Quirky overtime proposal by Ravens reportedly has Bill Belichick's approval

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By , WEEI 93.7

The overtime format in the NFL has been debated for years with it being tweaked a bit recently where it's not just the first team to score first wins.

Still, many don't like how much depends on the coin toss, which is why the format continues to be debated.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Ravens will propose a new system known as “spot and choose," and apparently Bill Belichick is in favor of it.

Here is how it would go, per PFT, as it is a bit complicated.

It works like this: One team picks the spot of the ball to start overtime, and the other team chooses whether to play offense or defense.

If the one team picks, for example, the offense’s own 20-yard line, the opponent would then choose whether to play offense from their own 20 or to play defense, with the other team having the ball on its own 20. This would minimize greatly the impact of the coin toss; under this proposal, the coin toss would be used only to give the team that wins the toss the right to pick the spot of the ball (along with the end zone to be defended) or to choose offense or defense.

Under one of the two proposals to be made by the Ravens, overtime would proceed in sudden-death fashion, with the first score by either team ending the game and up to 10 minutes of extra time. (If the game remains tied at that point, the game’s outcome would be a tie.) Under the other proposal (favored, we’re told, by Patriots coach Bill Belichick), the game would continue for another seven minutes and 30 seconds, without a sudden-death component. Whoever leads after the extra time has ended would be the winner. (Again, if the game remains tied after the extra session, the game’s outcome would be a tie.)

In order for this, or any other proposal to pass, it would need to be voted through by 23 other teams.

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