There were 10 games last season where the team winning the overtime coin toss drove for the winning score and the other team never got the chance to go on offense in the extra period.
When offenses the way they are these days, it's not a great accomplishment anymore to drove 30 or 40 yards to go get a field goal.
What to do?
Well, several suggestions have been offered. One is to assure each team at least one possession. Another is to make overtime the first to six points, meaning the team winning the coin toss can end the game on the first possession but only with a touchdown.
One of the craziest ones we've heard has both coaches bidding to see how far to their own goal line they're willing to start on offense in order to get possession first.
Coach Dave Wannstedt has his own idea, and perhaps it has something to do with what happened to the Dolphins when they were knocked out of the playoffs by New England in the regular season finale.
Wannstedt's proposal would do away with the overtime kickoff and simply give the team winning the coin toss the ball at its own 20-yard line.
You may recall that Olindo Mare put the overtime kickoff against New England out of bounds, giving the Patriots the ball at the 40-yard line.
The thinking seems to be that it's probable the status quo will remain, at least for this year.
For our part, we like the idea of making the overtime winner get six points. That way, if your defense gives up a touchdown on the opening drive of overtime, you can't complain about not having had the ball.