Big Ben wants to go for two after every Steelers touchdown

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters Tuesday that he wants the Steelers go for two points after every touchdown they score in 2016.

What’s even more interesting is Roethlisberger said he and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin have talked about doing so.

Score one — or two — for at least thinking outside the box.

The 2015 rule change that moved the extra point kick back led to more teams trying two-point conversions than ever before, and no team did it as well as the Steelers. The Steelers led the NFL in two-point attempts (11) and conversions (8), and last September became the first team to try a two-point conversion in the first quarter of a game in 17 years.

Going for two 11 times in a season is still a far cry from going for two three or four times a game, but there’s some further history to back Roethlisberger’s case. The Steelers were 4-for-4 on two-point tries in 2014.

The Steelers have one of the league’s best offenses, so the thought of putting pressure on opponents by racing to score as many points as possible is an interesting one, even if it sometimes clashes with scoreboard logic and those old-school two-point charts. Also, Roethlisberger already takes a ton of hits and putting him in position to take even more instead of taking what’s almost always a free point is an issue that will certainly be raised.

It would probably only take one close loss on a day the Steelers failed to convert two or three times to get the natives ready to run Tomlin out of town, but at the very least this is a story worth following through the start of the season.

49 responses to “Big Ben wants to go for two after every Steelers touchdown

  1. Now that we have a kicker who can make extra points we may not need to but I like being aggressive. When you score on your opening drive and convert the two point conversion it really does put a lot of pressure on the other team.

  2. If they applied that thinking in every situation, then I would applaud them…..even more so after doing it down 1 with 2 minutes to go, failing, and watching other team sit on it as time runs out.

  3. It’s exciting when they go for 2 but it can have disastrous results if they don’t make it. I like the idea but only in certain game situations. Last year it almost backfired big time a couple of times.

  4. So the game is tied with 1 second on the clock… You still wanna go for two?

    But yeah, mysterytonite beat me to it. He was actually talking about cheeseburgers.

  5. As long as Ben is in the game they will be an unstoppable force. No matter how hard the other team tries to fight back or defend themselves.

  6. Tell em Ben.. You look great Btw. Them pounds you lost on your frame will benefeit u on the field. Cant wait… #7 is going to bring our 7th Lombardi Home. Sorry haters

  7. I hate the current 2-point option because in action it’s no different to a normal near-goal-line TD play but (of course) gets fewer points. It would be more intriguing to offer an alternative kick attempt that was longer (say 45yds) if going for 2 points.

  8. Do it! Screw the conventional wisdom. The NFL seems dead set on eliminating FOOT from football. Besides, the Steelers kicking situation is subpar anyway.

  9. With their offense I find it hard to believe that they wouldn’t convert at least 50% of the time, and if you convert at higher than 50%, basic math says go for it

  10. Applying basic math…if you make more than 50% of your 2 point tries, you should always go for 2. They made 73% of them last year….they should always go for 2.

  11. mysterytonite says:
    Jun 14, 2016 1:29 PM

    two…..cheeseburgers?
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    Chicks at the same time.

  12. theclebrowns says:

    So the game is tied with 1 second on the clock… You still wanna go for two?

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    Did you watch the Steelers – Chargers primetime game last season? Down by 3 on the 2 yard line with a few seconds left they went for it and scored. Absolutely no different than going for 2 down by 1.

    Say what you want about Tomlin but hes got cajones.

  13. Applying basic math…if you make more than 50% of your 2 point tries, you should always go for 2. They made 73% of them last year….they should always go for 2.
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    You only need a 50% success rate at two point tries to equal all the kicking you might otherwise do. Make a higher percentage and the score is more than kicking can give.

  14. People rip this notion JUST because it goes against what’s always been done. Statistically it’s not a bad idea though (and obviously they’re not going to go for 2 EVERY time, like if 1 gets them a 3 point lead late in a game or something).

    Let’s just say extra points are 100%, which they’re not anymore, but let’s just say they are.

    If Big Ben and his offense converted 50% of their tries, then they’d be breaking even on going for 2 every time instead of taking the extra point. So all they’d need to really do is convert 51% of the time and it’s statistically the right move.

    Steelers, by season, in 2-point attempts under Mike Tomlin

    2007=2/2, 100%
    2008=0/1, 0%
    2009=0/0, N/A
    2010=2/2, 100%
    2011=0/2, N/A
    2012=1/2, 50%
    2013=1/2, 50%
    2014=4/4, 100%
    2015=8/11, 73%

    TOTAL is 18/26 for 69%

  15. ohand16 says:
    Jun 14, 2016 1:46 PM

    As long as Ben is in the game they will be an unstoppable force. No matter how hard the other team tries to fight back or defend themselves.
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    So, like 10 games a season?

  16. If a team can hit 60% on their 2pt attempts they should do it almost every time. Let’s assume the extra point conversion rate is 95%. The expected value of extra points is .95……while the expected value of 2pt attempts with a 60% conversion rate is 1.2pts. That adds up over a season. Im willing to bet really good offenses can convert 2pt attempts 70% of the time. Hopefully a team comes along and revolutionizes this part of the game like Golden State has done with 3 pointers in basketball.

  17. First Ben needs to worry about scoring touch downs in the first place then he can mouth off about going for two. In the last three playoffs he cant score but one touch down and every two pointer was no good. What he talking bout?

  18. You shouldn’t “always” go for two, for instance not if you’re up by three or eight before the extra point with two minutes to go, but if experience shows you succeed on your 2-point tries more than half as often as on your 1-point tries, then you should go for two in normal circumstances if, unlike most fans, you understand math and logic. And if you’re a coach, the advantage of going for two may not outweigh the public outcry if on some occasion it costs you a game. (Speaking of math and logic, that reminds me of the way basketball statistics lump 2-point goals and 3-point goals together in field goal %.)

  19. That QB dropped 6 touchdowns and 500 yards on that team that wears the purple and black.

  20. Something we’ll never know department.

    Trailing 7 to Denver late in the playoff game last season, the Steelers were driving……and then the costly fumble.

    Ben insists and others have corroborated they were going for 2 if they scored the TD.

    We’d still be talking about today regardless of the outcome.

  21. mjd08501 says:
    Jun 14, 2016 1:54 PM

    With their offense I find it hard to believe that they wouldn’t convert at least 50% of the time, and if you convert at higher than 50%, basic math says go for it
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    Maybe but there are only so many plays you can run from the 2 and there is a difference between running those plays 11 times and 45 times so basic math also says the success percentage will go down the more you do it as teams will be scouting those plays heavily if they do it every time. Doing it against the Cleveland`s is one thing but doing it consistently against the Baltimore`s ,Cincinnati`s,Denver`s & New England`s is a different story.

  22. Let the Steelers be the first kid on the block to give up a pick-two AND lose a qb to injury on a post-touchdown conversion.

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    mmack66 says:
    Jun 14, 2016 2:13 PM
    ohand16 says:
    Jun 14, 2016 1:46 PM

    As long as Ben is in the game they will be an unstoppable force. No matter how hard the other team tries to fight back or defend themselves.
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    So, like 10 games a season?

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    Gee a Pat’s fan trolling……I thought they only cared about the gas law not blowing gas at Steeler fans…..amazing.

    Ben’s got a point and it plants a seed for teams to spend time planning for….sounds smart to me.

    Also, not any Ben haters being very creative…….Id give them 8th grade at best.

  24. If they do it will certainly be way more entertaining than just going for the kick. I say they should do it, i’ll certainly be more interested in watching the extra point(s) attempt in this case.

  25. baddawg02 says:
    Jun 14, 2016 7:09 PM

    Yea I watched them play cincy,as a matter of fact three times.also watched the Steelers beat them twice.
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    Good for you. Did you notice that in those 3 games they only went for 2 once and didn`t make it? Did you notice they didn`t go for 2 in 2 games against Baltimore? Did you notice know they failed against good defenses like Arizona & Seattle? Or notice that they were 6-6 against bad defenses like Cleveland,Indianapolis,Oakland & San Francisco to build that percentage? Of course not,Your a Steeler fan you can`t let facts get in the way of your BS.

  26. The X point is no longer a gimmee. If the Steelers practice it a lot they should play what they practice. Also practicing it means the defense gets practice defending the 2 point play. Win Win

  27. Johnc44,you are the one who needs to get their facts straight,steelers beat Arizona and not only put over three hundred yards on that defense but also did it with Vick and jones at qb. As far as Seattle is concerned check that game out,over five hundred yards offense.by the way who did your team play to get to such a excellent record?and that my friend is facts and let’s me know who is full of bs.

  28. Yeah John over 300 yds in the game with Arizona which resulted in a Steeler win with jones and Vick at qb. Put over 500 yds against Seattle which was a Seattle win.so before you talk smack get your facts straight first.by the way your team is? So I can see who they played to get their outstanding record.

  29. Oh and John you forgot to mention how they failed against Denver’s defense.oh that’s right,they beat the Broncos during the regular season.funny you didn’t mention that.your arguments are baseless.fact is the better the team the better the steelers play.But yes it was good for me to watch them play cincy three times.adios.

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