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Doug Farrar

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Defense wins championships?

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To my way of thinking, the most interesting aspect of the new overtime rule is something that Jets head coach Rex Ryan brought up after it was voted in at the owner's meetings. Ryan said that with the confidence he's able to (rightfully) lace in his defense, he might consider kicking off to start overtime in a playoff game. And this is exactly why I like the rule change -- it provides rewards not only for strategic decisions, but also for personnel advantages on both sides of the ball.

Let's say the Jets and the Colts are playing in this upcoming season's AFC Championship game (not an unlikely scenario). If the Jets win the toss under the old format, their ground-based offense would struggle to get downfield and get points on the board. Now, Ryan could make the call to have his defense stop Peyton Manning and his passing attack -- a daunting prospect, but less so when you're equipped with one of the better defenses in the NFL. Now, the Jets and other teams of that type aren't penalized for their defensive focus -- they can run the table and dance with those who brought them.

By Doug Farrar  |  March 24, 2010; 2:20 AM ET  | Category:  Competition Committee , NFL , NFL Rules , Overtime Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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