Think Extra Points Are Easy?

Tucker v Denver

Talks have begun swirling around the NFL about the possibility of removing extra points from the game after teams score touchdowns.

Commissioner Roger Goodell recently told Rich Eisen of the NFL Network in order to keep the game “lively” they may entertain the notion of getting rid of it altogether.

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

Ahhh Roger, while the extra point may not be the most exciting play it is one kickers don’t take for granted and certianly don’t assume as a gimme.

While I am merely speculating here, perhaps Ravens kicker Justin Tucker doesn’t exactly agree with the sentiments of Goodell about the extra point being easy or automatic.

Tucker Tweeted on Wednesday:

While the statistics do support Goodell’s claims, don’t think for a minute that extra points are a given. Last June, Russell Street Report conducted a special Q&A with the Ravens Super Bowl kicker. Tucker went to great lengths to describe the pressure of making an extra point, particularly the crucial one against the Denver Broncos in the postseason that sent the game into overtime.

“ When Jacoby caught that ball and coasted into the end-zone I literally thought to myself I cannot miss this extra point!!!!!!   We are only down by one and the only way we can give ourselves a chance is if I can make the extra point. I can tell you honestly I never get nervous. I get excited for whatever opportunities I get and I am thankful for them but I was super nervous for that extra point. I was much more nervous about the extra point than kicking that cinder-block 47-yarder 30 minutes later.”

San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson scoffed at the idea as well, tweeting:

One of the new ideas being considered would be to make all touchdowns worth seven points, and teams that go for what’s now a two-point conversion would either gain or lose a point, making the score worth eight or six.

The proposed change has its fair share of supporters, including Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Of course, we all know Belichick has an ax to grind with the issue after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a broken forearm on a point after attempt in 2012 – not that two-point conversion tries are any safer.

(And let’s not forget, Bill – your Patriots were up by 35 points when that injury occurred. Maybe take your stars off the field in blowouts if avoiding injuries is really your priority?)

What do you think? Should PATs be eliminated? Do these kickers have a point, or are they just trying to protect their own livelihoods?

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Should the NFL eliminate the Point-After-Touchdown and score a TD as 7 points?
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12 Raves on “Think Extra Points Are Easy?

  1. CrabbyPatty on said:

    Kinda stupid stuff here if you ask me. If anything they should make the extra point a little more challenging but seriously, it’s not like it’s that easy to do. It may look automatic to most football fans because they see it performed successfully time and time again but one error and that extra point could be gone! It’s not easy for the long-snapper, the place holder or the kicker. Maybe they could move back 5 or 10 yards to make it more interesting instead of abolishing it completely. Make it more interesting, NFL, not less interesting!

  2. TheChuck on said:

    The extra point is not automatic. After all, there are those aforementioned five misses during this past season. However, I find it mind numbingly boring.

  3. J.O. on said:

    Yes pat’s are virtually automatic and if people weren’t so stuck in their ways they would see that this actually isn’t a bad idea. It’s one of those changes so small but seems huge at the time, I guarantee in a season or two no one will even remember because it’s insignificant. Kickers still have field goals and kickoffs to kick, it also may save injuries. I do think there should be a caveat that if it’s a game ending drive and a team is down by six they should have to kick for the extra point, other than that I’m fine with the change.

  4. akacrow on said:

    leave the game alone Rodge, if anyone is trying to save their phony bologna job it’s Rodge by trying to stay relevant. Here’s an idea Rodge, just sit back and enjoy the fact that you get paid millions to read a 3×5 card on draft day.

  5. hcso117 on said:

    They should be working on trying to get some competent referees on the field to enforce the rules that already exist correctly. The game as it is doesn’t need changing.

  6. Bruce_Almty on said:

    I like the idea; PATs are not easy but are routine and boring to watch.

    Additionally, to ease the officials burden, eliminate the starting and stopping of the play clock. Hear me out … Some NFL stat can tell the average time to play a quarter. For the sake of brevity, let’s say the 15 min quarters are increased to 20 minutes, once the quarter starts the clock continues to run unstopped until it reaches zero. However, I understand the need for tv timeouts and challenge flag stoppage. But again, there is an “average” run time stat the NFL could work off of.
    Just a thought.

  7. alexs on said:

    I love the idea of having whoever scored the TD kick it, that would be great fun and probably have an interesting effect on red zone play calling.

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