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NFL May Consider Eliminating PAT Kick; Modification to Scoring System

January 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The point after attempt is the closest thing to automatic that occurs in football. Still, it's an exceptionally important part of the game as a single point can often be the difference between winning and losing. That very point can also change the way a game is coached, played and adjusted to. Yet, as he continues to consider the complete elimination of kickoffs, NFL Commission Roger Goodell is also ready to do away with the PAT all together.

"It came up for brief discussion in past meetings, but no action was taken," New York Giants co-owner John Mara said.

While no action has been taken in the past and nothing is imminent right now, Goodell appears poised to push this change forward.

“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.”

The alternative — at least the one Goodell favors — is an automatic seven points on a touchdown. However, to add an element of flavor to the change, teams would be allowed to go for an eight point by scoring on either a passing or running conversion play, but if failed, they lose the automatic seventh point and the touchdown becomes worth only six. In other words, every touchdown could be worth six, seven or eight points depending on what route a team chooses to go.

Naturally, kickers from around the league oppose the idea. And why wouldn't they? Each year their position and their jobs come under fire by these endless proposed changes to the game.

"Taking a knee at the end of a game is a lot more boring than kicking an extra point. Just saying," tweeted former Giants kicker Jay Feely who is now with the Arizona Cardinals.

If nothing else, at least former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano agrees with Feely on that.

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10 Responses to “NFL May Consider Eliminating PAT Kick; Modification to Scoring System”

  1.  Krow says:

    Stop … effing … with … the … game.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    Jolly Rodger the clown has already eliminated tackling. And by doing so, he put every skill position player in the league in danger of having a career ending knee injury. What’s and extra point?

    Leave the game alone you POPPAS OVER OFFICIOUS JERK.

  3.  Krow says:

    To be a little more precise … there’s a lot of history and tradition that goes along with the NFL. Yes, a PAT is largely ceremonial. But it’s been around for over a hundred years. And should not be dispensed with at the whim of present day expedience. There’s no pressing need to do this. This isn’t pickleball or snowboarding.

  4.  jfunk says:

    It wasn’t that long ago that the Saints missed the playoffs because of a missed PAT. The play is not inconsequential.

    Should we eliminate the kneel down and allow a team that can “mathematically” run out the clock just declare the game over? I bet the odds of a fumbled snap are just as low as that of a missed/blocked PAT. Yet Philip Rivers lost a game to the Chiefs just a year or two ago by fumbling the snap on a kneel down.

    Also, as far as player safety is concerned, shouldn’t we not be trying to create more plays from scrimmage? Won’t more 2pt attempts mean more injuries?

    •  rlhjr says:

      That’s an excellent point jfunk. Basically NFL (Goddell) cares about lawsuits filed by players. They don’t give a damn players or their safety.
      It’s all about getting young casual fan $$$$.

      Goddell and his lott want scores to be 42-35 every Sunday, every game.
      They are drunk off the money that casual fans who know or care nothing about defense pipe in because they like to see scoring.

      Some of those same pin heads love to do fantasy football too. Goddell is catering to fads and dollars. In turn the integrity of the game has become meaningless. So defensive linemen are held, and defensive backs are penalized both monetarily and on the field for making clean hits.
      All in the name of the shield.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    Missed Saints extra point costs them playoff position. Mishandled snap by Romo on a “always makes it” play starts his slide into a failure to win the big ones. Assuming that a short kick is automatic is just a bad idea. I understand the logic of trying to minimize injuries by eliminating head shots, but they’re going way too far at this point. Stop changing the game.

  6.  JimStoll says:

    let’s eliminate all plays that are automatic based on the player. depending on a kicker’s individual accuracy
    if a kicker has a 95% accuracy at any particular distance the 3 is granted without the need to run the play
    we can do the same for QB’s once they are at 95% on any particular play they simply have to declare the play and the yardage will be awarded
    while we are at it, why actually run any plays
    let’s just plug a team’s stats into a machine with an appropriate logarithm to account for chance and the entire game can be played withoput risk of injury

  7.  JimStoll says:

    what if the game is played in one of those white out blizzards where both visibility and footing are horrible?

  8.  Kettles78 says:

    If they want to get rid of extra points then they should get rid of kneel downs. When is the last time a Kneel down resulted in a fumble? What else can we eliminate?

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