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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Two Needed NFL Rule Changes

Wild on Sports
Two Needed NFL Rule Changes
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jason Gillson

There has been a lot of lobbying over the past 48 hours for a couple of changes to the NFL rule book and honestly, I'm 100% on board with both new proposals. The two hot button issues are the inability to challenge a turnover (fumble) and the possibility of a scoring change to eliminate the extra point.

First and foremost, the turnover in regards to an unchallengeable play should have been changed years ago. It should be an automatic replay just like any scoring play. If the rule did in fact allow for a challenge currently there is a very good chance we would be looking at the 49ers as the NFC representative at the Super Bowl this year, not the Seahawks. NaVorro Bowman got robbed of a hell of a play and to add insult to injury, or in this case injury to insult, was badly hurt (torn ACL, MCL) on the play. 

Change this rule, and change it now!

Now onto the more interesting and in my opinion the much more debatable topic: the extra point. 99.6% of extra points were successful. of that .04% most of the challenge was a botch snap or what have you., not a missed kick. It might be the easiest scoring play in all of sports. Its like tapping a putt in from 2 inches away, we know its gonna happen -- that's why we call it a gim'me.

The real debate on hand here is how the NFL decides to change it. Roger Goodell even addressed the topic in a Monday press conference, ""The extra point is almost automatic. I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd [attempts]. So it's a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play."

All very logical. Excitement  means more viewers, more viewers means more money. Any doubt this thing is changing now?

Goodell made mention of a proposial that the competition committee had been mulling over that would call for the touchdown to now be worth 7 with the option to go for the extra point (in the form of a run or pass) that would either give you 8 in total or if you were unsuccessful 6. 

This new idea adds a whole new element of strategy to the game. You can no longer go for two, which will be a sore subject for some, but still gives you the ability to trip an opponents lead at a potential cost.

Quite frankly, I love the idea. Why not add a new wrinkle? There have been a number of proposals thrown out there from moving the extra point back to forcing a team to run or pass from different yardages (one yardage worth 1, another 2). 

All in all, this new proposed plan sounds like a great one. For the enjoyment and excitement of football fans I hope it comes to fruition.


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