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NFL to Consider Longer PATs

Mar 27 2014, 12:25am CDT | by

Aside from banning goal-post dunk celebrations, the National Football League (NFL) is also considering longer point-after-touchdown (PAT) attempts.

The NFL is considering longer point-after-touchdown (PAT) attempts.  Rich Campbell of The Chicago Tribune has more on the proposed rule change in his March 26 report:  "There's a growing consensus...

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NFL to Consider Longer PATs

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Aside from banning goal-post dunk celebrations, the National Football League (NFL) is also considering longer point-after-touchdown (PAT) attempts.

The NFL is considering longer point-after-touchdown (PAT) attempts. 

Rich Campbell of The Chicago Tribune has more on the proposed rule change in his March 26 report

"There's a growing consensus among NFL teams that kicking extra points should be changed because successful tries have been automatic. The best way to tweak that part of the game remains subject to debate, but the NFL on Wednesday took a significant step toward finding out.

"The league's 32 teams tabled the Patriots' proposal to move the line of scrimmage on extra points from the 2 to the 25, and they instead opted to experiment with moving it to the 20 during two weeks of exhibitions this summer.

"Instead of 20-yard chip shots, extra points during those two weeks will require a successful 38-yard kick.

"The NFL competition committee is wary of applying the rule without the experiment because of unintended consequences." 

Campbell, who also says the line of scrimmage for two-point conversions will still be at the 2-yard line, spoke with St. Louis Rams head coach and competition committe member Jeff Fisher on the matter. 

Fisher said,"The committee, historically, has been very careful in recommending significant changes like that. So I think it's a positive thing as far as the try is concerned."

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri told USA Today's Jim Corbett on March 5 he's not in favor of longer PATs. 

"I don't understand the logic: Will it make the game safer for people by moving the extra point back to a 43-yarder? If anything, players are going to rush harder because they're thinking,'That far of a field-goal type try, we have to go after blocking it more.'

"If you want to talk about potential risk, more guys get injured on a field goal than an extra point. 

"It definitely will change the game. For the better? I'm not sure." 

Corbett then lists the rules which were approved on the third day of the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. in his March 26 update:  

-- The goal-post uprights will be raised from 30 to 35 feet.

-- The "NaVorro Bowman Rule," which was named after the San Francisco 49ers linebacker, makes loose ball recovery plays subject to replay review. 

-- The game clock will continue running even if the quarterback gets sacked during the final two minutes of either half.

Fisher said the committee is also focusing its attention no abusive taunting which includes both racially-charged and sexual slurs in order to set the example for the NCAA and youth football leagues, per Corbett. 

"In the past, taunting/sportsmanship was in the back of the book under points of emphasis. It is now a front-of-the-book issue. We want to put it back in the back of the book.

"The NCAA is hoping for us to do something at our level. And we have to take the lead, and we're going to do that. 

"With respect to sportsmanship on the playing field, the committee agreed after looking at a lot of tape and talking to a lot of entities, we agreed we had an issue on the field. And we agreed we're going to get it under control as soon as we possibly can. 

"We're going to clean the game up on the field between the players -- the in-your-face taunting, those types of things, the language. We're going to raise the standard...We are going to affect change immediately as early as the OTAs when players come back. We've got to change our conduct on the field. 

"We've got to bring the element of respect to the highest level back to our game." 


 

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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