Diner morning news: My solution to the OT debate

QUOTE: “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” -- Maya Angelou

Overtime….change or no change?

I’ve never been a huge fan of the current overtime rules since I feel if you lose the toss, you lose the game. However, that’s just my perception and the data doesn’t support that theory all the time. For me, the best solution to overtime would be to average the amount of time spent in all overtime games, place that time on the clock and play an extra quarter.

If the average time is 5 minutes and 30 seconds, then that’s the time for the overtime period. Simple, clean, and it places all three elements of the game into play. It also forces the team that wins the toss to try to be aggressive, knowing that if it gives up the ball, it might never see it again. I don’t like the college rule because special teams are a part of football, and there are no special teams in college overtimes. Unless there are the three elements of football in the overtime, it can never be considered football.

The other aspect of overtime that must be taken into account is how playing an extra quarter will affect the concussion problem that’s going on right now. More time played means more potential for concussions. How the league balances this when it discusses overtime rules is essential. Also, how does the league balance the concussion issue when it expands to 18 regular-season games? The league will not be adding more games in the future, but it will be adding more competitive games, so the risk of added concussions will surely increase.

I’m a purist. I like the game to be played in its purest form, and forcing teams to not kick extra points or paying a penalty for not going for the touchdown is not the game at the purest level. I want the game to be consistent, so placing more time on the clock and playing the game under the same rules that were in effect during the first 60 minutes makes the most sense to me.

Dez Bryant

I noticed that the Cowboys are going to sit down with wide receiver Dez Bryant to learn more about him as a person, which is a smart idea. And most teams picking in the 20’s might want to do the same if Bryant slips in the draft, as many league insiders are predicting. Teams must prepare for the unexpected in the first round, so doing extra homework on Bryant would be prudent.

The No. 1 rule in scouting is to learn more about the player before you draft the player than you learn after you draft him. Knowing exactly what you’re dealing with when it comes to Bryant is a smart choice. This isn’t to imply that he isn’t worth the risk, but rather to make sure you know exactly what the reality of selecting him might be. His talent on the field is undeniable, but dealing with him as a person is what teams must figure out.

Enjoy the great spring weather in the east (let’s hope the Red River doesn’t flood), and join me this weekend to check out Sunday at the Post.

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To read about New England's addition of TE Alge Crumpler, check out this article from Bleacher Report.

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