NFL Commish Roger Goodell's Extra Point Proposal Is His Dumbest One Yet...
"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:
Eliminate PATs? Success rate too high? QBs better be careful. The forward pass is becoming increasingly efficient. # penalize progress— Phil Dawson (@phil_dawson_4) January 21, 2014
(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.