NFL Competition Committee unlikely to abolish extra point

Outspoken kickers Justin Tucker, Stephen Gostkowski and Nick Folk can rejoice. The extra point is seemingly here to stay.

Speaking on Mike and Mike in the Morning, Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a longtime member of the NFL Competition Committee, affirmed the league is unlikely to eliminate the point after play.

“I’m sure it will be discussed, but that’s a wide departure,” Fisher said, via Profootballtalk.com. “The committee and the league has always been real careful about drastic changes like that. That came out of left field. It’s not been discussed by any committee members. We have not had a chance to visit with the commissioner with respect to that. It would be interesting to see where it goes, but I would say it’s unlikely that we see something happen this year.”

This topic has been discussed ad nauseum since Roger Goodell floated a proposal last month that would replace extra points with a new scoring system. In reality, the idea never had much of a chance of clearing the Competition Committee, which has to approve all changes before they go into effect.

Fisher laughed off another option — one first brought up by Patriots coach Bill Belichick — in which the player who scores a touchdown must also boot the PAT.

“I also heard somebody say, ‘Why don’t you have the guy kick it who scored the touchdown?’ That would be something,” Fisher said. “Every Saturday we play around and let our practice squad players try to kick a field goal, and I’ll tell you, it’s a sight to be seen.”

While that would certainly add more excitement to every game — something Goodell is very keen on — it’s just another pipe dream. The NFL may be evolving, but it will take a while for a staple like the extra point to go the way of leather helmets.

(Photo credit: AP/Nam Y. Huh)

Zack Kelberman
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