A few days ago word came out that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wanted to look at possibly doing away with the extra point in the NFL. He floated the idea that instead of having an extra point, teams would be awarded seven points for a touchdown, and be given the option to pass or run for an eight point. Or have a point subtracted is they failed.
This set off a fire of storm controversy as many football traditionalists were alarmed at the thought of eliminating the extra point. But the question I have, is the extra point even relevant any more? I mean it’s like 99.1% efficiency on the play, and there’s hardly much of a chance that a kicker will ever miss it. So why bother?
It’s pretty much a useless play. And although I can understand why traditionalists don’t want to see it go away, one of the things that’s made the NFL so popular is that it’s so open to change things to make the game better. Now I have no idea exactly how eliminating the extra point would affect the grand scheme of the game?
But it’s possible that it could actually enhance how teams go about their strategy, and make the outcome of games more exciting. However, there’s one thing about Goodell’s plan that I don’t like. I don’t agree with just giving a team seven points for a touchdown. They should keep it at six.
The conversion play should be mandatory though, and you get the normal two points if you convert. But you shouldn’t lose points if you fail. Knowing the conservative nature of NFL coaches, they’d never go for the conversion unless they absolutely had too. Because they wouldn’t want to lose any points.
The conversion rate on two point conversions is 50%, so you have a one in two shot at it. Well anyway that’s my idea. What do you think? Do you think the NFL should eliminate the extra point?