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The Point After Touchdown


I saw a blip in today's WSJ that the NFL may eliminate the extra point kick because it has become automatic and unnecessarily delays the game. Apparently, Bill Belichick is a strong advocate for eliminating the extra point. The NFL is considering alternatives such as assigning 7 points to a touchdown but giving you the option to make it 8 by electing to run or pass it in after the touchdown. If you fail - then the touchdown would only count for 6 points.

Normally, I dislike messing with established rules unless the physical attributes of the players require a change to restore the original level of difficulty. I think messing with the point after is probably a good idea. Although I think a better approach would be to move the point after kick to the 20 yard line (for 1 point) and move the conversion back to the 10 or 15 yard line and assign 3 points. In each case the ball would be considered a live ball capable of being turned over to the defense by fumble or interception whereupon the defender could either down the ball and retake possession at the 20 or elect to return the ball until he is tackled or scores.

I also think there are way too many kick-offs out of or into the end zone such that the run back is becoming a reduced part of the game. I would move the kick-off back from the 35 to say the 20 or 25 yard line to encourage more run backs.

Does anybody agree with this for the NFL and do you think the same changes should be made to the college game?

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