Death to the Extra Point!

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el-cid
el-cid

Why not have them kick it from a line perpendicular to the goal line where the TD happened?  Much harder kicks unless you score in the middle.

HughJardonn
HughJardonn

How about we keep the extra point and get rid of the imbecile we call "commissioner."

If one wanted to make the extra point more interesting, move it back 10 or 15 yards. But, nope, that would apparently require too much thinking, and more to the point, the commish wouldn't be able to collect more revenue, which is what he wants by removing the extra point and allowing more commercials.

Pulse40
Pulse40

How about this idea ? Only one of the players on the field when the touchdown is score, can kick the extra point ? It is "Football" after all and eliminating the extra point of moving the goal post wouldn't solved the problem. It would involved some strategy as well on when to have the real kicker on the offense in a tight game. So, the TD is score on Offense, Defense or run back and one of the 11 players could only kick the extra point. Thoughts ?

therednorth1
therednorth1

Yeah, let's make the kicker even more irrelevant by eliminating the extra point.


If you want to make the extra point more interesting, move it back to the 30 or even further back.

andye2007
andye2007

If you want to make the kick more challenging, eliminate the holder and have the kickers drop-kick all converts.  That ought to bring the conversion rate down a bit and make it more compelling. 

Buck2185
Buck2185

For once, I somewhat agree with you. The 4.5 hours Pats fans spent watching their kicker is a horrific waste. But, it pales in comparison to the time they spent watching the entire rest of the Patriot games, complete with their classless coach and little girl, pick and slant short passing offense. Btw Peter, good job getting some kind mention about your Patriots during super bowl week (although you picked them to win, didn't they get sent home?)

SolidSteel
SolidSteel

If the 2-point play gets run after every TD that will change the make up of every NFL roster. Won't teams want to have a jumbo package with a power running back for the new extra point? That play will become highly specialized.

badcyclist1
badcyclist1

I would be OK with forcing teams to go for two.


The simplest solution, with the least damage to tradition, is just to narrow the goalposts.  That will help the related problem of too many field goals.  Plus, maybe make the PAT from the twenty yard-line.

BrandonConway
BrandonConway

Here's how you make the extra point/2-pt conversion more exciting:


1. If you decide to kick, the ball is placed on the 17 yard line (with the kick being 35 yards from the 25).

2. Extra point kicks and 2-pt conversions can be returned by the defensive team to the other endzone for 2-pts.

Can you imagine how stressful/important an extra point kick from 35 yards out would be in a game just tied up by a TD at the end of regulation when you not only have a greater chance to miss, but if it's blocked and returned you could actually lose the game?

To me this is the best balance of keeping the traditional play alive but with modifications to improve competitive play and fan interest.

asbury.sean
asbury.sean

I agree with extra point being a painfully boring play, but what would happen if it was eliminated? Would that extra point be automatic after a touchdown unless the team decides to go for two? Would a touchdown still only be worth six points or would it be seven? Would the scoring system as a whole have to be re-organized if the (almost always) automatic extra point is taken away? There would be a lot to consider if it was eliminated from the game.

el-cid
el-cid

@Buck2185  Aw, did your team not average 12.5 wins a year for the last 21 years and go to the playoffs over and over and over and go to the Super Bowl six times and win it three times.  No.  Boo Hoo to you.


p.s. I'm stuck with the friggin' Redskins, but at least I'm not a whiner/hater.

eyusko
eyusko

@BrandonConway 1. In 2013, kickers were ~90% from 30-39 yards, harder? yes. A game changer? no. 


2. This is already a rule.


eyusko
eyusko

@asbury.sean A touchdown would be worth 7. Unless a team wants to try from the two yard line to go for 8. If the opt to go for 8 and do not succeed, they get 6 points for the TD.


Basically, a TD is worth 6 points, a team has the choice to take the automatic 1 additional point, or try for 2 points. 

BrandonConway
BrandonConway

Um, no it's not. Currently the rule is the ball is dead after the attempt fails (kick or conversion) and it cannot be returned for points by the defensive team.

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