Roger Goodell has a point about the extra point.
The point-after-touchdown attempt is no longer much of an attempt. The 20-yard kick is nearly as automatic and just as compelling as a four-pitch intentional walk in baseball.
The NFL commissioner said Monday in an interview on NFL Network that the leagues competition committee is looking into a proposal that would abolish the extra-point attempt and award seven points for every touchdown.
Why not? This past season, kickers made 1,256 of 1,261 extra-point attempts a 99.6 percent success rate.
If teams wanted to try for an eighth point after a touchdown currently a two-point conversion they could attempt a run or pass from the 2-yard line. But there would be a risk: If a team failed in its extra-point play, that team would get only six points for the touchdown, losing one point.
Goodell says the possible change would assure fans that every play is based on risk and reward and not one that is so automatic players often just go through the motions.
But instead of banning the extra-point kick, why doesnt the league consider making it more challenging?
Maybe they could move the ball back to the 20-yard line for the PAT, making it a 37-yard attempt, a distance every NFL kicker can make. But it wouldnt be automatic and defenses would make more of an attempt at a block.
If Goodell wants more excitement, make teams work for every point. How can you add a point by subtraction?
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What should the NFL do about the point-after- touchdown kick?
• Leave it as it is.
• Abolish it and award seven points for touchdowns.
• Move the ball back to the 20-yard line.
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