Late For Work 3/22: Newsome Against OT Rule Changes?

Plus Cody to visit Ravens, Mason’s contract processed and schedule announcements coming today.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Monday, March 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

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Newsome Against OT Rule Changes?

The modified overtime rule change will be voted on by league owners this week, including by Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti.

But there are conflicting reports on how the proposal was voted on by the competition committee, and specifically Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome, for it to even be a consideration at the owners meetings this week.

NFL.com doesn’t have a confirmation yet on how the eight-member committee voted, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that it was an 8-0 outcome.

Meanwhile, Newsday’s Bob Glauber said it was a 6-2 vote and Judy Battista of the New York Times reported Newsome was one of the two opposed (the other being Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis).

An accurate count of the competition committee’s voting would be a strong indicator of how the owners may vote in the upcoming days.

“The difference is more than two votes,” said Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “Mort’s report suggests unanimity, and unanimity sends a strong message to the 32 owners.  And it would send an even stronger message to those who watch what the league is doing, since the failure to pass a proposal that came out of the Competition Committee in unanimous fashion would indicate that the supposedly influential Competition Committee isn’t so influential after all.”

Whichever way Newsome voted, it surely will have an influence on how Bisciotti votes on the proposed changes. In order to pass, the proposition needs 24 of 32 votes (75 percent success).

The object of the overtime rule change is to create more fairness by affording both teams a chance at a possession in overtime. The team that loses the coin toss would get a possession unless a touchdown is scored on the first possession. In such a case, the sudden death format would resume.

“The statistics have gotten to the point where it’s time to consider making a change,” John Mara, co-owner of the Giants and competition committee member, told USA TODAY. “I’m very uncomfortable with the fact that 60 percent of the time the coin-toss winner ends up winning a (OT) game. Particularly now with the increased accuracy of field-goal kickers, it sets up an unfair advantage to the team winning the toss.”

“I’d hate to see a postseason game or, God forbid, a Super Bowl decided after the first possession.”

NT Cody To Visit Ravens

Alabama run-stopper Terrence “Mount” Cody is scheduled to meet with the Ravens, according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times

Cody has been projected by some to be picked later in the first round because of concerns about his conditioning and stamina. However, he impressed draft gurus at his pro day workout by slimming down to 348 pounds after weighing in at 370 earlier at the Senior Bowl.

“I’ve been working really hard,” Cody told the Carroll Count Times. “When I came in at 348 pounds, it shocked a lot of people and I ran a better 40-yard dash.”

Pro Football talk said Cody would be a backup if he were to be picked up by the Ravens. The Alabama star is also scheduled to meet with the Chargers and Jets.

Cody isn’t the only defensive tackle on the Ravens’ radar. NFL.com also reported Baltimore’s defensive line coaches attended Louisiana Tech’s D’Anthony Smith’s pro day workout.

“It’s been clear throughout the offseason that demand for nose tackles is at an all-time high as more teams convert to 3-4 schemes,” NFL.com said.

Derrick Mason Contract Processed

Receiver Derrick Mason’s reported two-year, $8 million contract has been signed and processed with the league office, according to Aaron Wilson of National Football Post.

The Ravens’ front office and the veteran wide receiver agreed to terms when the deal was initially announced, but it seems the contract is now official.

Key 2010 Games Announcements

While the entire 2010 regular-season schedule won’t be announced until April, Pro Football Talk expects the unveiling of the participants in the prime-time games to be played during Week One and the three games to be played on Thanksgiving to come today.

The Jets have already accepted an offer from the NFL to play on turkey day at New Meadowlands Stadium, which gives the Ravens a one-in-seven chance to be the Jets’ opponent.

As baltimoreravens.com’s Mike Duffy pointed out last week, Baltimore is an unlikely candidate for a Week One Monday-nighter home game, due to a conflict with the Orioles’ schedule.

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