Tinkering with extra points and kickers nothing new for NFL

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(Morten Andersen photo courtesy of Minnesota Vikings)
(Jan Stenerud photo courtesy of Kansas City Chiefs)

Talk of Fame Network

When the NFL in 2015 moved extra points from the 2-yard line to the 15 they put kickers on notice that their jobs would change dramatically.

Not only would extra points become more difficult – with kickers missing 71 of them last season, a 94.2 percent rate of success – but kickoffs might be in danger of being eliminated altogether. Abolishing kickoffs is a revolutionary and radical concept whose time is not here. Not yet. But tinkering with extra points …

Well, that idea arrived decades ago.

In fact, as Chris Willis of NFL Films points out in Pro Football Journal, talk of abolishing extra-point kicks … yes, abolishing them … goes back to 1932 when then-owner Tim Mara of the New York Giants first proposed it. Twenty-one years later, then-commissioner Bert Bell championed it again and … well, read for yourself.

Willis has it all documented here: http://nflfootballjournal.blogspot.com/2016/05/get-rid-of-extra-point.html


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1 Comment

  1. Luke Enno
    April 25, 2017

    The NFL needs a meaningful kicking game including kickoffs. If anything is dangerous in the special teams, punt returns would be more dangerous than kick returns based on what I have observed. I’ve seen punt returners take some vicious hits because usually they are closer to the line of scrimmage of the punting team than the kick returner is to the 35 yard line.

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