NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NFL competition committee is reportedly discussing the possibility of moving the nearly automatic extra point to the 25-yard line.
The point-after-touchdown (PAT) — currently spotted at the 2-yard line — had a regular-season conversion rate of 99.6 percent (1,262 of 1,267) in 2013.
Coaches under the new proposal would have to choose between a 42-yard extra-point attempt or the traditional two-point conversion, according to Judy Battista of NFL.com.
An unnamed committee member told Battista there was “no consensus yet.”
“We could experiment in preseason, but we are not there yet,” the person said.
Commissioner Roger Goodell told the NFL Network in January that the PAT lacks “excitement” and could eventually be eliminated entirely. Goodell admitted there were “some issues” to consider, including whether a change would discourage teams from going for the two-point conversion.
“There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about,” Goodell said. “It’s automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball, so if you fail, you go back to six.”
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick also spoke out against the PAT earlier this year.
“I would be in favor of not seeing it be an over 99 percent conversion rate,” Belichick said in January. “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. It was a lot harder for them to do.”
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