The idea of eliminating the extra point has come up in recent years as some including Patriots HC Bill Belichick have pointed to the fact that extra points have become almost automatic.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the topic during an interview with Rich Eisen on Monday.
“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said, via NFL.com. “I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd. So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play.
“There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about. It’s automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball, so if you fail, you go back to six.”
Goodell wondered whether or not abolishing the extra point could end up having an inverse effect that would discourage teams from attempting two-point conversions.
The Competition Committee would obviously have to agree to any changes, but it appears as though this could be a topic they at least consider in the coming months.