BY: John Mamola
The extra point in NFL football hasn't seen this much debate since its inception in 1897. What to do with a simple kick between uprights separated by just under nineteen feet from each other? Should the NFL eliminate the attempt because they have become boring and irrelevant? Should the NFL force teams to go for the two-point conversion?
The latest example of what the NFL could do to the extra point surfaced on Monday by NFL.com's Julie Battista who reported the league's competition committee would discuss moving the extra point attempt from the 2-yard line to the 25-yard line.
That's right....a 42 yard attempt for one point.
"There is no consensus yet," said an anonymous committee member to Battista. "We could experiment in preseason, but we are not there yet."
Last season, kickers missed just five of 1,267 extra-point attempts, a conversion rate of 99.6 percent. Apparently the high success rate led to Commissioner Roger Goodell recently suggesting the demise of the extra point could be imminent, because it is almost automatic, and thus not exciting enough.
A longer extra-point try certainly would make things more interesting.
@SI_PeterKing Why not make the 42yard PAT worth two points? Give teams an option, either one play to get 2 yards, or a non gimme field goal.— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) March 4, 2014
@SI_PeterKing Make it a fifty yarder then. Chicks dig the long ball. (Should be approximately the same average too)— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) March 4, 2014