Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Heart attacks waiting to happen

I'm not sure we understand just how much people are going to end up hating this.
The NFL has approved several rule changes regarding extra points, according to Dean Blandino, NFL's vice president of officiating.

Extra point attempts will be moved back from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, making it a 33-yard try.

The NFL experimented with longer PATS in the preseason, resulting in a miss for former New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham at the longer distance.
In other news:
The New Orleans Saints released veteran kicker Shayne Graham on Tuesday, one day after signing free agent Zach Hocker.

Graham, 37, connected on 19 of 22 field goals for the Saints in 2014.

He joined the team late in 2013 after kicker Garrett Hartley was released.

Graham has been on an 14 NFL rosters and played for nine different teams since he entered the league in 2000 when he was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent. He's connected on 266 of 311 field goals (85.5 percent) in his career.
Perhaps those two items are related in some way.

In any case, what the NFL has done in its quest to "add some excitement" is they've taken a quirky but boring part of the game and made it quirky but frustrating.  There is no added joy or glory in the experience of watching a successful 33 yard point. There will be a fair amount of annoyance at watching a lot of 33 yard misses.

But, hey, by all means let's try this if that's what you really want.  People are going to hate it, though. And when it turns out that they do, the next step will probably be to eliminate the extra point altogether. Maybe that's the idea here.

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