The least-exciting play in any NFL game, by far, is the extra point
following a touchdown. Blocks almost never happen, and kickers rarely
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell understands that, and he told Rich
Eisen of the NFL Network that extra points may be removed from the game,
in an effort to keep things lively.
"The extra point is almost automatic. I believe we had
five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (attempts). So
it's a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement."
Goodell explained to Eisen that one proposal he's heard of is to
automatically award seven points for a touchdown, and then allow teams
to go for an eighth point with a passing or running play as usual. If
the team fails to convert when going for eight, however, they would lose
a point, earning six total points for the touchdown. Whether that
system is put into place remains to be seen, but Goodell says the
league's competition committee is continually assessing possible
"We often get a lot of ideas that are thrown out, the
committee will look at them and decide what is worthy of further
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said earlier this month that he'd like to see the extra point changed so that conversion is not so automatic.
"I would be in favor of not seeing it be an over 99
percent conversion rate. It's virtually automatic. That's just not the
way the extra point was put into the game. It was an extra point that
you actually had to execute and it was executed by players who were not
specialists, they were position players."