Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18
While Roger Goodell may have floated the idea of abolishing the extra point around to gauge the reaction of fans, don't expect there to be a change anytime soon according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
Talked on Total Access about what the Competition Committee mulled today. Eliminating the PAT is a long way off. Changing history takes time— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 19, 2014
The extra point may soon be extinct in the NFL.
In an interview with Rich Eisen of the NFL Network on Monday, Jan. 20, commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that the league is at least considering abolishing the point-after attempt.
NFL.com's Marc Sessler provides the quote from Goodell:
The extra point is almost automatic. 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 with every play.
According to Goodell, one new proposed system would award teams with seven points for a touchdown. They could still attempt a conversion (presumably still from the 2-yard line) for a chance at an eighth point, but if the attempt fails, the touchdown would only be worth six points.
Essentially, it would be the exact same as the current system, only with extra points being automatic. In other words, it would be NFL Blitz.
What should happen to extra points?
To be fair, extra points are already more or less automatic at the professional level. If Goodell's 5-of-1,200 stat is accurate, that means there was a 99.6 percent success rate on PAT attempts in 2013. Moreover, according to Sessler, there has been a 99.1 percent success rate since 2004.
Is that 0.4 or 0.9 percent chance at a missed attempt really worth it to run a play that no one seemingly cares about? Or a play that provides an opportunity for players to unnecessarily injure themselves?
Of course, there will be the traditionalists who don't want to see the game altered. The Big Ten Network's Brent Yarina suggested simply moving the extra point back instead of completely removing it:
I'm sure kickers are also probably fine with keeping things the same.
Still, if Goodell is looking to speed up the game while affecting it in a minimal way, abolishing the extra point seems like a sound solution.