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Let's Change The Way We Do Things!

Posted on: January 8, 2009 9:40 am
For the past week, talk radio in Indianapolis has been blazing with people calling in and calling for a change to the way the NFL does things.  The Colts loss, in overtime, to a team that made it in to the playoffs by the skin of its teeth, has some calling for a change to the way home games are awarded, to how overtime is handled in the playoffs.

Let me start by saying, boo hoo.

If you ask any player on the Indianapolis Colts about making changes to any of the above, you will get negative responses.

Let's address a 12-4 team going on the road to play against an 8-8 team.

I have heard a lot of people say that the Colts should never have had to go on the road to play the Chargers because of records, despite Division standings.  This is wrong.  I don't care how strong or week a division is. You have to give a division winner home field for at least one game.  You have to reward the division winner.

Besides, if you look at San Diego's record, and then the losses, they were not a bad team.  Most games were very close.  And the thing is, they did it when it mattered.

A game should not be decided on a coin flip is another thing that I have heard.  For this I wholeheartedly agree.

A team should never let a game be decided by a coin flip.  Both teams were aware of the rules of overtime.  To avoid losing in overtime, take care of business in regulation, then there will be no overtime to worry about.  If you get to overtime and lose the toss, your defense HAS to step up and make a stop!  You cannot blame anyone but yourself on the outcome.

The rules have been on the books forever.  The NFL is the best show on television, right now, because of the old saying, "Any Given Sunday."  And that is why you will not see any wholesale changes; nor should you.
Category: NFL

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2009 9:18 am

Let's Change The Way We Do Things!

A team has no one to blame for an overtime loss than themselves.

I agree 150%.  If a team loses, it's because they didn't play up to par with the other team.

You will have bad calls, bad bounces, injuries, conditions, and other things that may come in to play.  Those are all kind of built into the game.  Winning a football game requires that you face all of those conditions and persevere.

One of the worst comments, this year, was when Donovan McNabb said he was not aware that the game could end in a tie.  Like, if he would have know that, he would have played harder to win the game.
It comes down to doing what you need to do to win.  Last Saturday, the Colts didn't do that.  They didn't deserve the win.  And they have no one to blame but themselves.

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 7:04 pm

Let's Change The Way We Do Things!

You make a good point. I've never heard overtime argued that way.

If a team allows a game to go to overtime in the first place, then they have to deal with the risky nature of the process.

Personally, I don't see anything wrong with overtime anyway. I see overtime as a test of which team is more complete. Whether you test defense or offense first should be irrelevant. A football team should be balanced enough where they have complete confidence in both their offense and defense.

It's not like teams who win the coin flip are guaranteed to win the game. I heard it's something around 50/50 anyway, so there really isn't much reason to complain. A pick-6, blocked punt, blocked kick, or even a safety can end the game the other way. Each aforementioned moment provides intrigue and excitement to the game which you wouldn't be able to generate otherwise.

Once again, a defense should be as responsible for stopping the opposing team's offense when they need to. While you may or may not agree with what I'm arguing, one thing is clear:

A team has no one to blame for an overtime loss than themselves.

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