Rams HC Jeff Fisher, who has been a member of the NFL Competition Committee for a number of years now, was asked on Tuesday about the league possibly eliminating extra points this season. According to Fisher, any radical changes to the game are likely to come so soon.
“I’m sure it will be discussed, but that’s a wide departure,” Fisher said on Mike and Mike in the Morning, via Pro Football Talk. “The committee and the league has always been real careful about drastic changes like that. That came out of left field. It’s not been discussed by any committee members. We have not had a chance to visit with the commissioner with respect to that. It would be interesting to see where it goes, but I would say it’s unlikely that we see something happen this year.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell previously addressed the topic during an interview with Rich Eisen a month ago.
“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.”
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, but it appears as though we’re years away from seeing big changes to at least this aspect of the game.