It seems that the most uneventful play in football (college or pro) is about to get a makeover, perhaps a radical one if Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has his way. According to NFL Competition Committee co-chair Rich McKay, there is a “clear sentiment” to change the extra point in time for the start of the 2015 season.
But there isn’t a clear consensus on how the PAT should be altered.
Some committee members want the PAT attempt moved back to the 15-yard line, a move that would supposedly encourage teams to go for two points. Others want the goal posts narrowed, and moved back. Still others, perhaps a majority, want defenses to be able to score.
“I think all teams pretty much said the same thing, ‘It’s time to make this play (defenses can score) a football play,'” McKay said. “And the way to make it a football play is No. 1: Allow the defense to score.”
Carroll advocated for that. He also wants the placekicker eliminated entirely. In lieu of the kicker, Carroll would like to see:
- Automatic seven points for a touchdown.
- Mandatory try for one point from the two-yard line.
- One point to the defense for returning a fumble or interception.
In addition to Carroll’s proposal, the committee will consider the idea of letting teams decide if they want to kick an extra point from the 15-yard line or going for two points from the two-yard line.
The committee did not take a vote on re-doing the extra point at the owners’ meetings in Arizona this week, but probably will take one when the NFL holds its spring meetings in San Francisco in two months.
“I think in the next 30 days you will see the Competition Committee, in conjunction with a lot of coaches, develop a lot of alternatives and be ready to put something forward for potentially a vote in May,” McKay said.