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Morten Andersen wants the NFL to try longer extra points

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There’s been a bit of a backlash among NFL kickers against the idea that the extra point is too easy — “easy for you to say it’s easy,” the kickers seem to be telling the rest of us. But one of the greatest kickers in NFL history likes the idea of making extra points harder.

Morten Andersen, who kicked 849 extra points in his NFL career, told Sporting News that he thinks it’s time to consider changes to the extra point.

Adjusting it could be beneficial for the game,” Andersen said.

The NFL is reportedly considering moving extra points back from the 2-yard line to the 25-yard line in the preseason, and Andersen thinks a preseason trial makes sense.

“They should do it in preseason and see what the responses are and how it affects the flow of the game and outcome of the games,” Andersen said.

Even if the ball were spotted at the 25-yard line, NFL kickers would still likely make extra points more than 90 percent of the time. But they wouldn’t make them more than 99 percent of the time, as they do at the current distance. A longer extra point would make better kickers more valuable, which may be why a great kicker likes Andersen thinks they’re a good idea.

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11 Responses to “Morten Andersen wants the NFL to try longer extra points”
  1. realitycheckbaby says: Mar 5, 2014 8:51 AM

    QUIT SCREWING UP THE GAME GOODELL.

    YOU’RE NOT THE GENIUS YOU THINK YOU ARE.

    There goes the fake.

    You want to make it harder? Get rid of the holder and make them drop kick it.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 5, 2014 8:54 AM

    Extra points should be kicked from the 50 yard line.

  3. macker1283 says: Mar 5, 2014 9:06 AM

    My god, why do people have to make things so complicated? If you think extra points are pointless, then eliminate them. Make touchdowns 7 points. 6 points if you want to go for 2, and 8 points if you convert. This way, you dont have to change the fundamentals if watching the game. Making the extra points longer, evenif its still a gimme, will screw with the game because some will be missed. And comeback touchdown drives at the end of the game will be made irrelevant because some idiot kicker missed his 35 yard extra point.

  4. skinsrock says: Mar 5, 2014 9:36 AM

    I think they should do it at 35 yards, not 42 yarder for 1 point.

  5. dolphincritic says: Mar 5, 2014 9:47 AM

    Let the team opt for the longer field goal but make woth 4 points.

  6. halen11 says: Mar 5, 2014 9:56 AM

    Can you change that Morten Andersen pic to one of his time as a Saint? He is, after all in the Saints Hall of Fame. He was never ‘really’ a Falcon. It’s the right thing to do.

  7. cliverush says: Mar 5, 2014 10:22 AM

    If the degree of making the kick, thus scoring, increases then does not the level of skill increase. This would result in making the kickers position more valuable. This would raise the cap number on the position and if that happens it will be lowered at another position.

  8. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 5, 2014 10:30 AM

    Remember when Gary Anderson missed that FG for the Vikings in the 1998 NFC Championship Game? SKOL

  9. texansdude says: Mar 5, 2014 10:34 AM

    What a potential boon to good kickers. They might even be appreciated, finally! It’ll probably make the NFL a revolving door for bad ones, too.

  10. butlers91 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:40 AM

    I like it, and I think kickers would all like it. This change makes them much more valuable….well, unless they suck from 43 years away.

  11. therealjr says: Mar 5, 2014 3:16 PM

    Good as kickers are now, 42 yard FG is not a 90% proposition. In fact it’s low enough to merit going for 2 points every time, which is nearly 50/50.

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