Wilf, McNair take opposite sides on OT proposal


Senior writer Steve Wyche pulled double duty at the NFL Annual Meeting on Monday, reporting for NFL Total Access on the reaction among owners on the proposed playoff overtime rules change.

Earlier Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offered his support to the modified rules, saying it has the “potential to be a better system.”

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and Texans chairman & CEO Robert McNair offered their takes on the proposal.

“I feel in the tradition of the game, sudden death always was something that appealed to the fans as an exciting aspect of the game and was unique for football,” said Wilf, whose Vikings would have benefited from such a rule in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Saints. “I’m for a proposal that’s consistent for the whole year. ”

Added McNair: “I’m in favor of the changes that the competition committee is talking about. I think it creates more excitement. I’d like to see each team have at least one possession, ultimately. This would not get you completely there, but you would have a much better chance of two possessions in overtime.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft also supports the change — adding he’d like to see it throughout the season —¬†joining Colts president Bill Polian and Giants president and CEO John Mara (both on the competition committee), among others, in favor of the modified rule.

The rules change would require 24 votes to be approved. A vote is expected to take place Wednesday.

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