Does Andy Reid want NFL overtime rules changed after AFC championship?

Ryan Hannable
February 28, 2019 - 10:35 am

INDIANAPOLIS -- The AFC championship game was one of the best of the year, and arguably one of the best in the last several seasons in the NFL.

The Patriots beat the Chiefs, 37-31, in overtime following winning the coin toss and scoring a touchdown on the first possession. This caused many to question the NFL overtime rules where both teams are not guaranteed to touch the ball.

This apparently is something the competition committee is discussing, so does Chiefs coach Andy Reid want it changed after not getting a chance to touch the ball just a few weeks ago?

"They’re talking about them and we’ll see how all that rolls," he said. "We all have our opinions. We’ll just see how it goes. The league makes the right decision. They’ve got to listen to a lot of voices coming at them from various angles. But they’re aware of it and looking at things."

Other topics being discussed is the expansion of replay, which has some varying opinions.

“More replay, more — look how tough it is for these officials, all right," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I know as a coach, what’s the worst spot to watch the game from? Sideline. You see the least amount form the sideline. That’s why you put coaches in the box, OK. So we’ve got all this technology and the fans actually have a better view of the game from an officiating standpoint than the officials do. So these clear and obvious mistakes that are inevitably going to get made it’s not just one play in a championship game; it happens every single week, because the job is so tough and moves so fast and the angles aren’t great. If we can put somebody up there in the box that has a better angle that can help officiate the game from up there, do that. If we can add more replay, let’s do that. Because at the end of the day it’s about the credibility of the spot, and we can’t have the other leagues outpacing us in terms of use of technology to make sure games are fair and well-officiated.

"We have great officials. These guys are incredible with what they do. We’ve also put a lot of rules in place that’ve made it really tough on them. They’ve got a lot on their plate. So let’s add an official, let’s add two officials, let’s put one up in the box, let’s expand replay if we want. Let’s make sure that at the end of the day the fans walk out of the stadium and walk away from their TV sets knowing that was a good, hard-fought, well-officiated game and the outcome is as it should be and it was correct. The right team won the game.”

Meanwhile, when speaking Thursday, Raiders coach Jon Gruden is on the opposite end of things, as he said he thinks there should be less replay.

Relating to the Patriots, Bill Belichick has long been in favor of replay, even being of the mind that all plays should be reviewed.

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