The NFL hasn't had a massive rule shakeup in a while, but the Ravens plan to change that.
According to ProFootballTalk (Citing several sources), Ravens plans to propose a pair of rule changes on the concept of “Spot and Chose”. Let's mean break it.
Spot: A team picks up where the drive begins.
Choose: The other team chooses whether to play offense or defense.
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Both proposals are based on this concept, but the difference lies in how overtime should end. An offer is an accidental death, meaning whichever team scores will win the first game. The other offer is 7:30 long overtime, and whoever leads by the end of the period wins the game.
ProFootballTalk says that “one of the sources involved in the development of the proposal” said the idea went back A 2003 article on Football Outsiders, Written by Michael David Smith. While there are some changes between the two (Smith's proposal is for kickoff rather than drive), the idea behind the two is the same.
Here's what Smith wrote at the time:
So there is a point there, probably between the 30-yard line and the 50-yard line, at which sudden death will turn into overtime from the actually receiving team to the kicking team. Where is that point It doesn't really matter. We can just let the teams decide for themselves.
The funny thing in this proposal is that there is a talk between the two teams about what happens. Both decisions have a strategy, rather than simply giving the ball to a team as a coin flip said.
Say you're playing Casey: Where would you put the ball so they are * forced * to defend? The 5? Then if they somehow want to take offense and score and win, we will at least blame the randomness, as much as we would with the current setup?
– Meena Kimes (@minakimes) March 4, 2021
There is another reason for fans to enjoy this offer because it is something different. We have seen many changes in football from college rules to XFL overtime, To AAF, To FCF even more. Each league has a different interpretation of how overtime should be handled.
A change in the Ravens rule will be proposed at the NFL owners' meeting, which will take place about March 30–31. To pass the rule, 24 team owners must approve it.