Could the NFL eliminate a part of the game that actually puts points on the board? According to Commissioner Roger Goodell, that could be something the league's Competition Committee considers when they take a look at whether point after touchdown is a necessity.
Goodell sat down with NFL Network's Rich Eisen yesterday, and discussed the PAT. "The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell explained. "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."
Since 2004, the conversion rate for PATs is over 99-percent. Does the league need to continue to conduct the extra point kicking play, if 99-percent of the time it's going to be converted?
Goodell laid out one proposal that he's head, where a team scoring a touchdown is automatically awarded seven points. The team would then have the option to run another offensive play to gain the eighth point, in what is now the two-point conversion. However, if the team were to miss that conversion attempt, they would fall back to six-points scored on the drive.
In an NFL constantly looking for ways to make the game safer, eliminating a play that is as close to a guarantee as the league has, would seem like a good idea. If teams need eight points, they can still get it, but they have to risk a point in order to do it. The extra point is taken for granted by fans most of the time, anyway, so would they really miss the play?
As strange as it sounds, removing a scoring play from the game actually makes sense. Except for the kicker who would no longer rack up free points after each touchdown.