The extra-point could be no more. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he will consider getting rid of the extra-point in favor of more something more exciting. Patriots coach Bill Belichick first brought this idea to the forefront a few weeks back when he said extra-points are a “waste of time”.
Here’s what Goodell said to the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen about what the league is thinking about doing with the extra point:
“The extra-point is almost automatic. I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (1,256-for-1,261, to be precise). So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play. There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about. 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.”
Let’s be real, the extra-point is without a doubt the most boring and useless play in the game so it only makes sense to simply give a team a 7th point following a touchdown. However, the infamous “pick-six” phrase would have to change to “pick-seven” which doesn’t nearly have the same ring to it.
Goodell’s idea about going for an 8th point is compelling. If you decide to go for that 8th point and succeed, you get it. But if you fail you go back to six. Coaches that go for it and fail would be sure to face criticism.
For a league that’s in the entertainment business, making the game more entertaining is always welcome.
Getting rid of the extra-point would certainly accomplish that.