Raiders Blog and Q&A

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March 28, 2007
NFL owners wrap it up

PHOENIX - Musings as the NFL owners meetings wrap up today.

These statistics led to the notion of moving kickoff in overtime from the 30-yard line to the 35 in overtime:

Seven of 11 overtime games (63.6 percent) were won by the winner of the coin toss last season. More than half the teams winning the coin toss win the game since the kickoff was moved to the 35 from to the 30 in 1994.

So what? You don't want a game decided by heads or tails, you do have an option: win in regulation. Heck, you could even stop the team with the ball and score in overtime. How about go for a two-point conversion to avoid overtime?

If I want to see "fair" overtime, I'll watch college football.

• The NFL won't baby quarterbacks as much. If a defender is trying to get to the quarterback and happens to push him down immediately after he throws, it will no longer be a personal foul for roughing the passer.

Defenders can't level the quarterback with their shoulder or helmet, but they won't be penalized if their arms are extended upon contact.

I can't wait to see who can use his arms to push a quarterback farthest.

• Sorry Raiders fans. The NFL won't be doing anything about the forward pass rule that allowed San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson to "pass" the ball after a first down in their win over the Raiders in San Diego last November.

The Raiders didn't recover a fumble as they thought and the Chargers eventually came back to win the game.

I suggested to NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira there be a rule about a player surrendering the ball, as Jackson did on that play.

That's not happening either. That's a rule that won't change anytime soon so keep the conspiracy theories alive and running.

- Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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