As some of you may have heard, the NFL recently (and very swiftly) just passed a new overtime rule that starting next season, if a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball. If the game becomes tied again after that next series, play will continue under the current sudden-death rules. Team owners voted 28-4 on Tuesday in favor of the proposal at the NFL Annual Meeting. The Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens were against the change.
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The NFL should be ashamed of themselves, they let their nuts shrivel up and caved into the "entertainment" and desires of "fairness" in their game, and the football gods will make this league pay.
First off, I want you to look at the 4 teams that voted against the rule change.
Vikings, Bills, Bengals, Ravens.
What do they all have in common? All four of those teams have perennially been strong defensive units. They have a fundamental philosophy to play a strong defense at all times. Defense, the last time I checked is one part of the 3 fundamentals of football...offense & special teams being the other. So I'm supposed to feel bad for you that your team got marched down the field by the opposing team's offense so you DESERVE a chance to score one more time?
YOU HAD 60 MINUTES OF FOOTBALL TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING! MAN UP AND PLAY SOME DEFENSE!
I'm sorry for that all caps, but I had to do it. Now, I can understand that in the current setup of "The League" is that this game we call football has heavily skewed towards offense, which I understand. It keeps butts in the seats, it keeps advertisers happy, and for some, makes the game more enjoyable. So defenses have had to adjust on how they stop the other team. However, this is how the game evolves...the Ravens have always had an elite defense and they've continued to tweak their system to change with the game. Tell some of these wack @$$ teams who play no defense to simply do better.
The fact of the matter is, the NFL sold out. They wanted to make sure that the game was fair, and both sides had a chance. This is not little league, not everyone needs to get a chance.
Here are the facts: (By the way, I'm calling major BS by the NFL for using "1994" as the barometer)
Since 1994, teams winning the coin toss win the game 59.8 percent of the time.
The team that loses the toss wins the game 38.5 percent in that 15-year span.
There have only been THREE games in which a team won their playoff game in the opening possession.Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley doesn't like the rule change, thus making me now a fan of his. "I just think that they should keep it like it is," he said. "It makes things interesting. Some people don't like the coin toss, but that's just the way it goes. If you're on defense first and you don't have the ball, you've just got to stop them."
You hear that! JUST PLAY SOME DAMN DEFENSE AND WIN THE GAME! If anyone taught us this lesson inexplicably it was the Arizona Cardinals in one of the most exciting games I've watched in a long long time when they played the Green Bay Packers in the 2010 Wild Card Playoff Game. The game was tied at 45 and the Packers received the ball first in OT. Now mind you...they each scored FORTY-FIVE points in the game! The defenses were struggling, and the offenses were kicking ass. What did the Arizona Cardinals decide to do? Play some damn defense.
Now, if the Arizona Cardinals can do it...why can't your funky @$$ team do it too?