Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post is blaming this week’s Broncos loss on the “pure, dumb luck” of a coin toss. He said, “Unlike the Super Bowl, the only difference Sunday between the Broncos and Seattle was a flip of the coin.”
Hey Mark, Seattle won the coin toss for the Super Bowl, but that time they deferred…and they got two points. Damned coin tosses. But I digress.
Kiszla thinks, “NFL overtime rules are stupid.” A few years ago, he would have been absolutely correct. But thanks to the modified “sudden death” overtime rules instituted for the playoffs in 2010, and then applied for all games during the 2012 offseason, he’s dead wrong.
The Broncos stole a bunch of piggy banks a few months ago to upgrade their defense, in order to have a defense capable of holding their own against a team like the Seahawks or 49ers or Saints (should the Broncos make it back to the Super Bowl again, that is). All this vaunted defense needed to do was to force a punt, a turnover, or hold the Seahawks to a field goal, and their offense gets to have possession of the ball. And we all know how well Manning can engineer a two-minute drill ending in a touchdown with surgical precision.
But because Manning didn’t get to touch the ball in overtime, even the new rules are stupid. And because that vastly-improved defense couldn’t stop a touchdown drive by what some idiots call a “game manager quarterback who needs a step ladder to see over his own linemen”, overtime puts a premium on the coin toss…so naturally the coin toss deserves the blame.
Except that overtime put a MUCH higher premium on the coin toss in the old days, simply because a team only needed to get close enough for a field goal to end the game.
The modified sudden death rule was implemented to make overtime competitive and more fair than before. If the other team’s defense allows an 80-yard touchdown drive on first possession, maybe they deserve to lose.
Another issue is that during the regular season, there is only ONE overtime period. If a future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer quarterback gets an opportunity to tie the game with a touchdown, the probability of the game ending in a tie increases dramatically.
Besides…where was all this crybaby complaining from Denver when Tebow ended overtime against the Steelers with a single touchdown play? It was totally unfair when you WON, wasn’t it?