McNair in support of changing NFL overtime rules

Per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Texans owner Bob McNair is in favor of changing the NFL's overtime rules for playoff games and will vote "yes" on the issue at NFL owners meetings next week in Orlando, Fla.

The current overtime rules, established more than 30 years ago, call for a sudden-death format. A coin flip determines who receives the ball to start the overtime period, and the first team to score wins.

Texans general manager Rick Smith serves on the NFL's competition committtee that has proposed a new system, which would give both teams at least one overtime possession if the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a field goal. The only way that the the game could end after the first possession is if a team scores a touchdown.

If the first team scores a field goal, the opposing team would have a chance to tie the game with a field goal of its own or win the game with a touchdown. If the opposing team ties the game, sudden death would begin.

"They're talking about something that makes sense," McNair said in McClain's report. "I'd be in favor of something like that, where you can't lose by a field goal on the first possession."

McClain notes in the article that coaches appear to be opposed to the change. McClain previously opined via Twitter that he'd be surprised if owners approve the change because "too many coaches don't want it."

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