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.
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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