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NFL considering simplification of coin toss rules after Cowboys debacle

Dak Prescott’s coin toss snafu has the league considering alternatives for 2020.

The Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys participate in the coin toss before the game at AT&T Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The NFL had itself a bit of a debacle in Week 15 when the Dallas Cowboys appeared to mess up the coin toss with the Los Angeles Rams. Dallas won the coin toss and wanted to defer to the second half. However, quarterback Dak Prescott said the word “kick” before eventually saying the word “defer.” Due to the order in which he said the words, it technically meant the Rams could receive both the opening kickoff and the third quarter kickoff.

If you were confused, you were not alone. The NFL did not make the Cowboys kick off both times, but it resulted in plenty of hand-wringing.

In light of the chaos, the NFL is now considering a rule change, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. There is nothing specific in mind other than, “to simplify the language regarding the opening coin toss.”

This should not be that difficult, but as we see with the catch rule and challenging pass interference calls, nothing about the NFL is easy. We’ll see if they can get this one right!