ORLANDO, Fla. – The new overtime playoff rule change was not welcome by all coaches, some of whom were not pleased that the vote, which owners approved 28-4, took place earlier than expected and while many of them were out golfing.
Coaches did not have a vote, but some felt duped that owners opted to move forward knowing a lot of coaches would be outside of the Ritz-Carlton Resort where the meetings are being held.
“Kind of interesting the vote could be 28-4 when one of the owners was out on the [golf] course with us,” said Vikings coach Brad Childress, whose owner, Zygi Wilf, was one of four owners to vote against the new overtime rules. “I’m sure they have kind of a proxy system here. [The results of the vote] got to us about Hole 15. Their prerogative.”
Several coaches expressed their displeasure, as several owners expected, but said they’ll just move forward.
There was sentiment among some of the coaches at the NFC breakfast Wednesday that even though the overtime changes were voted in for the postseason only, they might as well be used in the regular season, too. That possibility had some momentum before Tuesday’s vote and it could come up for a vote – at least serious discussion – at the league meetings in May.
“It’s the old analogy: a soldier should never do anything for the first time in combat,” Childress said. “I wouldn’t want to be experiencing that for the first time, mindset-wise for my guys, the elation that, ‘We won it,’ then, ‘No, we didn’t. We’ve got to keep playing here.’
“You can explain it, explain it, explain it, but once again, you’ve got to practice things, be it the two-minute drill, come-from-behind, red zone. It’s got to be examined. There’s probably some unforeseeable unknowns in the rule.”