Giants’ Mara supports overtime changes

Another member of the NFL Competition Committee has come out to publicly support changes to playoff overtime rules. Giants president and CEO John Mara hopes he and the other owners can pass a modified overtime rule.

Mara doesn’t sound optimistic, though.

“I still think it’s an uphill battle because you have to get 24 votes to change it,” Mara told Bob Glauber of Newsday. “I don’t know if there are enough people around the league willing to change the current system.”

Mara’s skepticism will be put to the test this week when owners vote on Wednesday.  We’ve heard one report already supporting his theory, as Vikings beat writer Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune tweeted  Sunday that Minnesota is one of the teams not in favor of the change. The Vikings, of course, were the team that lost the NFC title game to the Saints without getting a possession in overtime.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher, a co-chairman of the committee, came out this week as in favor of the changes.

NFL.com senior columnist Vic Carucci previewed this week’s meetings with a look at the proposed changes, saying while it’s a great first step, it doesn’t go far enough to address the problem.

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