Re: BB Wants Extra Points From 43+ Yards?
posted at 3/4/2014 10:14 AM EST
In response to PhatVirginian's comment:
""That's not the way the extra point was put into the game," Belichick said in January. "It was an extra point that you actually had to execute and it was executed by players who were not specialists, they were position players. It was a lot harder for them to do."
Belichick's overriding point was that the play is no longer exciting and is a waste of time in its current form. Considering that kickers converted 99.6 percent of extra-point attempts last season, he has a point. And the league heard it.
According to NFL.com, the league is considering having teams line up at the 25-yard line for extra points, which would have the kicks coming from 43 yards out, as opposed to the current 20."
Would this be good for the game?
Why further emphasis the importance of kickers in a game by moving the extra point try back to the 25 yard line by essentially forcing a 42 yard FG attempt per extra point? From a players' safety standpoint, this will also serve to add an extra special teams play for every TD scored...or an increase in goal line plays for 2 point conversions. If the league wants more excitement in the game, than why not put a stop to all those touch-backs on kick-offs by having teams kickoff from the 35 yard line again? What play in the game is more exciting than a good kickoff return?
The NFL is getting more and more like Congress, and is over-legislating the game. Every year they seemingly add a bunch of new rules which further places the outcome of games on the whims of a group of mediocre at best referrees. Instead of worrying about trivial stuff like this and whether or not to penalize the use of the "n word" on the gridiron:
1.) why not do something to address the growing number of knee injuries, resulting from the over-emphasis on preventing blows to the head?
2.) why not change the PI rule...making it a spot foul only on blantant interference, and a 5 yard PI penalty with an automatic first down for anything else?
3.) why not strive to come up some consistency among officials by coming up with a bright line definition of what constitutes offensive holding?
4.) why not place a greater emphasis on calling offensive PI, in order to stop "pic plays"? This would result in forcing teams to throw the ball down field more often...as it would serve to reduce the multitude of crossing patterns and slants being run. This in turn would serve to eliminate some of the booming hits by LBs and SS on WRs...which currently are essential to control a passing attack.
5.) why not change the rules on challenges, whereby, if a challenge is successful, a team will still have two remaining instead of one...and allow PI calls and all personal foul calls for illegal hits to be challengable?