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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
It's an idea that's been brewing behind the scenes for the past few years, but Monday morning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell officially brought it to the surface. In a sit down interview with NFL Total Access, Commissioner Goodell proposed an idea that the league is bouncing around to abolish extra points by implementing a new system and new scoring for touchdowns.
"You want to add excitement on every play," Commissioner Goodell told NFL Total Access' Rich Eisen. "[We are] looking to see if there are any plays in the game that really are not consequential. One of the issues that's happened is the extra point is really automatic. I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd."
Here are the nuts and bolts of the proposition that the rules committee is considering...
- A touchdown would automatically be worth 7 points
- Teams then have the option to take the 7 points and move on to kicking off to the other team - OR - you can opt to go for another extra point (total of 8 points with the touchdown) by passing or running it in to the end zone.
- If the extra point score is converted, the offense is awarded 8 points
- If the extra point try is unsuccessful, the offense loses a point and the score is only worth six points.
The idea is still in the early stages of conversations, but if it's already made it to the desk of the commissioner, you can be assured that they are taking a serious look at the possibility of it.
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