Wednesday, January 22, 2014

PAT discussed in past, may have real legs this time


Some big names in high places in the NFL, including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and commissioner Roger Goodell, have recently voiced their opinion on the extra point. To Belichick, Goodell and a seemingly increasing number of coaches and executives, the PAT is too easy.

With a near-100 percent make rate on extra points over the past decade (and probably beyond), the conversation regarding the point-after format has picked up steam of late.

New York Giants owner John Mara told the Associated Press this week that the topic "came up for brief discussion in past (league) meetings, but no action was taken." That could change soon.

The conversation has extended well beyond the NFL's decision-makers over the past month or so, regularly finding its way on sports talk radio shows and in coaches press conferences. Goodell's latest chime has only increased the buzz.

Multiple coaches and owners told the AP they expect the topic to be addressed in coming meetings. And if the league does in fact decide it needs to make a change, the possibilities are endless.

The NFL could move the point-after attempt up a yard to make teams further consider going for two points, or it could move the kick way back to make it more difficult to make. If the latter were to happen, then the league would have to decide where to place the ball for the two-point conversion attempt.

It's something to keep an eye on between now and March. In that span, there will be plenty of ideas thrown around and interesting debate to follow.

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