Skip to content

Nick Folk: Add two narrower uprights to make extra points more difficult

Nick Folk AP

We’ve heard a variety of ideas about what to do regarding the extra point after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league was considering eliminating the one-point tries from the game entirely.

Many of those suggestions have come from kickers, including one from Jets kicker Nick Folk. Folk thinks the league should explore adding a pair of uprights nine feet apart — the same distance as in arena football, although these would be within the existing uprights — and require kickers to hit extra points between them rather than using the current 18’6″ distance.

“It would make it harder,” Folk said, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “That could be a new way to do it because I don’t know what the percentage would be. Even if it’s 90 percent, then it’s not as automatic and you’re still dealing with the elements that can affect the ball going through there.”

Folk, who said he likes to practice with the smaller uprights, also suggested changing the scoring for field goals by giving four points for ones through the smaller uprights and five points if you nailed one from beyond 50 yards through the narrow window. Adam Vinatieri had a similar idea about long field goals, one that’s a bit problematic because it awards more points for drives that stall a good distance from the end zone, but the extra point idea does attempt to address the fact that extra points have become all but automatic in recent years.

That’s what the league should be looking for in any proposed change to the extra point before making a call to abolish it altogether.

Permalink 14 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, New York Jets, Rumor Mill
14 Responses to “Nick Folk: Add two narrower uprights to make extra points more difficult”
  1. ghostofgilchrist says: Feb 12, 2014 5:13 PM

    Make them drop kick xtra points!

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 12, 2014 5:14 PM

    That sounds boring, who cares if a PAT can be kicked slightly straighter, just doesn’t sound fun or interesting at all.

  3. omegalh says: Feb 12, 2014 5:29 PM

    Just do the 7 for TD. Win or lose a point if you go for a current 2 pointer. Easy as pie. Less commercials….nfl wont like that.

  4. fwippel says: Feb 12, 2014 5:39 PM

    How about just quit messing with the game? Either allow the defense a better opportunity to block placekicks, or just leave well enough alone.

  5. officialgame says: Feb 12, 2014 6:41 PM

    If it includes raising the bar 2′ I’m in.

  6. lutazanderman says: Feb 12, 2014 6:46 PM

    Move the PAT back farther. They could still try a 2pt conversion from the 3 yard line, but make a PAT attempt be a 25 or 30 yard try.

  7. melikefootball says: Feb 12, 2014 6:57 PM

    Hey I got an idea lets get back to the real football where defense can hit someone and scores aren’t 67-62.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 12, 2014 7:42 PM

    A tried and trusted Folk remedy.

  9. richc111 says: Feb 12, 2014 10:06 PM

    I like it!

  10. blackbeard43 says: Feb 12, 2014 10:14 PM

    Why not go back to how it was done originally, by having a member of the offense–the WR, QB, TE, etc.– kick it instead of trotting out specialists…

  11. alexgiobbi says: Feb 13, 2014 9:51 AM

    Why not just move it back?

  12. jetfanfolife says: Feb 13, 2014 12:48 PM

    Make the uprights narrower and also make them kick TPA from the location the TD was scored from

  13. garyhd01 says: Feb 13, 2014 4:00 PM

    how about a 6 foot wide net in the middle of the uprights if it hits the net and bounces out kick is no good.

  14. rainsarge says: Feb 13, 2014 8:27 PM

    The scoring player should have to kick his own extra pt. that would be interesting.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!