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Patriots will vote in favor of OT modification

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  March 22, 2010 10:31 AM

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During this morning's breakfast chat, Robert Kraft revealed that the Patriots will vote in favor of the modified overtime proposal.

Initially, the Patriots' owner was "ambivalent" about the change, but feels it is another way for the NFL to keep its product -- the games -- fresh and respond to the desires of fans.

"My preference is that if we're going to do it we do it for a full season, that we not do it just for the postseason, but the argument for that, I guess, is it would definitely extend games and therefore (there is) potential for more injuries, but the postseason, it is a sudden-death atmosphere," Kraft said.

The overtime change, which will encourage teams who have the ball first in the extra period to score a touchdown rather than settle for a field goal, will only be for playoff games. The NFL Players' Association expressed concern that extending overtime for regular season contests increases the chances of player injury.

Kraft believes teams will approach OT with a different strategy if the change is approved; a three-quarters majority, or 24 (of 32) votes are needed.

"Look at the Super Bowl: one of the most exciting plays in this year's Super Bowl is that onside kick. I'll bet there will be more onside kicks, which are very exciting. What is it? Sixty percent of the people who win the coin toss win the game under our current rule? Now you have a situation where I think you'll see more onside kicks," Kraft said. "Probably the coaches collectively aren't for this because it puts more decision-making and more risk...I think it's a good thing and it's another way we keep working to improve our product."

Kraft said the Patriots decided Sunday night to vote yes.


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