Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bill Belichick Proposes PAT change, Amongst other Topics & Changes at 2014 NFL Owner's Meetings

+New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick took to the microphone at Tuesday’s meeting of the NFL Competition Committee to present his case on moving the PAT further back.

Related: NFL adding 4th Game to London?

Possible Rule Changes in the +NFL

The NFL Is Gonna Try Out That 37-Yard Extra Point This Preseason

by Jake O'Donnell

Goodbye 2-yard line. Hello 20.

Sounds like a pretty drastic change, huh? Well, from a kicker’s perspective it’s not really that much different. In 2013, kickers were pretty automatic from 30-39 yards out. While 22 kickers missed kicks from that distance, no one in the league missed more than three the whole season (Garrett Hartley and league attempts leader Nick Novak). By comparison, five kickers missed an extra point last year.

Bottom-line: The change WILL cause some wonky score lines, but probably less frequently than you’d imagine.

In all, kickers were 199/230 from between the 13 and 22-yard lines, which is good for 86% — a decent number considering some of those kicks were on hashmarks or in pressure situations.

The new extra-points will be, obviously, taken from dead center, and won’t have game clock issues that factor into traditional field goals, which you’ve got to figure will make them a bit easier. So will we see “icing” on extra-points? Hopefully.

Big misses? Yes.

Will there be almost no discernible change to America’s favorite sport? Most likely.

It will, however, look weird as hell for those first two preseason weeks.