Roger Goodell thinks that the extra point after touchdown is almost automatic, we have some ideas to make it a little more interesting.
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.
Being the sports fans and innovators that we are, we thought we'd put together some new ideas for the NFL to use to make the point after touchdown a little less "automatic." Check out ours and some listener ideas:
- Give the defensive line the option to climb up Chicken Fight style to block a kick.
- Each team has a little person that can be thrown upwards in an attempt to stop the ball.
- The entire field goal line MUST play barefoot.
- Make it rugby style where the person who scores the touchdown kicks the field goal and they kick it from exactly where you cross the touchdown line but back a few yards from the goal line. -From Listener Ryan
- Make them play in sumo suits. -From Listener Nick
- Move the PAT back farther and make it worth up to 3 points. -From Listener William