According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL is actually considering the elimination of extra points in favor of an automatic seven points on touchdowns if the scoring teams wishes to accept that.
“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said. “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.”
Since this story has come out, there have been several methods as to how the NFL could abolish the extra point and what options to give teams when they do score a touchdown.
“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.”
That seems like the most logical choice, but what about this one from Lee Stokes in which the player who scores a touchdown actually has to be the one who kicks the extra point?
I’m all for this scenario, and maybe it could end up leading to a reunion between the Cincinnati Bengals and Chad Johnson:
Chad unfortunately spent the last two years out of football, but he’s stated he still wants to play, so this idea could help boost those slim chances.
But hey, Ndamukong Suh is still in the NFL: