Carroll said he is in favor of changing the traditional extra- point attempt — a kick from the 2-yard-line — a play that many view has become so automatic as to almost be meaningless.
PHOENIX – Count the Seahawks among the NFL teams on board with the league potentially making some radical changes to one of the game’s more traditional elements — the extra-point attempt.
Altering the nature of the extra point was one of the main topics of conversation at the just-concluded league meetings — and certainly the biggest that would impact the game on the field as fans know it.
No action was taken on any of the proposals, but it’s possible a plan could be voted on in May. And the goal then, according to the NFL competition committee co-chairman Rich McKay, is for there to be one specific proposal for the league to consider.
Many ideas were proposed this week, said McKay, who added “it was a very good discussion, there was a clear sentiment that we want change this year.’’
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he is in favor of changing the traditional extra- point attempt — a kick from the 2-yard-line — a play that many view has become so automatic as to almost be meaningless.
“I think there is good conversation about it, and I think there is reason (for it),’’ Carroll said. “When anything in our game is 99.3 percent successful you want to see what’s going on with that and take a good look at it. I think the competitive approach is coming out in everybody to see if they can better the game, and something may happen.’’
Carroll tweeted that the Seahawks’ proposal consisted of a touchdown counting as an automatic seven points, then no kick but a mandatory play from the 2-yard-line for one point. And the defense can score one point by returning an interception or a fumble to the opposite end zone.
Carroll: Wilson talks ‘tracking very well’
Carroll reiterated much of what Seahawks general manager John Schneider said this week about contract-extension talks for quarterback Russell Wilson — now that free agency is nearing its end the sides will intensify discussions.
“It’s a long process,’’ Carroll said. “It has extraordinary ramifications, and it’s ongoing, and we’ve had great talks. The timing of it has been handled beautifully, expectations of the timing are clear, everybody knows what is going on and it’s clear, and we’ll see what happens. There is so much magnitude in this deal and it affects so much and we are very well prepared and it is almost that time.’’
Carroll said getting to the serious nature of the talks was “really putting all the pieces together in due time.’’ He refuted a report that the sides were close to a deal, saying, “I don’t know were that came from’’ but added that the process is stepping along “in very good fashion.’’
• Carroll also said defensive lineman Michael Bennett has not indicated to him that he wants to be traded or is unhappy in Seattle. There have been reports that Bennett would like to redo his contract. One source confirmed to The Times that Bennett is unhappy with a four-year, $28.5 million deal he signed in March 2014.
Carroll said Bennett has never told that to him.
“We communicate regularly, and I’m in touch with where Mike is and what’s going on, he hasn’t mentioned a thing about any of that,’’ he said. “It’s never been part of the conversation.’’
• Carroll said three of the team’s unrestricted free agents who have yet to sign could soon be back with the Seahawks — backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs and center/guard Steve Schilling.
“Our conversations have been good,” Carroll said of Jackson. We want him to be there and he wants to be there, so we should be able to get this worked out.”
Schilling would provide depth at center, needed after the trade of Max Unger as part of the deal to acquire Jimmy Graham.
• Seattle filled out its defensive coaching staff Wednesday, announcing the hiring of Dwaine Board as assistant defensive-line coach, Chris Cash as assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach and Andre Curtis as assistant secondary/safeties coach.
Board, who earned three Super Bowl rings as a player with the 49ers in the 1980s, was defensive-line coach for Seattle from 2003 to 2008 under Mike Holmgren. He spent the past two years at St. Francis High in Mountain View, Calif. Cash played at USC in 2000-01 and spent five years in the NFL. Curtis has coached in the NFL since 2006 and spent the past three years with the Saints.