There was plenty of controversy at the NFL meetings in March when owners voted 28-4 to change the overtime rules for the postseason only starting next season.
The sense when the owners arrived in Orlando had been that the change would not pass, but with the majority of coaches taking part in a golf outing commissioner Roger Goodell managed to get the owners to vote in favor of the new rule.
Under the new format, if a team wins the opening coin toss and kicks a field goal, the other team will get a possession. If the game is tied after the following series, play will go on under the current sudden-death rules. However, if the team that wins the toss gets a touchdown, the game is over.
Despite the fact that this rule seems to be a direct result of the fact New Orleans beat the Vikings with a field goal on its opening-possession of overtime in the NFC title game, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf voted against the change. Meanwhile, many coaches, including the Vikings' Brad Childress, seemed less than thrilled that a rule for the postseason (and not the regular season) had been adopted.
The feeling of coaches is that their players should not have to adjust to new rules in the playoffs after operating under a different set of rules during the regular season.
It seemed at the time the situation might be fixed with the owners passing the same overtime rules for the regular season at their next meeting, which will be held this week in Dallas. But the NFL's website reports that might not be the case.
According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, there is a growing sense that owners will not hold a vote to expand overtime changes to the regular season at these meetings. Wrote La Canfora: "There doesn't seem to be enough interest among owners to expand the rule for the 2010 season, league sources said Monday, and it would be surprising if the matter came up for a vote Tuesday, when the full meetings begin."