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    Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    By Josh Alper on January 20, 2014, 6:09 PM EST

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick lobbied the league Monday to discipline Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker for hitting and injuring Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib during a play in the AFC Championship Game.

    If the league decides to punish Welker, it wouldn’t be the first time that one of the coach’s suggestions worked its way up the ladder in the league. Earlier this month, Belichick said he thought extra points were boring because of how automatic they’ve become and there’s enough agreement with him that the league will explore dropping extra points this offseason.

    That was the word from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who told Rich Eisen of NFL Network that the league is examining proposals for abolishing the extra point for pretty much the reason that Belichick cited. Goodell outlined one of the proposed changes.

    “The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said. “I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (1,256-for-1,261, to be precise). So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play. There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about. It’s 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, so if you fail, you go back to six.”

    That would certainly eliminate the boredom of an extra point try without fundamentally changing too much about the decision that coaches already make about when to try for a two-point conversion. There will certainly be some pushback to altering a play that’s always been part of the game, but anything that would speed up the process of getting back to actual football is worth considering.

    What do you guys think? Yea or nay?


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    Re: Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    Meh.

    It ain't broke. No need to fix it.

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    Re: Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about. It’s 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, so if you fail, you go back to six.”
    I'm not one for changing for the sake of change. But, if they must, then I could live with this option.
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    Re: Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    How about just pushing the extra point back to the 15 yard line (making it a 25 yard kick). That would increase the degree of difficulty (and the % of misses), while retaining the decision of a high probability 1 point, or a lower probability 2 points.
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    Re: Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    there's been some HUGE moments in this sport with a blocked PAT or miss

    i'd go with moving it back first

    pointless taking it out
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    Re: Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    The PAT is fine - the fact that it's virtually guaranteed is what make's the gamble of going for 2 more compelling. I'd first work out a way of eliminating the blown 'defenseless receiver' personal foul penalties.
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    Re: Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    No matter how automatic the extra point is I say leave well enough alone. I don't want the history, stats, etc of the NFL messed with. I can live without the old asterick (*).

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    Re: Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    How many times have you seen a team up by 6 lose the game? An extra point should be something that's converted the vast majority of the time - that's why a TD is more important than settling for FGs.

    I'd be OK with making FGs more difficult in general. Narrow the goal posts wouldn't be amiss.

    Heh.

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    Re: Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    Quote Originally Posted by citr92 View Post
    pointless taking it out
    Ha! Pointless...get it? Point....less.

    Well, at least, I thought it was funny.
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