The NFL, never a stranger to changing the rules in the offseason, has apparently been looking at shortening overtime periods from 15 to 10 minutes. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, speaking Thursday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” isn’t a big fan of that proposal which is expected to be approved by the league next week.
The concern from one side of it is limiting the amount of time that players are on the field, but Brees believes it could result in more ties during the regular season.
One suggestion that Brees seems to be on board with? Changing the rules to mirror that of the NCAA, where both teams get at least one possession no matter what happens and drives begin at the defense’s 25-yard line.
“I like it. I like it. I mean, it’s exciting, right?” Brees said. “And you’re limiting the number of plays as well when you give a team the ball at the 20-, 25-yard line. And they’re already in the red zone, they’re already in scoring position, whether it’s a field goal or a touchdown. I think you’re reducing the numbers of plays, it’s exciting for fans, you know it’s situational football. So I wouldn’t be opposed to us doing something like that.”
Finding a way to end overtime games quicker is a win-win solution, although whether or not ties have become a problem in the NFL or not is a debatable point. In the last seven seasons, only five games have finished in tie — two of which came in the 2016 season.