Could we see the end of automatic 7 point touchdowns?
The NFL Spring League Meeting is this week. Where NFL owners get together to discuss different rule changes, talk about the upcoming season and do the things that billionaires do. Part of what they do is look to alter the game of football even further.
NFL owners will consider three proposals this week for changing the extra point. The Patriots, Eagles and the league's Competition Committee submitted the proposals and three-fourths majority is needed for any of the proposals to pass.
New England suggested snapping the ball from the 15 yard line for the one-point kick, meaning that all point after kicks would be 33 yard kicks. That change makes it hardly the chip shot that it is currently and makes it less of a given that a touchdown will be an automatic 7-points.
Philadelphia proposed that the extra point kick gets snapped from the 15, but that the ball gets moved to the 1 yard line for two-point conversions. The Eagles also suggested that defenses can score points if it returns a turnover on the 2-point conversion to the other end zone.
The competition Committee offered the same proposal as the Eagles, except that they would like to keep the two-point conversion at the 2-yard line like it is currently.
These changes would indeed make the points after a touchdown far more interesting and could change the strategy dramatically for NFL teams. If the kick is further away and a team has a kicker that has been on a bad streak lately, a team could easily decide that they feel more comfortable trying to run it in or throw for the extra points instead. However, a bad throw at the end of the game that gets returned to the other side could swing those close contests.
All in all, these are not terrible proposals. The Ravens would surely benefit from having Justin Tucker, one of the league's most accurate and strong legged kickers on the roster. However, if the ball gets pushed to the 1-yard line, the Ravens might be intrigued to try and force it in behind one of the best offensive lines in the league.