Chiefs also didn’t see what happened in the NFC Championship Game between the Saints and Rams. Independent of the pass interference controversy that helped lead to overtime in the first place, the Rams and Saints both possessed the ball in OT. Rams safety intercepted Saints quarterback Drew Brees, then kicker Greg Zuerlein sent L.A. to the Super Bowl with a game-winning 57-yard field goal.
It appears that most of the NFL is fine with how the overtime rules are set up right now. But for now, the Chiefs aren’t getting their way.
Much like you could have told them after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, there’s always next year.
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