May 20, 2015 0
The long-rumored and predicted rule change in the NFL passed at the owners’ meetings this week – extra points are officially moving from the two-yard line to the 15, changing them from the near-automatic equivalent of a 19-yard field goal to a 33-yard kick. If a team wants to attempt a two-point conversion, the ball will remain on the 2. Essentially, this change is supposed to encourage teams to go for two more, and to make the one-point kick seem like less of a formality.
I have to imagine that both of these things will be accomplished. The NFL says that over the last 10 years, kickers have converted between 93% and 94% of field goals from the new distance, and during the preseason last year (when the rule was tested out), kickers converted on 94.3% of the longer extra points.
Reaction, as you might imagine, has been mixed. Many don’t feel it will be a big change at all, since it’s still a high-percentage kick that won’t be rushed by a ticking clock like a field goal would be, and NFL kickers are really good. Some kickers, as Connor Barth noted in the link above, welcome the change because they feel [...]