We’ve all heard the talks of the NFL changing the extra point. After years and years of automatic point after attempts, people in the football world are starting to wonder if the time is right to make some alterations to the play. Sure, there are misses from time to time, but for the most part, we all know that six is likely going to turn into seven with the PAT (it happens 99.6% of the time).
One proposed idea was to completely eliminate the kick all together. Bill Belichick was proponent of that idea, and if you think about it, making teams go for two automatically (or one) would make the game a heck of a lot more interesting.
But the latest and greatest idea is actually coming from the league itself. The competition committee has apparently proposed the idea of a 42-yard PAT. No, that’s not a typo. 42-yard PAT.
This new proposed rule would move the ball back from its current place at the two-yard line, all the way to the 25-yard line. (NFL.com cites the make percentage of kicks from 40-49 yards at 83% in 2013.)
While I do like the concept of moving the PAT back, I think a 42-yard kick is a bit too far. That’s a tough boot, any way you slice it. To me, the NFL would be best served to start at the 15-yard line and go from there. If kickers are still knocking the PAT through with near perfection, then move it back a few more yards. Going from the two-yard line to the 25-yard line in one jump is a huge move.
However, I like where the league’s head is at. Hopefully, they make some changes before the start of this season or next.