NFL Commish Roger Goodell's Extra Point Proposal Is His Dumbest One Yet...

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Really, Commish? REALLY?
We start with the premise that every commissioner of every sport feels like they need to put their stamp on the sport it is he oversees.

Despite their mission being to ensure the viability and profitability of the game, to serve the owners as a CEO would serve shareholders, commissioners want legacies. They want into their sport's Hall of Fame as badly as the players do.

Game managers generally don't become Hall of Famers. Taking over a machine that's spewing cash like a monetary geyser and watching it spew more cash through the continued inflation of TV rights is essentially "game managing" when it comes to being a commissioner.

So NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tinkers, and spitballs, and even makes dramatic change that, while insulating the owners from future concussion lawsuit damages, detrimentally effects the viewing experience.

And for a commissioner who has floated ideas like having Super Bowls in London and playing 18 game seasons, his thoughts on eliminating the kicked extra point are his dumbest ones yet.

And that's saying something.

Because his idea is, as Livia Soprano would say, a "big nothing."

First, just to lay out the story, the field goal style point after touchdown has essentially become a non-event. In the 2013 season, there were five missed extra points -- one each from Cincinnati, Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit and Jacksonville -- in 1,267 tries. 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.

Death, taxes, and extra points, basically.

Well, apparently, in addition to ensuring the owners continue to pocket billions of dollars (which is essentially the equivalent of making sure the trains run on time), Roger Goodell has made it his duty to ensure that every single play of every game have some sort of drama attached to it. No formalities!

To be clear, I don't even mind the spirit of what Goodell is trying to do. There's nothing wrong, I suppose, with adding increased drama to every play so long as it's done within reason or with logic. I'm not ultra offended by the PAT's existence, but if some people are, then revamp it.

However, Goodell's proposal to remedy the situation makes no sense:

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Jonathan Palmarez
Jonathan Palmarez

Any play that is almost guaranteed to work every time has no place in the game.

Jonathan Palmarez
Jonathan Palmarez

How so? The conversion rate is about 99%, way too easy. All it does is waste time.

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

y does Houston have to beg to host a superbowl every ten yrs when weve proved we're good hosts? y doesnt the nfl Draft, combine and probowl rotate to different cities like the superbowl??? ask roger goodell that!!!


If Goodell wants to do something to improve football, he would do well to get the owners to agree to stop meddling in their franchises.  They have a rule to keep them from trying to be coaches.  (And were it not for that, Jerry Jones would have been on the sidelines for years.)  It's not just Jones, Snyder and the late Al Davis that do it.  (I'm looking at you, Bob McNair.)

Jukes topcommenter

Want drama?  Make it harder.  Have them kick the extra point from the 50 yd line.  Or if they can try for a two-pointer from the 20 yd line.  Won't take any extra time.  Success is definitely not assured. 

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Considering that many of the rules changes throughout Goddell's tenure have turned the NFL into a "pass happy" league, why not he propose to eliminate the kickoff and punt and make the QB (or other designated thrower) to heave the football as fast and high as he can to the receiving team, which would be able to choose which player from the "kicking" team? Even better, how's this for more "drama?" Create a second end zone, with the inside portion equitable to the current field goal and the outside one being a true touchdown. This would force the offensive ball carrier to intentionally go down at around the one-yd line should a defender be within a reasonable distance to tackle him in the near end-zone (thereby taking away an opportunity to score in the far end-zone).

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