Quote: Subtraction by subtraction

“That’s going to take away something from us [kickers]. It’s been a part of the game for so long. And I think that it would be a disservice to take it away.”

– Jets Kicker Nick Folk on the notion that the NFL might remove the extra point

7 comments
frustjetfn
frustjetfn

If the NFL wants to fix something, then it should be to eliminate the Strength of Schedule BS in the draft rankings and replace it with Head-to-Head, W-L against the same teams and 5 year playoff history. SOS overweight's what other teams do against every other team instead of focusing on what the team being awarded the draft position does, but as long as the current system works for the reigning powers, it's not going to change. That's why when a team finally achieves something after sliding back down the hill for years, it's a boom for the league. Unfortunately, some teams like the Lions and Browns may never make it.

harvlis
harvlis

I would just move the PAT back ten yards, so it was not as much of a gimme.  Check the percentages, at the end of the season, and move it back further, if necessary.  I hate when they change the game. 

Vincent Winner
Vincent Winner

Here's my idea to make it more exciting (if the league insists on getting rid of the PAT).  A touchdown is 6 points still.  No PAT kick allowed.  Teams can go for a 1-pt conversion (just like current 2-pt conversion) or a 2-pt conversion, now from the 10 yd line.  It would bring a lot more tension into the game and teams needing two can still get it.  I'm guessing we'd see TD's ultimately getting a team 6 points about 45% of the time, 7 points about 55% of the time, and 8 points about 5% of the time.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Meh.  Since it's so automatic now, I like the idea of a team either accepting 7 points and kicking off, or taking 6 and going for 2.  This keeps the element of strategy the same as it is now, but eliminates the going-through-the-motions of the PAT.


Of course the kickers won't like it as it reduces their role, but I think it makes sense overall.

a57se
a57se

@frustjetfn  

The priorities of the league sometimes seem to be off kilter.

I like the idea of slotting teams with the same record based of their previous 5 years in the league.....I wouldn't solely go by playoff history but that does seem much more fair than SOS.

Vincent Winner
Vincent Winner

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @Vincent Winner  Perhaps, but I like it better than other changes I've heard.  It makes having a good goaline offense/defense that much more important.  If you're going to change it (and I'm not convinced it should be), at least make it something worth seeing.