Doug Robinson: NFL should give the boot to extra points

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  • rexrussell colleyville, TX
    Aug. 16, 2014 9:09 p.m.

    most agree PAT is boring. moving back adds little excitement or strategy. Football is the BEST sport because it includes so many facets of athleticism, strategy and odd ways of scoring, winning and losing. To add to this winning recipe, the PAT should be attempted from the place where the ball crossed the goal line, and the ability to score 1, 2, or 3 points should be awarded based on the width of the uprights. In this way, a TD scored in the middle of the field (more difficult) would be rewarded by the ability to kick from dead center making it easier to go for 2 points or even 3 points. The NFL could easily cover the increased cost of automatic mobile uprights. All of sudden the PAT becomes a very exciting play potentially worth 3 points. Increased strategy is added to the game in that all of sudden, just keeping the offense out of the end zone is not enough, you must force them to the sidelines so that if they do score, they will have to attempt the PAT from an acute angle making a 2 or 3 point try difficult.

  • TandJ LaVerkin, Utah
    March 12, 2014 8:45 p.m.

    Yes, do away with the PAT's. Then change the name from football to passball or runthrowball or more aptly concussion ball, breakabone ball, or maimtherunnerpassercatcher ball.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    March 12, 2014 8:17 p.m.

    Do away with the PAT's and then what next? Should we do away with touch backs? How about doing away with the kick off returns that can lead to touch downs? Or how about this, why not do away with both the O and D lines to reduce the number of players running around on the field? I say to leave the game alone, except doing away with head on collisions with pass catchers and defensive backs until the receiver has a chance to gather themselves before getting hit.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    March 12, 2014 5:22 p.m.

    Why do most football fans not watch soccer? Because it's boring.

    Sure, the 20% of those football fans who watch soccer will now try to convince us non soccer fans that it is indeed exciting.

    One of the few impossible things to do in the world is to convince someone who are not fans of something that seems boring to them is to sell them on the idea that the think they see as boring is really exciting.

    PATs are just not interesting. Take kicks for PATs out. Don't try to make drop kicking interesting. Take kickoffs twenty yards back to the fifteen.

    And, by the way, eliminate huddles; it'll take thirty to fifty pounds off overweight line men.

  • daviscoug Syracuse, UT
    March 12, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    Except it is broken. Do what the Little League football teams do - 1 point on an attempt from the 3 or two points on an attempt from the 5. If our 8 year old kids can do so should the NSF'ers, right?

  • BusStopRatBag Layton, UT
    March 12, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    Clueless about soccer and agreeing with Bill Belichick? The first I can understand. American sportswriters are as high-risk a group as there is when it comes to succumbing to Not Invented Here Syndrome.

    The latter is simple inexcusable.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 12, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    The point after attempt gives added flexibility to offensive strategy according to the situation, (i.e. time left on the clock, going for the tie or the lead, either or which can come back to haunt you, etc. Going for one is more certain. Going for two is more exciting. I like it the way it is. Don’t fix something’s that’s not broken.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    Keep the PAT line of scrimmage the same so there is always the option to run or pass for 2 points. Require that the PAT kick be what has disappeared from original football, a drop-kick, and that the kicker be required to be a punting distance away, at least from outside the 15-yard line.