Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham (right) kicks a 34 yard field goal against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Making His Own Game: NFL Commish Goodell Toying With Eliminating Extra Point


The Pittsburgh Steelers place kicker Shaun Suisham has been referred to as ‘money.’  In fact, myself and others on Twitter often have a little fun when typing out his name with some dollar signs: $haun $ui$ham.  His field goal attempts inside the 40 yard line (save for a few) are pretty much automatic.  He’s even more automatic when it comes to extra point attempts.  And according to NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell, a high success rate is a problem.

Ginger Jag sat down with NFL Network’s Rich Eisen on Monday and revealed that the league is considering eliminating the extra point attempt.

The extra point is almost automatic. I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (attempts). So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play.

So what does Goodell and the league want as the alternative?  A touchdown equals seven points instead of six.  Well you can’t get any more automatic than that.  Teams would still be able to go for 2, but if they fail, their score will be reduced to 6 instead of 7.

Alright, let’s get one thing straight – I agree that the extra point is a rather automatic play.  There is still always the chance of a block or a botched kick by the place kicker, but those are rare.  An argument that Bleacher Report writer Tim Keeny makes is that removing the extra point could lessen the chance of injury on what could be construed as a useless play.  I get that.

What my problem with this (and with most things that involve Ginger Jag) is that Goodell is willing to eliminate such a traditional part of the game in order to eliminate something he considers not very exciting – aka boring.  Instead of perhaps making it more challenging he would rather take the easy way out and just do away with it altogether.  Traditionalists are reeling, many are scratching their head.  Is there anyone who can actually get behind this logic?

Why couldn’t the extra point be moved back to the 5 or even the 10 yard line?  Make it a 25 yard attempt.  Believe it or not, as much as Goody Goody thinks that the extra point attempt is worth… well… not even an extra point, it factors in as a huge part of the strategy of the game.  Factor in all the different point combinations and that one point is pretty important between a win or loss.  Then why get rid of it when there’s a possibility of that attempt failing?

I thought the job of the commish was to make the game better while in office, not water it down in his own quirky way.  Wouldn’t it be more fun to take a play that might not be as exciting and make it more challenging – thereby peeking the interest in the fans?  Am I the minority in this?

Maybe I’m upset because I’ll be sad that I won’t get as many butt pinches from my wife after her “Shaun Squeezum” puts the football through the uprights…. Goodell, always ruining my fun.

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  • Pridenpoise

    I say we eliminate Goodell.

  • hugoleonz

    Keep the 2 point conversion as it is and move back the kick to the 20 yard line (37 yard attempts are not automatic). Also, allow fake kicks from the 20, which would award 3 points in case of scoring (running or passing).

  • John Cornelius Cohen

    I think the kick should be lined up where ever the touchdown was scored back on the 20. For instance if the touchdown was scored in the corner you do not kick from the hash mark, but from a point near the sideline from the 20 yard line. This makes it a more difficult conversion. Naturally it would have to be at a spot on the field that is possible, but not automatic. This would also factor into where teams try to score from in a tight game. Similar to Australian Rugby League!

    Following a try, the scoring team has a chance to convert the try from four points to six with a place kicked goal over the crossbar and between the uprights of the goal-posts; this is known as a conversion and the six point total is known as a converted try. The kick may be taken from a position perpendicular
    to the goal line opposite the location that the try was scored. The
    kick may be taken as close or as far from the goal line as the kicker
    prefers. Try-scorers will sometimes attempt to “improve the angle” for
    the kicker by grounding the football as close to the goal-posts as
    possible.

  • freeportguy

    Keep a TD worth 6 points, then no more kick after TD, instead a regular conversion play, 1 point from the 5, and 2 points from the 10