NFL owners will vote on three proposed changes to point after touchdowns this week at meetings in San Francisco.
The Seahawks will next hit the field for the beginning of OTAs on May 26.
When they do, it’s possible that the NFL will have a new procedure for extra points as there has been growing momentum to change what has become one of the most predictable aspects of the game — as Peter King recently noted, NFL teams have missed just 26 of their last 4,939 PAT kicks.
As detailed here, the NFL’s owners are expected to vote on three proposals this week (likely Tuesday) when they meet in San Francisco.
Here are the options:
- A proposal from the Patriots in which the ball would be snapped from the 15 for a one-point PAT kick (a 32 or 33-yard conversion) or putting the ball at the 2-yard-line for a 2-point try.
- A proposal from the Eagles snapping the ball from the 15 for a PAT, but moving the ball to the 1-yard-line for a 2-point try. The Eagles also proposed allowing the defense to score two points if there is a turnover and the ball is returned to the other end zone.
- The NFL’s competition committee proposed the same as the Eagles, except the 2-point try would come from the 2-yard line.
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If you’re wondering what the Seahawks think of it all, recall that Seattle coach Pete Carroll said at earlier league meetings in Phoenix that he was in favor of trying something new when it comes to the PAT.
“I think there is good conversation about it, and I think there is reason (for it),’’ Carroll said then. “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.’’
Shortly after making that statement, Carroll Tweeted an idea 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 that the defense could score one point by returning an interception or a fumble to the opposite end zone. But that was not an official proposal made by the Seahawks, just Carroll throwing out an idea on Twitter.
Some are wondering if any of the proposals will change much, given that kickers aren’t much less successful from the 30-39-yard range then they are from PAT distance — as the linked story notes, kickers last year made 272-302 field goals from 30-39 yards. Seattle’s Steven Hauschka made all 10 of his attempts from 30-39-yards last season, while Seahawk opponents made all four. Haushcka is also 46-49 on kicks from 30-39 yards in his career, and 38-39 with the Seahawks (he hasn’t missed from the 30-39-yard range since misfiring on a 38-yarder at St. Louis late in the 2011 season though he did miss a 24-yarder at home against the Cardinals late in the 2013 season).
The one proposal that would appear likely to mix up things the most is that of the Eagles, due to moving the ball for 2-point tries to the 1-yard-line. Especially late in close games, teams might be pretty tempted to try to get a win with one try from one yard away rather than have to make a longer PAT and then wade through overtime, particularly on the road (though get ready for lots of jokes about what the Seahawks will do any time they get ready for an attempt from the 1).
The NFL could also just do nothing. Proposals need the approval of 24 of 32 owners.
But whether it’s this year or next, bet on something changing with the PAT soon.