Stephen Jones says OT playoff rule changes were top priority of NFL competition committee

The Cowboys have never gone to overtime in their 64-game playoff history.

The first time they do it, it won’t end quickly.

NFL owners on Tuesday approved a new rule requiring at least two overtime possessions in any playoff game tied at regulation. The move follows a shootout between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills that ended unceremoniously when the Chiefs won overtime and scored a touchdown.

If the rule was in effect, Bills quarterback Josh Allen could have led a rebuttal.

Cowboys executive vice-president Stephen Jones sits on the NFL Competitions Committee, which discusses and makes recommendations to owners on potential playing rule changes. Addressing overtime was by far the most important topic to be discussed. the committee’s light agenda.

The meeting was originally scheduled to end Wednesday morning but ended late Tuesday afternoon.

“The other team is going to get it,” Jones said. “We assume that if they had just lost the draw, they could win two. It will be a question of strategy. It will be interesting. I think everyone watched this amazing football game [in Kansas City] … and just shouted that we’re considering a second possession, especially in overtime.

“You look at the data and stats of the team that wins the toss. I forget the period, but the team that wins the toss is 10-2 in the playoffs over the past nine or 10 years.

The rule was not enforced in the regular season, Jones said, because the draw losers fared better. Indeed, over the past five regular seasons, teams that have won the toss and elected to host have been 35-27-4.

Jones cited playoff teams’ superior offensive efficiency and quarterback play as the reason for the gap.

Heart question: The search for the next Cowboys kicker is well underway.

Both Jones and coach Mike McCarthy on Tuesday acknowledged the team’s need to add a second kicker to its 90-man roster. One should be acquired in April. Greg Zuerlein spent two seasons with Dallas, but after his release this month he signed with the New York Jets last week.

“I was hoping Greg would be done, but it didn’t work out,” McCarthy said. He joined the Jets. We spent time [Monday] on the kickers. We’ll probably be watching a lot of different guys there. It will be more of a volume opportunity to go through these guys. It is definitely a position of concentration.

Arlington native Chris Naggar is the only kicker on the Cowboys’ roster so far.

The 24-year-old played in one career NFL game, which took place last season with the Cleveland Browns. In that match, he made his only field goal try from 37 yards but missed one of two extra point attempts.

“Obviously we need to understand the kicking situation,” Jones said, “and we have a few other places where we’d like to consolidate things.”

Briefly: Jabril Cox, a 2021 fourth-round pick who tore his ACL on Oct. 31, drew praise Tuesday. “He’s doing great,” Jones said. “I feel good with him. Feel good that he is the right person for what [coordinator] Dan [Quinn] wants to do defensively. I think he is doing very well. That should be a big plus for us this year. Will fill where Keanu [Neal] leave behind. I think he has great covering abilities. A good off-season will do him good. Really like its advantage. … The Cowboys have until mid-July to sign tight end Dalton Schultz to a multi-year contract. If they don’t, he will play this season under the $10.9 million franchise tag. Jones was asked on Monday if the Cowboys would make a big push there before the deadline. “We kind of have to see where we end up with everything from a big picture perspective,” Jones said. “But obviously the fact that we franchised Dalton tells you everything you need to know about what we think of him, let’s just see how it progresses.”


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