19 May, 2017
Back in March, NFL owners almost made it official that preseason and regular-season overtime would be reduced from 15 to 10 minutes.
I have my own proposal: Get rid of regular-season overtime! The league should make all injured reserve players eligible to return at some point. It began back in 2012, when they said that teams could pick a player who would be allowed to go to IR for eight weeks and then return to the roster.
At league meeting next week, NFL owners will vote on proposal to allow a second player to come off IR in season. Being placed on IR meant the season was over for that injured player if he wasn't given the return designation, or the designation was given to someone else.
I don't think many fans, coaches, or members of the National Football League office will have any issues at all with a second player having the ability to return from IR.
What's your take? Is this a good move for the NFL? Both the NBA and college basketball do 5 minute OT periods in regular and postseason play, while extra time in soccer is 30 minutes (as opposed to another 45 minutes). Seattle and Arizona tied in Week 7, while Washington and Cincinnati tied in Week 8.
Now teams can actually think about the clock and time of possession in overtime, rather than just going drive by drive to score or match the first score. In 2008 at home vs the Eagles, in 2014 at home vs the Panthers and in 2016 vs Washington in London, the Bengals ended their games in a tie. It probably won't affect many games, but those it does affect will be ties.