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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Extra points

What did folks think about Roger Goodell's idea (first offered by Bill Belichek, actually) to eliminate PAT kicks? It's a great example of a sport's rulemakers tweaking background rules to make the game better, fairer, or, in this case, more challenging.

It has been fun seeing the various suggestions floating around TV and the internet, including:
• Goodell's basic proposal that a touchdown is automatically worth seven points. A team can try for a conversion, which would give them an additional point; failing on the conversation would mean losing a point on the touchdown.
• Moving the PAT kick back to about a 40- or 50-yard kick.
• Make the PAT kick from the point at which the player entered the end zone. So if he got into the end zone along the sideline, the kick would be from the sideline. This would revive some of football's rugby roots.

Is changing the PAT rules a good idea? Are there other ways to do this?


There are a lot of option better than eliminating the PAT altogether. Make the kick longer; mandate a scrimmage play; alternate 2-point and 1-point conversions. Anything but making it automatic. Jeez.

Blogger Doug Sligh -- 1/23/2014 11:25 PM  

Essentially the basic proposal is no different than the current rule, 99.5% of the time. So it would not be much of a change at all.

Anonymous Glenn -- 1/26/2014 9:14 PM  

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