NFL Considering 42-Yard Extra Point

by Greg Pollowitz

Via Bleacher Report:

If you want an extra point in the future, you might have to really work for it.

The NFL is reportedly considering making PATs 42 yards, per Judy Battista of

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.

A member of the competition committee said, “There is no consensus yet. We could experiment in preseason, but we are not there yet.”    

The reason for the proposed change is that extra points are too much of a given. It’s gotten to the point—no pun intended—where teams might as well be given seven points automatically for a touchdown because the PAT is essentially a free point.

The two-point conversion, however, stays at the two-yard line. So if the rule-change happens, we’re likely to see more two-point attempts.

The last rule change involving kickers — moving the kickoff to the 35-yard-line — resulted in almost half of all kickoffs ending up as a touchback. If PATs are too boring and kickoff returns too dangerous, maybe the NFL should just get rid of kickers entirely and replace the field goal with a variation of the giant Dr Pepper can?

A quarterback trying to hit a Dr Pepper can from 40 yards out? I’d love to see that every game. Plus, getting rid of the kicker would free up salary-cap space for real players. Make it happen!