BOSTON (CBS) – Brace yourselves: another possible change to the game we love so much could be coming to the NFL.
In a sit down interview with Rich Eisen of the NFL Network, commissioner Roger Goodell said the extra point play was no longer exciting, and cited the number that out of 1,261 attempts in the 2013 season there were only five missed kicks.
One idea Goodell likes is that you automatically get seven points for a touchdown, but the scoring team has the option of either running or passing for an additional point. However, if you choose to go for the eighth point and are held out of the endzone, you will be deducted down to six points.
Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak just shook their heads in disgust Wednesday morning at the idea, and thinks it’s just another case of Roger trying to fix what isn’t broken.
“You already made the kickoff less entertaining, and now you want to jerk around with the extra point? Is the extra point in the NFL broken? Is it really broken? I don’t think so at all. Messing around with the point system is just a hideous idea,” said Andy Gresh.
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Although changing the scoring system on extra points would be confusing (and problematic for the guys out in Vegas), there’s a way to make the play harder without changing how it’s scored.
“If Roger Goodell wants to make the extra point more exciting it’s not hard, and it won’t change any of the existing scoring: instead of spotting the ball at the 2-yard line for the extra point, spot it at the 20 and make it a 37-yard kick straight on.”
Like Gresh, Scott Zolak doesn’t have a problem with making the extra point kick more challenging.
However, this latest idea being floated around publicly just speaks to a bigger picture issue in that the NFL is always trying to adapt for no reason.
“Now all of a sudden you’re making sure the extra point is not an automatic kick, yet you’re going to change the rule on PAT/field goal against second-level pushing? We’re complicating a simple game is what we’re doing. The PAT/field goal is one of the more simple, pure things that’s left in the game. You’ve already taken the kickoff out of the game – what’s next?”
“Football is changing. I don’t want to say it’s changing for the bad, but it’s not what it used to be. Collisions are limited. The collisions are still there, but we’re in a league now where people are bitching for three weeks about Drew Brees getting hit by Ahmad Brooks. That’s football.”
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