— Overtime. The NFL rightly decided a few years ago that it wasn’t fair for a game to potentially be decided by a coin flip. Of course, they didn’t just go with the obvious solution (allowing each team to have at least one offensive possession in overtime), coming up with a ‘‘modified sudden death’’ rule. If the receiving team scores a touchdown on its first possession, it wins the game. But if the team getting the ball first kicks a go-ahead field goal, the other team gets a possession. Another example of the NFL over-thinking a problem.
— Icing the kicker. Coaches have become enamored with the idea of trying to call a timeout right before an opponent attempts a game-winning kick, which is just plain silly. First of all, it rarely works. Secondly, it leads to far too many unnecessary delays at the most dramatic point in the game. If a coach wants to call a timeout to make a kicker think about it, he should do it before the play clock gets down to 10 seconds. After that, only the kicking team can stop it.
Any other suggestions are welcome.
Just send them straight to the NFL headquarters in New York City.
Paul Newberry in a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963