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Vinatieri: “They’re trying to minimize the importance of kickers”

Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee AP

Add Adami Vinatieri to the list of kickers who don’t want anyone tinkering with the extra point.

Vinatieri told USA Today that proposals to make extra point kicks longer, or harder, or to encourage teams to go for two or eliminate the one-point kick entirely, are all about taking kickers out of the game.

“This just seems like a proposal by a couple of people trying to pound their chest a little saying, ‘Let’s change it up because kickers are too good,’” Vinatieri said. “They’re trying to downgrade our value versus continuing to put an emphasis on kicking. They’re trying to minimize the importance of kickers. I’m a traditionalist. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

Vinatieri particularly dislikes the idea of moving the spot of the extra point play from the 2-yard line to the 25-yard line.

“I don’t understand the logic: Will it make the game safer for people by moving the extra point back to a 43-yarder? If anything, players are going to rush harder because they’re thinking, ‘That far of a field goal-type try, we have to go after blocking it more,’” Vinatieri said. “If you want to talk about potential risk, more guys get injured on a field goal than extra point. It definitely will change the game. For the better? I’m not sure.”

Making extra points harder might actually make kickers more valuable, as teams would be willing to pay more for kickers who reliably connect from 43 yards. But the NFL’s kickers want to keep the extra point the way it is.

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19 Responses to “Vinatieri: “They’re trying to minimize the importance of kickers””
  1. theblackrook says: Mar 5, 2014 6:38 PM

    Move it back to the 25

  2. benacci says: Mar 5, 2014 6:43 PM

    If I was doing my job at 99.95% I would bulk at my Boss trying to make it harder just to Impress the clients. That being said the extra point is boring as it stands.

  3. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 5, 2014 6:47 PM

    They should make the Ex point harder it’s to easy even I could make them more times than not but they are part of the fabric of the game and shouldn’t be messed with to much. What about cutting the add breaks it’s ridiculous how may stoppages there are.

  4. dhragonn says: Mar 5, 2014 6:49 PM

    I find it hard to believe the NFL would want to minimize the role of kickers. FG, PATs, kickoffs provide ample opportunity for commercials. I assume they ve evaluated the reduction in advertising time by eliminating all this. I anticipate they ll adjust it, not eliminate.

  5. hauts81 says: Mar 5, 2014 6:51 PM

    That last point is true. Moving the XP distance back doesn’t minimize the importance of kickers, it makes them MORE important. Extra points are boring and are as automatic as it gets. The league is right to look at ways to shake things up.

  6. natefalkirk says: Mar 5, 2014 7:01 PM

    “They’re trying to minimize the importance of kickers”

    No, they are recognizing that the PAT is boring, virtually a given, and wastes time w/commercial breaks before/after. Kicking is still important, and the better kickers will be even more valuable by booting it in from farther. Remember: Coaches are conservative, and no coaches are more so than NFL HCs. Most will elect to kick rather than going for two (which is more exciting to watch, but lower success rate).

    I recognize there’s tinkering when it’s not really broke (see: Overtime changes…I never thought it needed changing. Don’t like sudden death? Win the game in regulation, like you’re supposed to. Or play defense, like you’re supposed to). But the PAT is dull…I usually am doing other things while the game is on, and I often don’t pause to watch a PAT.

  7. cuda1234 says: Mar 5, 2014 7:02 PM

    If you’re going to put a kicker in the Hall of Fame, it would be this guy. Belichick and Brady are not champions without Vinatieri.

  8. britishraven says: Mar 5, 2014 7:04 PM

    ANYBODY should be able to make 99% (at least) of kicks from that range.

  9. bennyb82 says: Mar 5, 2014 7:04 PM

    The end of the article is spot-on. Right now, it doesn’t really even matter how good the kicker is who kicks the extra points. The value of the kicker would certainly go up if you moved the extra point try back further.

  10. bullcharger says: Mar 5, 2014 7:34 PM

    They don’t need to make it a 42 yarder. It was always meant to be almost a certainty. Maybe a 30 yarder or a 35 yarder.

    The problem is if you move it at all it takes away the fake for 2 points and the botched snap 2 pointer.

  11. chipper41 says: Mar 5, 2014 7:42 PM

    make the current two point play a one point play and award 2 points if a kicker booms it in from 50

  12. csilojohnson says: Mar 5, 2014 7:48 PM

    thats actually a good idea. wow first one in a few years.
    the extra point is so automatic. the defense barely make any attempt at a block unless its in the last 2 minutes. of course beer and bathroom breaks would lose a minute or so.
    it would definitly add more value to kickers. would also improve the vastly diminished competetive aspect of todays game.

  13. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 8:17 PM

    It increases the importance of kickers.

  14. honalulublue says: Mar 5, 2014 8:28 PM

    I’d hate to lose the option of the two point play, but on the other hand, the greater number of missed PATS from 43 yards could make a similar impact on the scoreboard at crunch time.

  15. cjas9298 says: Mar 5, 2014 8:35 PM

    Vinatieri’s right on all counts, especially player safety.

  16. thetruthcampaign says: Mar 5, 2014 8:50 PM

    Good points. It’s tradition. There’s room for tradition. And, it’ll be a more dangerous play the further back it is and the more blockable it is.

  17. mikep363839 says: Mar 5, 2014 8:53 PM

    I bet the NFL is aiming high on purpose saying the 25 yard line now but eventually everybody will agree on the 10 or 15… I like the idea of pushing it back but not to the point college and high school would have to adopt its own rules

  18. lanman11 says: Mar 5, 2014 9:40 PM

    Ever since this guy went to the Colts and the AFC South and started kicking in domes and southern climes, he’s gone soft.

  19. rcali says: Mar 6, 2014 12:17 AM

    Bingo.

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