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Will the NFL eliminate the PAT?

Jan 21, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

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Roger Goodell thinks that the point after touchdown kick is too easy and the league is thinking about abolishing it.

“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said on NFL Network on Monday. “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.”

How automatic is the PAT kick? Even the Redskins, who had the worst special teams in the league by almost any measure, didn’t miss one, going 33 for 33 during the 2013 season. Since 1994 the league has been successful 99.1 percent of the time.

Goodell said that he liked one proposal that would make a touchdown worth seven points. After scoring a TD a team could opt to take the seven points or to try to run or pass for another point. However, if they are unsuccessful in the attempt they would lose a point and go back to six.

One obstacle to such a move could be player contracts. Some have incentive clauses that pay bonuses for leading the league in scoring. This system would make it easier for an offensive player to lead in scoring because touchdowns would be worth seven points instead of six and the lost easy points from kicking PAT’s would make it more difficult for a kicker to do so.

I’m sure they could figure out a way around this and any other issues that may pop up. Talking about this is a trial balloon by Goodell and if it gets a positive reaction the kinks will be worked out and it will happen. Perhaps it won’t happen in 2014 but it could happen sooner rather than later.

What do you think? Should the NFL eliminate the PAT kick? Or is this something that ain’t broke so don’t fix it.

  1. pigdaddytx - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    How about they discuss eliminating Roger Goodell from the NFL! He is killing this league…

  2. mlandon24 - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Absolutely not. Lets get the defenseless receiver issue worked out and certain fumble recoveries being reviewable before we change another aspect of the game.

    I agree with some of the changes made over the past few years, but this would jeopardize the integrity of the game.

  3. Jeff Wright - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Don’t eliminate it. Just move it back to the 20 or 30. In fact, if you want to reduce injuries, use it like a penalty box. A personal foul call on a hit or facemask moves your team’s PAT mark back another 5 yards for the remainder of the game.

  4. colmac69 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Get illegal picks/deliberate obstruction flagged every time…I know every club has plays that involve picks but the broncos are the worst…and blatantly in front of officials…how can refs flag for pass interference on guys trying to either prevent or help others get ball yet dont notice players deliberate stop players from covering their receiver…one example is first denver td vs redskins when I believe wilson was on welker near goalline but when play was snapped the other denver receiver went straight toward wilson to prevent him from covering welker who was wide open for td…broncos do it virtually every play near goalline…frustrating to say least

  5. rvptc - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    There are many ways to make the extra point very challenging. 1) Reduce the width to arena football width or less and kick the extra point from 50 yards out for 2 points and 55 yards out for 3 points. The run would be worth 1 point. This is the logic used at most youth level programs. the kick is worth 2 points because most teams don’t have a kicker and the run or pass is worth 1 point. This would put some excitement into the game and every extra point made would be earned. You would see a 40 to 50 percent conversion rate instead of 99 percent. Also, you could spice up the field goals by reducing the width of the goal post and or installing a center post with a sensor. If you hit the pole with the sensor then you would receive 4 points instead of 3 points. Kickers are very accurate these days and there talents should be utilized and teams rewarded that have excellent kickers. The one part of the game that you can make exciting without having to take someones head off with a good hit is the kick. Don’t eliminate it.

    What is next, eliminate the punt, eliminate the kickoff, eliminate the return, eliminate the pads and play flag football. We are headed down a slippery slope.

    Roger needs to worry about the concussions that are happening at an alarming rate and the brain damage occurring from repetitive hits that aren’t concussion hits. If this isn’t addressed and something done to reduce the number of hits a player takes in the head then the NFL may be sued out of business within the next 10 years.

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