Skip to comments.Goodell: NFL may consider scrapping PATs, adding excitement to TDs
Posted on 01/21/2014 10:03:45 AM PST by nikos1121
Earlier this season, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters that extra points in football were boring because they have become so automatic, and now it appears commissioner Roger Goodell might agree.
In fact, on Monday, Goodell appeared on NFL Networks Total Access, and took things a step further than Belichick, indicating that the leagues competition committee could consider eliminating the PAT altogether.
One of the things the committee does besides looking first at the safety issues (is) looking to see, Are there any plays in the game that, really, are not consequential? Goodell told host Rich Eisen. And one of the issues that has happened is that the extra point is almost automatic.
Goodell is right enough there. The NFL only saw five missed extra points this regular season one each from Green Bay, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Philadelphia in 1,267 tries. And the active kicker with the worst PAT conversion rate is Graham Gano, who has made 97.6 percent of his regular-season kicks since coming into the league four seasons ago.
But if football actually did do away with the extra point, then what would happen after a touchdown?
You want to add excitement with every play, Goodell said. So there have been some proposals. Some are still going through the process of creativity, but theres one proposal in particular that Ive heard about (where) its automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball. But if you fail, youd go back to six.
Its certainly an interesting idea that would force coaches to rethink the way they approach certain game situations, but before you start thinking about how such a rule might impact the 17th round of your fantasy draft next year, take a breath because Goodell, in his interview, also made it clear that the proposal he discussed is just that.
We often get a lot of ideas that are thrown out, Goodell said. The committee will look at all of them and decide what is worthy of further consideration.
Theres some issues, and it goes back to
unintended consequences, he continued. You want to be careful there; is that going to discourage people from going for two? We want to make sure we look at some of that, and thats what the committee does. Theyll make, obviously, some focus on this in the committee and see where they come out.
Don’t agree. If it’s too routine then move the ball back to the twenty or twenty five and kick from there.
I think if you convert a two-point conversion, you should get the ball back.
I know, we'll call it a "rouge."
I like your ideas.
Or make the PAT substantially more difficult...maybe from the 40 yard line.
Make a bonus play opportunity. 2 points, no kicking.
Replace the place kick with the old drop kick?
Goodell is trying to ruin the NFL.
They gonna’ fix it ‘til it’s broke, ain’t they?
Touchdown = 7 points....then put the ball on the 25 yard line and allow one shot at the endzone for 3 points. No kicking.
To clarify, you should have the option of running the 2-point conversion from the 2 as normal, where you would have to kick off....Or, try to convert from the 10, where if you do convert, the other team has to kick the ball back to you. Gives teams down in the fourth quarter a better chance to comeback without relying on onside kicks.
perhaps; but if the NFL could be ruined by extra points/no extra points, it wasn’t going to survive anyway
Why not just make each touch down worth 1 point. Each successful field goal worth +3 points and each missed field goal worth - 6 points. Touch backs will be worth 0 points.
that should liven things up.
I think that’s what the WFL did back in the 1970s.
But they also may do away with kickoffs for safety concerns.
Haha. Good one.
I say go all the way and eliminate punting. If you eliminate Field Goals, even if you turn the ball over on your own 20, there’s no other guarantee the other team is going to score.
Goodell: NFL may consider scrapping PATs, adding excitement to TDs
That would be RACIST!!! one of the last skill sets where whites excel would be eliminated.
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