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Luck On XFL Overtime, 1, 2 or 3 Point Conversions, Manziel

Oliver Luck was on the Pro Football Talk (PFT) Podcast Monday to talk XFL. Mike Florio asked him wide-ranging questions from the AAF folding, new XFL rules to John Manziel.

Notes from the Interview;

  • Oliver rated his surprise in the AAF folding a 7 out of 10. He was surprised and saddened. Surprised it folded before the season completed
  • Charlie Ebersol approach Luck years ago about starting a league and he turned him down because of lack of capital to start a league
  • Luck was involved with NFL Europe and knows a new sports leagues need 2 to 4 years to develop. It also requires money
  • Luck didn’t know about merger talk rumor of AAF and XFL
  • XFL not interesting in AAF team markets at this time
  • Looking at what AAF did well and not well overall
  • AAF did well with their game pace. Liked the audio element with their games
  • Team practice facilities are being looked at, and it takes time to finalize
  • Going to use the old St Louis Rams practice facility for XFL team. Others are being worked out.
  • 40 million football fans are used to games in the Fall. If they can get some fans out of that number, a spring league will do well
  • XFL games will be on Saturday and Sunday, towards the end of the season there might be Thursday night games
  • TV deal will be announced soon
  • League is open to taking players not NFL draft-eligible
  • XFL would be open to Manziel as long as the coaches feel like he’s good enough
  • XFL would stay a Spring football league even if the NFL goes on strike next year
  • Vince has the staying power and won’t be a one year and done league

XFL Rules

XFL Kick Off Formation
  • 30-second play clock
  • Kick off will be different
  • No fair catch 5-yard halo rule on punt returns
  • Overtime will be more like soccer or NFL shoot out vs. NFL overtime quarter
  • Game time under 3 hours
  • Forward pass rule: A pass that doesn’t cross the line of scrimmage so you can do it multiple times
  • 11 on 11, same field type, and number of downs
  • XFL to use one, two, or three-point conversions
  • Team scoring a touchdown in the XFL will emerge with 6, 7, 8, or 9 points.
  • There will be around 12 changes to the rules that differ from NFL and NCAA football

Breakdown of XFL one, two, or three-point conversions

  • All are not kicks but play from scrimmage
  • One Point Play – from 2-yard line
  • Two Point Play – from 5-yard line
  • Three Point Play – from 10-yard line

Breakdown of XFL Overtime shoot out

  • 44 guys on the field
  • 5 opportunities each team for one point
  • Each side will have five chances to convert a two-point conversion
  • The defense can score a point in overtime from a turnover
  • Overtime would last as little as four minutes

Mark is the founder and editor of XFL News Hub. The site was started in January of 2018, within days of the announced return of the XFL. Contact him directly by emailing mark.perry@xflnewshub.com

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  1. Brent

    July 10, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Some interesting changes. I love the point conversion rules – that will definitely be more exciting and worth watching. I don’t know about the overtime shootout, but I’ll have to see. I know I don’t like the way the NFL does overtime, so I’m glad to see the XFL try something there

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