Roger Goodell’s recent proposal to eliminate the extra point has conjured up negative reactions in a pair of Pro Bowl kickers — the Ravens’ Justin Tucker and Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski.
Simply put, they aren’t fans of change.
“For what it’s worth, I like the extra point,” Tucker said Thursday, via NFL.com. “I like doing my job and I think it’s one of those things in the game that sometimes is taken for granted.”
Tucker doesn’t believe the success rate of extra point attempts — 99.1 percent since 2004 — is a legitimate reason to alter the game.
“Sure there is a high success rate,” he said. “There is also a high success rate at the end of the game when a guy is taking a knee. You got to snap the ball. You fumble the snap that makes it a completely different game.”
“… You look at these quarterbacks throwing for four and five thousand yards a season and they are getting increasingly efficient, but we aren’t going to tell the receivers to stop wearing gloves. In my opinion it is the same principle. That is my two cents.”
Gostkowski, who set the then-NFL record in 2007 for most PATs in a season (74), shared a similar sentiment: Don’t fix what’s not broken.
“If they want to move it back, go ahead, but completely eliminating it would be a terrible, terrible thing,” he said. “It’s such a good game the way it is, I don’t know why we have to go change everything all the time.”
Tucker and Gostkowski’s opinions are duly noted, but the decision will ultimately be up to Goodell and the league’s Competition Committee. If they see fit, the extra point could go the way of the dodo bird.
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