Bruce Arians ‘happy’ with change to 10-minute OT

28 May

A taxing, 6-6 tie between the Seahawks and Cardinals in late October last year served as one of the stronger arguments in favor of a shorter 10-minute overtime period. As Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told the team’s website Wednesday, the team wasn’t able to practice all week following the game.

Needless to say, Arians is all for the owners’ decision at the Spring League Meeting to make the change official.


“Will it lead to more ties? Hell, who knows?” Arians said. “We’ll call the game a little differently. But I’m happy with it.”

He added: “People are worried about 10-minute drives. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a 10-minute drive. I guess there have been a couple. If you get the ball ran on you for 10 minutes, you deserve to lose anyway.”

With all the extra physical stress on a player from week to week, lessening the burden even by a small amount makes sense. These are athletes already battling Sunday-Thursday turnarounds, so even a few extra minutes on the sideline can make a difference.

It will be interesting to see just how different an overtime looks if the team who wins the coin toss doesn’t immediately capitalize and score a touchdown. Will the inclination be to control the football and inch it across the goal line?

The best part about these rule changes are that they are individually driven. For Arians, who experienced the slog of a brutal overtime game, the change is meaningful. For Redskins coach Jay Gruden?

You can’t please everyone.

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