Nick Schwartz / USA Today
The least-exciting play in any NFL game, by far, is the extra point following a touchdown. Blocks almost never happen, and kickers rarely miss.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell understands that, and he told Rich Eisen of the NFL Network that extra points may be removed from the game, in an effort to keep things lively.
“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.”
Goodell explained to Eisen that one proposal he’s heard of is to automatically award seven points for a touchdown, and then allow teams to go for an eighth point with a passing or running play as usual. If the team fails to convert when going for eight, however, they would lose a point, earning six total points for the touchdown. Whether that system is put into place remains to be seen, but Goodell says the league’s competition committee is continually assessing possible changes.
“We often get a lot of ideas that are thrown out, the committee will look at them and decide what is worthy of further consideration.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said earlier this month that he’d like to see the extra point changed so that conversion is not so automatic.
“I would be in favor of not seeing it be an over 99 percent conversion rate. It’s virtually automatic. That’s just not the way the extra point was put into the game. 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.”