NFL commissioner: Maybe we’ll get rid of extra points after touchdowns

posted at 11:21 am on January 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

A plea for more excitement in the game from the man who ended instant sudden death in overtime. Extra points are almost automatic already, he notes — just five misses this season in 1,267 attempts — so why not make them truly automatic? The new plan:

“You want to add excitement with every play,” Goodell said. “So there have been some proposals. Some are still going through the process of creativity, but there’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about (where) it’s automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball. But if you fail, you’d go back to six.”

I spent five seconds after reading that trying to game out how the rule change would affect strategy before realizing that what he’s describing is … exactly the way the game is played now. The only difference under the new scheme is that five or so missed PATs per year would be eliminated, pushing the success rate for seven-point TDs from 99.6 to a cool 100. How does that add more excitement? Right now, there’s a very slim chance that someone will blow a crucial game-tying extra point. Goodell would actually reduce the amount of unpredictability in the game (slightly) by taking that away.

If you want to liven up the PAT, there’s an obvious solution: Move it way, way back. TDs would remain six points but afterward coaches would have a choice. Either go for two from the two-yard line or try a 45-yard kick for the extra point. If your goal is more excitement then you should be increasing the incentive for teams to try two-point conversions by decreasing the incentive for them to kick instead — and if they do kick, you want some real suspense in whether they’ll make it. I’d be all for it, but I realize that the first time a team loses by a point because their kicker missed the PAT by six feet, their fans would be screaming bloody murder and demanding the return of the chip-shot PAT. That’s why we can’t have nice things, America. Discard your childish traditions! Click the image to watch.

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AP and Mike Golic agree. Make it so, NFL

Brad G on January 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Do it like Rugby. The kick is directly back from the point of touch. If the touchdown is in the corner, the kick comes from that point directly back from the point of touch, and NOT inside the hashmarks. If the TD is in the center, then the kick is from the center. That should satisfy Goodell and make the kick a lot more interesting.

ultracon on January 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

NFL Blitz did it.

blammm on January 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Miss the PAT field goal = the team forfeits their pay for the game.

There’s a suspenseful choice.

(No.)

Jeddite on January 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

The NFL would be better served getting rid of Goodell instead.

ButterflyDragon on January 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

The mind boggles. I’m sure none of the “problems” the NFL has have anything to do with high ticket prices (in a bad economy), bad referees or a month long tribute to pink bows.

oryguncon on January 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM

This guy is a total D-bag.

Hey Goodell, here’s a novel idea.

Why don’t you clean up the OFFICIATING YOU EFFING MORON!!!!!!!

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM

What a pleasant surprise – allahpundit knows football!

platypus on January 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Have the kickers kick with their opposite foot, or in a 2-point attempt the QB needs to throw with his opposite arm.

Bishop on January 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

+1 Ultracon, move the kick. You could also stop changing different specialized teams every 5 blasted minutes and put in less commercial breaks.

ExPat on January 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Get rid of the rule on group touchdown dances and give style points instead.

blammm on January 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The solution is actually simple, and something they should be doing anyway to increase the amount of times that teams go for it on 4th down.

Narrow the goal posts to 15 feet.

Kickers have become increasingly more accurate over the years. Taking away a yard or so in width would have a dramatic impact on the kicking game… Even the extra points as well.

Also, Goodell seems to forget that epic miss on the PAT by the Saints kicker a few years ago. After the most ridiculous last play of a game in years on multiple laterals, the kicker missed the PAT and the team didn’t make the playoffs as a result.

Washington Fancy on January 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I agree with this move. However, I would not make 7 points automatic. It would be 6 plus the two conversion attempt. I would also like to see them narrow the goal posts as John Harbaugh has suggested. It would make the field goal decsion a tougher one to make and you would see more teams going for it on fourth down between 25-35 yards out. That adds excitement.

jerryofva on January 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

How will kikcers pad their point totals if we eliminate the PAT?

Top ten in career points:

1. Morten Andersen 2,544 1982-2007
2. Gary Anderson 2,434 1982-2004
3. Jason Hanson 2,150 1992-2012
4. John Carney 2,062 1988-2010
5. Adam Vinatieri 2,006 1996-2013
6. Matt Stover 2,004 1991-2009
7. George Blanda+ 2,002 1949-1975
8. Jason Elam 1,983 1993-2009
9. John Kasay 1,970 1991-2011
10. Norm Johnson 1,736 1982-1999

Going down the list I think just about the entire top 50 are kickers. First non-kicker on the list is Jerry Rice in 31st position.

NotCoach on January 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Leave it alone!

changer1701 on January 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

LACES OUT, ROG!

Heck, eliminate kickoffs and punts, too, and don’t call it football anymore.

And fine Goodell for every stupid rule change.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Wha????????

cmsinaz on January 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Make touchdowns worth 3.
Make field goals worth 7.

portlandon on January 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Leave the extra point alone. Nobody complains about a five-second play that is nearly automatic isn’t as exciting as the 68-yard pass play that came before it.

You need the one, if for no other reason than to make the decision to go for two retain strategic value.

Football’s actually pretty good right now; it’s never been more popular… or more lucrative.

About the only thing you can do to improve it is make the Pro Bowl interesting to watch, which is nigh impossible.

The Schaef on January 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Leave the game alone, Goodell!

Robert_Paulson on January 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Roger get out of football and go back to jump rope.

tim c on January 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

“This is all because I supported Gay marriage!”

-Chris Kluwe

portlandon on January 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

While we’re at it, also get rid of tackling, and blocking, and any other physical contact, oh he11, just take it all the way to 2 hand touch or flag football – that’s where it’s headed anyway.

dentarthurdent on January 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Get rid of the rule on group touchdown dances and give style points instead.

blammm on January 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Lance Moore wins TD celebration of the year with Hingle McCringleberry tribute.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

What he really means is that the NFL needs more time for beer commercials, and that this is the way to get it.

Next it will be kick offs, and both teams will just start on the twenty.

Loser.

NoPain on January 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

What he really means is that the NFL needs more time for beer commercials, and that this is the way to get it.

Next it will be kick offs, and both teams will just start on the twenty.

Loser.

NoPain on January 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

And a coin toss will replace the onside kick.

NotCoach on January 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Shorten the width of the up-rights, and put a top bar on it.

If the goal is to make each play exciting, require each team to have no less than one hot babe on the field during each play.

BobMbx on January 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Next it will be kick offs, and both teams will just start on the twenty.

Loser.

NoPain on January 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

See “NFL Pro-Bowl, 2014″

BobMbx on January 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Here’s an idea: No special footballs for PATs. And no soccer cleats allowed for kickers and punters.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

More commercials during the game!

albill on January 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Get rid of the Pro Bowl. It’s like watching tee-ball.

fogw on January 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Make the goal post a closed square, no longer do the posts go “up to the sky”; you want to go for 3 then your kicker has to snipe it in.

Bishop on January 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The nfl all but made pat’s automatic by not allowing the D to assisted jumps up or only able to put 6 on either side of the ball on kicking attempts.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

21 players on each side, two quarterbacks, two footballs.

albill on January 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Why not eliminate the extra point and make the two point conversion mandatory. Everybody goes for two all the time.

Aplombed on January 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Require that field goals and extra points be drop-kicks

Deafdog on January 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Require that field goals and extra points be drop-kicks

Deafdog on January 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The drop-kick! That needs to make a comeback. Bunch of pansy-a$$ QBs that can’t even do a decent drop-kick.

NotCoach on January 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

PATs killed Muhammad Ali.

rogerb on January 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I think the deep receivers should be on motorcycles, and the defenders should be terminator robots. But no stand-off weapons allowed, that would just be too crazy.

Tom Servo on January 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Ultracon is right.

Make the conversion more like the Rugby conversion. Wherever the TD is scored between the sidelines, the kicking tee must be alinged with that point (to a limit). Then, teams are allowed to setup as far back or close as they want, as long as they are along that line.

This would make the kick MUCH more exciting.

The only question would be scores made along the sideline or corners of the endzone. You couldn’t have a right footed kicker kick from the left sideline, so maybe put a max limit such as 10 yds inside the sideline. Fades and scores in the corners might make teams be more willing to go for 2.

conservativeinthecity on January 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

How about after a touchdown, you can either take the points or bench a player from the other team?? As long as we’re brainstorming. Or how about replacing Goodell?

Deano1952 on January 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Leftist beta-males will succeed in castrating the NFL. It’s only a matter of time. Obama’s dumba$$ comment about his imaginary son was a signal to all of them, full speed ahead on the attacks.

Soon the NFL may as well add an ‘F’, and change the whole thing to the National Flag Football League. Because that’s what these people are wanting. That’s the end game here for the “barbaric” NFL.

All this is nothing but yet another attempt to distract everyone away from ObamaGlitch, and the stagnant, pathetic ObamaEconomy.

Meople on January 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

No.

TfromV on January 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

I think the deep receivers should be on motorcycles, and the defenders should be terminator robots. But no stand-off weapons allowed, that would just be too crazy.

Tom Servo on January 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM

It’s already started.

portlandon on January 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

More pink cleats. That’ll do it.

Galtian on January 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

If kick-off kicker kicks the football directly into the opposing teams end zone, then the football goes automatically to the 35 yard line. (Rule does not apply if the ball bounces into the end zone.)

Oval shaped field…wide in the middle,narrow on the ends.

Gently rolling hills between the 35 yard lines, creek running across the 50-yard line, sand pits…

Baskets on the cross bar of the goal posts; any kicker puts the ball into the basket gets 5 points.

albill on January 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Have the kicker wear meat thighpads and release 120 ravenous dogs 15 seconds before the whistle to attempt the extra point.

HumpBot Salvation on January 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I love the antis ignorance of football. I wonder how many of them actually watch. Goodell’s proposal does nothing to change the dynamics of the game. That is its defect. As I and several other have said keeping a TD at 6 and requiring 2 point conversion changes the dynamics for the better. Now PATs make a big difference in the game.

jerryofva on January 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Bill Buckley’s brother Jim defeated this douche bags father for the senate seat in NY.I don’t know what it has to do with this thread,but his father Charles Goodell was a total A-hole.

celtic warrior on January 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM

You couldn’t have a right footed kicker kick from the left sideline

conservativeinthecity on January 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Of course you could. He would just have to use his left foot or do an Olympico corner kick. Also, if a team decides to go for a field goal or PAT, spot the ball where the previous play ended for FG (not on or between the hash marks) and for PAT spot the ball at the 2 directly out from where the TD was scored.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

I’d wager if this happens, the NFL will take the eliminated time and add more commercials, which is already destroying the flow of the game. It’s all about the money. Period.

Rovin on January 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Get rid of the rule on group touchdown dances and give style points instead.

blammm on January 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Seriously. Football is entertainment. Let the damn entertainers entertain.

ElectricPhase on January 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Do it like Rugby. The kick is directly back from the point of touch. If the touchdown is in the corner, the kick comes from that point directly back from the point of touch, and NOT inside the hashmarks. If the TD is in the center, then the kick is from the center. That should satisfy Goodell and make the kick a lot more interesting.

ultracon on January 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I actually like that too…but no way since that eliminates corner routes for teams with big receivers and probably reduces the scoring, making it “less exciting”.

Lance Moore wins TD celebration of the year with Hingle McCringleberry tribute.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

By far my favorite player from Penn State University…

nextgen_repub on January 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

PATs killed Muhammad Ali.

rogerb on January 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

LMAO!

Keep em rollin Roger!

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Use a new “K ball” that has four sets of laces.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Instead of a football, they could use a dead sheep and drag it around on horseback.

Install Tasers in the ball, and allow each head coach to trade one timeout per half for a 5 second zap.

“He’s at the 40, the 35, the 30…pzzzzzzzzt….FUMBLE!”

BobMbx on January 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Here’s one of the best conversions in Rugby. This is MUCH more exciting than any PAT I’ve seen.

http://youtu.be/N2deEnqLizE

conservativeinthecity on January 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I believe it should be mandatory that video of controversial calls should be re-played no less than 50 times.(I don’t envision a NFL TV director ever having violated that rule).
.
Also,there should be an anger management coach able to call a time out when adrenaline or ‘roid-charged players hit too hard or go into Sherman-style rants.
The players would gather at the 50 yard line to do a group hug.
.
I can’t wait for Goodell’s overblown ,gay, Disney,commercial-palooza spectacular masquerading as a football game on Feb 2nd /

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

That’s why we can’t have nice things, America. Discard your childish traditions!

LolZ!

ted c on January 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Make the mascot kick it.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I agree with moving the kick back–a 35 or 40+ yarder field goal to make the probability of a score back to what…. 50-75%? That’d be interesting I guess

ted c on January 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM

1) No more pads and helmets.
2) TD worth 23 1/2 points.
3) Extra points 2 and 3/4 points.
4) If a team loses, they must cut the roster by 1 player.
5) No more commercials, but place advertisements on the players backside. (think of the revenuve potential for each team! 52 players..)
6) Use of a trick ball for the overtime play.
7) Allow 3 secret “Jesters” on the sidelines to come in on any play to mess with with a team. Like timeouts, each time is allowed 2.

Now that is excitement!!

/sarc

-west

mr_west on January 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Ice the kicker. Literally.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

The drop-kick! That needs to make a comeback. Bunch of pansy-a$$ QBs that can’t even do a decent drop-kick.

NotCoach on January 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I remember Jim McMahon was really keen on doing drop-kicking and worked on it, but Mike Ditka wasn’t having any of it. Drop kicks worked better when the ball was more round than it is today. Redesigned for the benefit of the passing game, IIRC, the modern balls can be zipped in a tight spiral better.

I think there should be no separate Kicker or Punter specialists who spend most of their careers on the sidelines keeping warmed up for the all but about 5-10 minutes of actual playing time. It should go back to the days when one of your defensive or offensive players was designated the kicker and or punter.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Require that field goals and extra points be drop-kicks

Deafdog on January 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The drop-kick! That needs to make a comeback. Bunch of pansy-a$$ QBs that can’t even do a decent drop-kick.

NotCoach on January 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

My Dad always told me Jim Thorpe was reputed to have drop-kicked a 70 yard field goal.
Wouldn’t be against THAT MAN doing anything!

questionmark on January 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I can’t wait for Goodell’s overblown ,gay, Disney,commercial-palooza spectacular masquerading as a football game on Feb 2nd /

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Thread Winner right here.

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I think the deep receivers should be on motorcycles, and the defenders should be terminator robots. But no stand-off weapons allowed, that would just be too crazy.

Tom Servo on January 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM

and instead of a pigskin, use a solid iron cannonball shot from a cannon onto the field….

“The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort.”

“Your attention please… Rule changes for tonight’s World Championship Game: No substitutions, no penalties… and no time limit!”

dentarthurdent on January 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

“This is all because I supported Gay marriage!”

-Chris Kluwe

portlandon on January 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

nice

cptacek on January 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I can’t wait for Goodell’s overblown ,gay, Disney,commercial-palooza spectacular masquerading as a football game on Feb 2nd /

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Well then, the first step toward that is to make all the players go both ways, right?

questionmark on January 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Yeah, eliminate special teams, too.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Oh brother. Just move the ball back another 10 or 15 yards and narrow the goal posts.

GT on January 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM

How about they kick the extra point from the 45 yard line?

gwelf on January 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM

They’re just eliminating the PAT kick, which is boring because it’s so automatic. So why have it.

Dash on January 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

My thought: Ditch the extra point altogether. A TD is worth 6 points. Give them the option of a 2-point conversion, however.

pendell2 on January 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

-1 point for missed PAT.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

-3 points for missed FG.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

They’ve just about ruined the game, it has more interruptions than ever. There are way too many judgment calls (holding) that can be called or missed on every play.

First they ruined basketball (haven’t watched in years) and now they are ruining football.

And if you want to reduce head and other injuries, get rid of all helmets and padding. Then players won’t turn their bodies into missles.

Rugby has it right. Plus the girls will be able to see all the hunks faces, which will increase interest in the game.

And gay male cheerleaders, get with the times!

Meremortal on January 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

How about getting rid of the automatic review of all touchdown plays? Touchdown, commercial, PAT, commercial, Kickoff, commercial, commence play. (At least this is my recollection as a casual fan)

cptacek on January 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

They’re just eliminating the PAT kick, which is boring because it’s so automatic. So why have it.

Dash on January 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Then move it back further so it’s not automatic.
and:

-1 point for missed PAT.
Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

dentarthurdent on January 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

How about getting rid of the automatic review of all touchdown plays? Touchdown, commercial, PAT, commercial, Kickoff, commercial, commence play. (At least this is my recollection as a casual fan)

cptacek on January 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Except it’s not just ONE commercial at a time in there.
From what I remember Sunday, they squeezed 2 or 3 commercials into every break they could between plays.

dentarthurdent on January 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Create a single pool of punters and place kickers and randomly assign two of each for each team each week.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I liked the post from Katy the “mean old lady’
last evening on the Crabtree-Sherman thread.

She said “let’s bring back Artie Donovan”

Damn Straight!

Artie wrote a book years ago, called “Fatso”

it is the best collection of anecdotes from the NFL, circa
1950-1960…..damn good stories of what the players were
like, the Colorful characters, the Coaches, etc.

Two of my favorites:

Artie said his teammate Bill Pellington (linebacker)
got fitted with an Arm cast of some sort because of an
injury…..apparently this thing was a lethal weapon.
They played the Packers and one of the Packer players
went up to the ref and said “why don’t you just give him
a Gun, and let him do a clean job on us”?

For twenty years (give or take) Art and fellow Baltimore
alumni Ordell Braase did a radio broadcast of the Colts
games….

They arrived every Sunday at the Radio station with
2 cases of Schlitz beer to do the show! HAHHA!

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

And if you want to reduce head and other injuries, get rid of all helmets and padding. Then players won’t turn their bodies into missles.

Or they can just wear padded leather helmets, not quite as good for using as a warhead in launching a head first tackle. Ya know, concerns for injuries go way back. At the turn of the 20th Century, President Roosevelt, Teddy, that is, worked to reform football, then mostly played by college teams. His son was injured while playing for Harvard and Harvard’s president was calling for and getting support for an outright ban. Early football games often resulted in severe injury and occasional death, prompting some colleges and universities to close their football programs.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

How about getting rid of the automatic review of all touchdown plays? Touchdown, commercial, PAT, commercial, Kickoff, commercial, commence play. (At least this is my recollection as a casual fan)

cptacek on January 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

There’s big money to be made in all those commercials. I wait for the day when each quarter has a two minute warning, not just the end of the halves, to squeeze in a dozen more commercials.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Oh yeah, sure Goodell. The PAT is the biggest problem the NFL is facing right now. Fans are just clamoring for it to change. Squirrel!

Captain Kirock on January 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

East-West Bowl

(Don’t be the last football fan in America who hasn’t seen this.)

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Does he not remember the Dallas/Seattle game where the extra point was indeed muffed by Tony Romo and Seattle won the game?

Sue on January 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Leftist beta-males will succeed in castrating the NFL. It’s only a matter of time. Obama’s dumba$$ comment about his imaginary son was a signal to all of them, full speed ahead on the attacks.

I thought Trayvon was Obambi’s imaginary son. He won’t be playing football anytime soon.

Is that insensitive? Sorry.

Qzsusy on January 21, 2014 at 12:45 PM

They’re just eliminating the PAT kick, which is boring because it’s so automatic. So why have it.

Dash on January 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Yup. Just make a regular pass/run play for the extra point which also would eliminate the 2-pt conversion.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM

East-West College Bowl 2

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Quit with the rugby nonsense!!! If I wanted to watch rugby, I would watch rugby. I do like the idea of getting rid of the extra point all together and just going for 2. That would incentivize teams into kicking insanely long field goals instead of punting. It would in effect, move the extra points back to the 45.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

If you put the base of the goal post on a rotating wheel that spun at a pretty good clip, spinning the goal posts in a circle, that would make it pretty darned interesting!

Tom Servo on January 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Require that field goals and extra points be drop-kicks

Deafdog on January 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The only successful drop kick in the NFL since the 1940s was by Doug Flutie, the backup quarterback of the New England Patriots, against the Miami Dolphins on January 1, 2006, for an extra point after a touchdown. Flutie had estimated “an 80 percent chance” of making the drop kick, which was called to give Flutie, 43 at the time, the opportunity to make a historic kick in his final NFL game; the drop kick was his last play in the NFL. After the game, New England coach Bill Belichick said, “I think Doug deserves it,” and Flutie said, “I just thanked him for the opportunity.”

Mitoch55 on January 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

And…

Dallas Cowboys punter Mat McBriar attempted a maneuver similar to a drop kick during the 2010 Thanksgiving Day game after a botched punt attempt, but the ball bounced several times before the kick and the sequence of events is officially recorded as a fumble, followed by an illegal kick, with the fumble being recovered by the New Orleans Saints 29 yards downfield from the spot of the kick. The Saints declined the illegal kick penalty.

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski attempted an onside drop kick on a free kick after a safety against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 30, 2011. The kick went out of bounds.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, a former teammate of Flutie’s, executed a drop kick late on an extra point attempt in the fourth quarter of the 2012 Pro Bowl; the kick fell short.

Mitoch55 on January 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Better yet, outlaw celebratory toyi toyi dancing by players that perform routine plays like tackles, subject Richard Sherman to a public flogging and finally station a sniper somewhere high in the stadium with the authority to shoot anyone, player or official, that needs it for the good of the game.

Mason on January 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

How about having the other team kick the extra point?

HiJack on January 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Better yet, outlaw celebratory toyi toyi dancing by players that perform routine plays like tackles,

and scores. Save the performances for post game celebrations when ya win. I yearn for the days when players simply got a pat from teammates for a good play and no one made a big deal of them. Those routine plays are what they are paid to do after all.

Buncha narcissists that always have to have attention focused on them in that “look at me!” moment, and are certainly not discouraged from acting that way.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

How about having the other team kick the extra point?

HiJack on January 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Meh, why even have kickers? Just so the sport can continue to justify being named “Football” when feet have so little contact with the ball overall?

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 1:08 PM

The NFL would be better served getting rid of Goodell instead.

ButterflyDragon on January 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

This.

Texas Zombie on January 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Make the PAT progressively longer by 5 yards with each quarter.
First quarter 19 yds; 2nd 24 yds; 3rd 29 yds; 4th 34 yds. Might make it a little more difficult without changing the nature of the game.

driguana on January 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

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