NFL owners are expected to make a drastic rule change that would shorten overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees isn’t a fan of the potential new rule.
During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Brees said he doesn’t like the rule because there will be more ties in the regular season.
“I’m not sure what the thought process was going into it, but just from what I see I would disagree with it because more games are going to end in ties now,” Brees said. “That additional five minutes, especially where the rules changed, to where in essence both teams get a possession, unless someone goes down and scores a touchdown right away.
“So I think what we already saw with the new rules of, a field goal can’t win it on the first possession, we’ve seen more ties.”
Brees said he prefers college overtime to the NFL OT rules because it reduces the number of plays and allows teams to start in the red zone for more scoring opportunities. And both teams get the same number or possessions.
After how they lost Super Bowl LI, Atlanta Falcons fans probably agree with Brees.
Under current rules in the regular season, there are 15 minutes on the clock as if the teams were playing a fifth quarter. If the team with first possession scores a touchdown, the game is over. If the team with the first possession kicks a field goal, the opposing team has a chance to tie or score a TD to win the game.
The first touchdown wins, but often teams settle for field goals. There were two games that ended in a tie last season. Shortening the length of the quarter would almost certainly result in more ties, which no one enjoys.
(h/t CBS Sports)