The NFL Owners meeting is taking place this week in Orlando, Florida and the major topic of discussion is a change in the overtime rules. As it stands now, every game goes into sudden death overtime with the first team to score, wins. More than half of all overtime games are decided on the coin toss essentially, with the the team getting the ball first, scoring at least a field goal. In last year's NFC Divisional Playoff game, the New Orleans Saints eliminated the Minnesota Vikings by taking the ball on the first posessiona and kicking the field goal, denying the Vikes a chance to touch the ball offensively. The NFL's competition committee has come up with a propoasal that would alter overtime rules. Teams that win the toss and score a touchdown would end the game, but if they settle for a field goal, the opposition would get at least one posession to tie the game with a kick or win it with a touchdown drive. If both teams score three, it would become a sudden death game from that point on. The overtime rules changes would apply only to playoff games and that's where Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has concerns. He doesn't think there shoud be two sets of rules for games for regular season and playoff games. What if a team needs to win the final game of the regular season just to qualify for the post-season and it goes into overtime and they lose on the coin flip and a field goal? I agree with McCarthy. I'm fine with the rule change to give at least both teams a shot at the ball, but the league should not have two sets of rules for regular season and playoff games.
The Packers will have an extra choice in next month's NFL draft. The league awarded compensatory choices to teams that lost free agents last year. Green Bay will get an extra 5th round pick after defensive tackle Colin Cole signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks. The league awarded a total of 32 picks and Green Bay's choice will be the 169th overall. The Packers will now have 8 selections, two in the 5th round and one in each of the other 7 rounds of the draft, scheduled for April 22-24.