Competition Committee unlikely to seek change in extra points


The extra point may be so predictable it’s pointless, but that doesn’t mean the NFL is going to change it.

Jeff Fisher, the Rams’ coach and a longtime member of the NFL Competition Committee, said on Mike & Mike that there will be discussions about the extra point this offseason, but the league isn’t going to make a wholesale change to a play that has been part of football for more than a century.

“I’m sure it will be discussed, but that’s a wide departure,” Fisher said, when asked about doing away with extra points. “The committee and the league has always been real careful about drastic changes like that. That came out of left field. It’s not been discussed by any committee members. We have not had a chance to visit with the commissioner with respect to that. It would be interesting to see where it goes, but I would say it’s unlikely that we see something happen this year.”

When Bill Belichick first broached the subject of eliminating extra points last year, we noted that one option to make the extra point more fun would be to require the player who scored the touchdown to kick the extra point. Fisher said he got a laugh out of that and has seen first hand what it looks like, because the Rams sometimes have their practice squad players try to kick field goals.

“I also heard somebody say, ‘Why don’t you have the guy kick it who scored the touchdown?’ That would be something,” Fisher said. “Every Saturday we play around and let our practice squad players try to kick a field goal, and I’ll tell you, it’s a sight to be seen.”

That rule change would make extra points must-see plays. As it stands, extra points are just an opportunity for a longer bathroom break after a touchdown.

41 responses to “Competition Committee unlikely to seek change in extra points

  1. In 2009, the Vikings played at Chicago and Ryan Longwell missed an extra point in the third quarter. As a result, the touchdown the Vikings scored at the end of the game sent the game into overtime rather than winning it. The Vikings lost in overtime, costing them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They lost at New Orleans in overtime in the NFC Championship game and it isn’t a stretch to think they would have won if they had played at home. Therefore, a missed extra point cost the Vikings the Super Bowl.

  2. I would like to see all PATs kicked and defended by each team’s respective cheerleader squad.

  3. Since important games were determined by penalties not called. Why not allow the coaches the ability to challenge anything, as long as they can articulate what they are looking to correct? The refs miss as many calls as they make, and a missed call can be just as pivotal.

  4. Am I the only one who remembers the Aaron Brooks saints lateralling the ball up and down the field on the final play to “tie” the game only to watch their kicker (Carney?) miss the tying extra point?

    Or the Tony Romo fumble?

    an extra point requires focus and execution. When there is a lapse in that at a critical moment, a team deserves to lose. The extra point is mental and not physical. Let’s not screw around with it.

  5. Don’t see any reason for the extra point being eliminated. Bengals missed the playoffs in 06 because of a missed extra points. Dallas lost a playoff game on a field goal the length of extra points on the infamous Charlie Brown play.

  6. I think the guy scoring the TD should kick the PAT just like the player scoring a hoop has to shoot the free throw. That would be awesome (and make Wes Welker even more valuable)!

  7. The point-after is the most boring scoring play in all of sports. A free-throw in a blowout NBA game is more interesting.

  8. The problem is, even a small change regarding the PAT just makes too much common sense. The Competition Committee does a better job of screwing up the game with all manner of rules regarding how, where and when a player can be tackled. Want to leave well enough alone out of respect for the tradition of the game? Fine. Just leave the other things alone too. There is no reason why the NFL, of all the major professional sports, has to keep changing the rules of the game every year.

  9. Order #1 of the Competition Committee should be to ban the Bengals from the 1st round of the playoffs.

  10. The game is fine quit messing with it. I cant remember the last time someone got injured on an extra point.

    Blocking an extra is one the most exciting plays in the game when it does happen.

  11. That’s exactly what I’m waiting on. My team to miss a couple of extra points in the game. Hopefully we take the ball downfield for a great and exciting drive only to miss the extra point. Can’t wait! Leave the game alone.

  12. shaggytoodle says:
    Feb 18, 2014 12:33 PM
    The game is fine quit messing with it. I cant remember the last time someone got injured on an extra point.

    Blocking an extra is one the most exciting plays in the game when it does happen.
    Gronk broke his forearm while blocking for an extra point a few seasons ago.

  13. As others have said, move the PAT back so making it isn’t a given. It’s a simple solution that keeps the extra point in the game, but may give coaches more pause when deciding to go for one or two.

  14. detectivejimmymcnulty says:
    Feb 18, 2014 12:44 PM

    Gronk broke his forearm while blocking for an extra point a few seasons ago.

    Ok and before that was…. a Gramatica over celebrating ?

  15. ^^^ Gronk is more fragile than a piece of glass. So him breaking his arm is to be expected. With the exception if that softy, it’s a rarity, and that’s putting it lightly.

  16. Don’t know why there is such a move to change the PAT formula. If they do away with it or make it relevant there would be no time other than halftime to hit the concession stands or bathrooms without missing some football.

  17. Eliminate the PAT and give extra pts. for long FG’s. 20yds =2pt, over 30 3pts, over 40yrds =4pt and over 50 yds =5pts

  18. When you have terrible calls that actually ruin games (like the Calvin Johnson rule or ticky-tack roughing the passer rules), and they can’t be challenged, why is the PAT so important to discuss?

  19. Make the PAT a live ball for the defense. If the defense can get the ball into the opposition end zone, it’s 2 points.

    Fumbled snap, blocked kick … now those are potentially scoring plays for the defense.

  20. Get rid of the holder. The holder is what makes it “easy.” Require the kicker to take the snap, run it, pass it, or drop-kick it.

  21. Give the team that scored the option to kick it from the 50 yard line and if they make it, give them 2 or 3 points instead of 1.

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