Russell Wilson has a crazy idea to make sure the NFL never sees another game end in a tie.
According to Wilson’s proposal, games still tied after extra time would have one more toss.
The winner would attempt either a long field goal or the opponent would attempt with play on the line.
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has a radical idea to make sure NFL games never end in a tie again.
Appearing as a guest on ESPN2’s “Manning Cast” of Monday night’s Raiders-Ravens game, Wilson proposed a system to brothers Peyton Manning and Eli Manning that would take games that ended in a tie, and put them in the kickers spell instead.
Wilson’s pitch began when the quarterback trio expressed frustration with the Raiders and Ravens game potentially ending in a tie as the game went into overtime.
“You play 15 minutes, an extra quarter, or however long that extra overtime is, and then if no one scores, we all end up tied and go home?” Wilson said.
“I have a crazy idea. Picture that here. Imagine we’ve been through all of this, that 10 minute overtime, or whatever, no one has scored. You come back for another draw. Make the draw. toss.… The Raiders come out for a second toss and they win it.
“So now you have a choice, for a kick – are we going to hit it, or are they going to hit it? You have to hit it 35, or maybe 40.”
On Twitter, fan reaction to Wilson’s proposal was mixed at best.
Unfortunately for Wilson, his chance to elaborate on his overtime fix was cut short when ESPN abruptly interrupted a commercial break that the Manning brothers were only aware of at the last minute. Still, Wilson has given enough explanation to get the gist of his idea.
After 10 minutes of overtime, another toss would leave the winning team with a final decision: kick or let the other team kick. If the basket is scored, the kicking team wins, if it misses it loses.
That’s a pretty drastic change, but given how many great games football fans have watched somehow determined by attempted placement over time, that wouldn’t be a way. quite strange to end a match decisively.
Wilson even got the lineup close enough to where he needs to be to choose whether to kick or be sent off against a real question. According to Football Perspective’s analysis, the field goal success rate from 54 to 57 yards hovered around 60% looking at all kicks from 2014 to 2018. That success rate fell to just over 40% at a distance of 58 to 61 meters.
If the ball was placed on the 40-yard line, teams would end up with a kick of about 57 yards with the play on the line. For teams like the Ravens who have one of the most powerful kickers in football history in Justin Tucker at their disposal, it would be obvious to give it a go themselves. But for teams that were shaking on the kick or potentially facing a team in the middle of a disaster on the kick, the option of sending the kick to the other team might also be tempting.
Like the rules around kickoff, pass interference, and the definition of a catch, the NFL overtime rules have been a hot issue for some time. Wilson may not have settled it, but his contribution to the debate was certainly interesting.
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