John Harbaugh Criticizes NFL's New Overtime Rules

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh criticized the NFL 's new overtime rules.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh criticized the NFL 's new overtime rules. / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL recently announced that each team will be given the opportunity to possess the football during overtime playoff games, which has not been the case in the past. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is not a fan of the new rule, though, and doesn't believe the problem is solved.

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Harbaugh explained that he was against the proposal despite the fact that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti eventually joined the majority in adopting it. He remains adamant that the "spot and choose" format Baltimore suggested last offseason is the best way to bring fairness to overtime contests.

That format would allow one team to spot the ball where overtime would start, while the opposing team then chooses between offense or defense. It's an idea that first came about in 2003, but has gained very little traction. Harbaugh mentioned that only two other teams were on board with him.

“We tried to mitigate it last year with field position — two things, possession and field position — and that got three votes. So now we’re just gonna add possessions. I’m not for it, I don’t think it’s the answer."

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While Harbaugh sees the revised rules as "full of holes", he made sure to express his respect toward the Philadelphia Eagles and team owner Jeffrey Lurie. Of course, Lurie was the driving force behind the rule change at the owners' meeting given his team was one of two to propose it.

It'll be interesting to see how impactful the overtime rules are during the 2022 NFL postseason. For now, Harbaugh will keep on leading a Ravens squad that has +2100 Super Bowl odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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