Your idea rewards failure and penalizes successNot true. On an average 3rd down play, a team will punt. A punt normally goes a lot farther than 20 yards. (I'm using 20 yards as an arbitrary number, it could be 15 or 10.) Hamilton doesn't get the breathing space a punt would have allowed and Toronto gets better field position than if they had received a punt.
As well, on the rouge, people have made the same argument of rewarding failure. But the defending team failed to get the ball out of their endzone.
This is not a cow tow to the NFL game. I’m not trying to attract an NFL crowd who, like you say, watch the NFL cuz its the Big Bad Boy on the Block as opposed to actually liking football, I’m suggesting it as a way to put in a little extra something.
After all, if the NHL can settle its tie games with a shootout, then ANYTHING can happen.