Two months ago when the initial proposals were floated through the NFL Competition Committee, SI's Peter King reported near unanimity among NFL ownership that the extra point, as it exists, is no good.
1,230 extra points were attempted in 2014. 1,222 were successful. That's a 99.3% success rate. A year prior, it was 99.6%. Put bluntly, extra points are boring because they're so easy. Bear in mind, the NFL moved extra points back from a 20-yard kick to a 38-yard attempt from the 20-yard line for two weeks last year in the preseason. Kickers still succeeded at a 94.3% clip.
So this year, the league is considering three possible changes:
- Moving extra point attempts to be snapped at the 15-yard line; two-point conversions would still take place at the 2-yard line. Defensive returns on a turnover would be worth two points.
- That rule, except not allowing defenses to score on any returns of a failed kick attempt, or a fumble or interception return.
- The first rule except moving up the two-point conversion to the 1-yard line.
I think the important thing here is that extra points are on their endrun. Something has to change. NFL games allow for a roughly three-and-a-half-hour broadcast. Fans get sixteen of those across the regular season. Wasting time with extra points isn't something the league will abide by much longer.