NFL Considering Proposal to make Extra Point Attempts Longer

Please, don't take away my easy points. - Kevin C. Cox

The NFL is actually considering the elimination of extra points, but they are also considering a scenario where they would simply make the attempt longer, and thus more challenging.

The extra point has become an afterthought int the NFL, and it’s become arguably he most boring play in all of sports. That’s because of it’s predictable nature, as PATs were successfully converted 1,256 of 1,261 times this year. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said late last season that it’s time in professional football may be coming to an end:

"The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell said. "I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd. So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play."

Is the NFL is actually considering the elimination of extra points?

Perhaps not if this report from NFL.coms' Judy Battista comes to be:

The NFL Competition Committee has discussed experimenting this preseason with a longer -- much longer -- extra-point try. According to one member, the committee's meetings this weekend included preliminary talks about placing the ball at the 25-yard line for the extra-point kick -- which would make it a 42-yard attempt -- rather than the 2-yard line, where it is currently placed.

Eliminating the extra point might be too dramatic of a move for the NFL to make, but making to more challenging and exciting of a ply to watch is something that could certainly happen.

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