Stephen Jones In Favor Of Changing Overtime Rule

May 03, 2019 - 9:41 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The NFL's owners will convene later this month to discuss the proposal from the Kansas City Chiefs to guarantee a possession for the team that kicks off to start overtime, even if the receiving team scores a touchdown on their first possession. 

The rule change was proposed after the Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in last season's AFC Championship game when they scored a touchdown on their opening possession of overtime.

In an interview Thursday with Pro Football Talk, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones says the proposal has his support. 

“We hadn’t had our (Competition Committee) call yet, which we will, so it’s tough for me to know where the Committee’s leaning,” Jones said. “I certainly tend to lean toward the new rule ... I certainly watched every play of that Kansas City-New England game, and you kind of would have liked to have seen what would have happened if Kansas City got another shot at it, and then how the thing would have ended up. It was football, in my mind, the game at its best. I certainly don’t have a problem with guaranteeing each team a shot at it ... It’s certainly something that had some traction there in the room, and certainly saw some people who were very interested in it. But we’ll get on a call there, take a long, hard look at it, and I’m sure membership’s gonna get to see it.”

If approved by the owners, the rule change is only expected to be adopted for the playoffs and not the regular season.