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

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"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 there's one proposal in particular that I've heard about (where) 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. But if you fail, you'd go back to six."

Um, dude. So let me get this straight --

Under current rules, the PAT has become a virtual 100 percent proposition. In other words, teams essentially get seven points for a touchdown right now already. If they decide to go for two points after a touchdown under the current rule and they make it, they will have a total of 8 points, if they miss, they'll have 6 points.

Under your proposal, Rog, they would literally automatically get the seven points for a touchdown, and if they went for two points and made it, they'd have 8 points, and if they missed it, they'd have 6 points.

So, what exactly changes?

Answer: Nothing, really.

Well, not nothing. The proposal basically eliminates kickers (and holders and long snappers) from the PAT equation, reducing their workload slightly, but also reducing their necessity slightly. Understandably, at least one of the kickers didn't take too kindly to the proposal:

(NOTE: The best part about Dawson's tweet is it wound up on my timeline because it was retweeted by Texans long snapper Jon Weeks. There's just something funny to me about long snappers retweeting kickers about their concerns over rule changes. It's like the most superfluous portion of the proletariat rising up during the Industrial Revolution and unleashing a barrage of popcorn farts.)

Honestly, I'd be more excited for almost any PAT revamping other than Goodell's proposal. Back the kicker up ten yards, make teams go for two every time (injury alert!), put in moving goal posts and windmills (mini golf homage!). For the record, if it has to change and kicked PAT's need to be eliminated, I'd make teams go for the PAT from the 2 yard line for one point, then make a 2 pt conversion available from some yard line further back (to be determined by stat geeks).

Let's just hope it's not more Goodell tinkering to put more Goodell stamps on the game, because that's not a good thing at all, but it is par for the course.

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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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