In a bold attempt to simplify the game, commissioner Roger Goodell is mulling around the decision to lose the extra point, or how it’s been referred to as the “penny of the NFL,” after touchdowns.
While we’re still a while off from this actually happening, he appeared on the NFL Network yesterday where they discussed the possibility of one day making the change. One thing is clear; he thinks it’s useless.
“There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about,” Goodell went on. “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.”
What’s even more interesting is that this “uselessness” is directly correlated to the accuracy and improvement of today’s kickers. Back in 1932 when they introduced to PAT, there was was about a 67 percent success rate.
But since 1984, it hasn’t been below 95 percent. And in 2013 alone, there was a 99.6 accuracy rate, with only five missed extra points this season. What happens when kickers get too good? We penalize them, duh!
At the end of the day, the NFL just wants to add more excitement to the game in any way possible, and unfortunately extra point kicks take away from that. They’re automatic at this point.
Imagine a world where the offense had to stay on the field and go for two after scoring a touchdown? That’s exactly what the NFL needs! Makes up for the other stupid rules they’ve added.
“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said. “I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (attempts). So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play.
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