NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made headlines this week with his words to the NFL Network regarding PAT’s. Goodell suggested that the competition committee could do away with them altogether.
“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell told NFL Network. “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.”
Goodell has a point, and it is almost automatic for sure. But what about in the college game? Should this come to be on Saturday afternoons too?
Not all NFL rules automatically follow suit in college, although I’d love to see the NFL abort the absolutely stupid rule that a player can fall down and get back up (and run) if untouched.
But taking a quick look in 2013, SEC kickers attempted 636 PATs. They made 623, missing just 13…a made percentage of 98%. The worst percentage I could find was Florida’s Brad Phillips, who went 3-4 on the year (UF utilized three different kickers last season). Besides Phillips, only two other kickers didn’t have percentages in the upper 90’s, and these had percentages of 93% and some change.
Goodell suggested touchdowns would be worth 7 points, but if a team elected to “go for two,” a term that would need a makeover, the result would be an 8th point. But if they failed to convert, they would lose a point, making their touchdown only worth 6 points.
As I’ve written here plenty of times, I’m somewhat of a football purest. I hate messing with the game. The effort to shorten the games with a running clock a few years ago almost made me lose my mind, and every year they come out with new rules I have to carefully consider the use of Xanax.
But would this be a good rule? How would this affect the Auburn’s and Texas A&M’s of the world who employ the sucker-punch mentality to their philosophies? Would it take some their edge away from the “swinging gate” plays, or other “gotcha” plays that have cheapened the game?
Why not just make the kick more interesting, like backing it up to the 25, and/or making the team kick it from the hash of the defense’s choosing?
It is interesting to note however, that of the 15 SEC kickers who attempted 10 or more PAT’s on the year, only six were perfect.
What do you think?
2013 SEC Kicker PAT attempts/conversions
Marshall Morgan, Georgia 47-47 100%
Andrew Baggett, Missouri 66-69 95.7%
Andrew Ritter, Ole Miss 42-25 93.3%
Carey Spear, Vanderbilt 48-48 100%
Cody Parkey, Auburn 66-67 98.5%
Elliott Fry, South Carolina 54-55 98.2%
Michael Palardy, Tennessee 34-35 97.1%
Zach Hocker, Arkansas 28-28 100%
Colby Delahoussaye, LSU 56-57 98.2%
Cade Foster, Alabama 60-60 100%
Joe Mansorr, Kentucky 28-30 93.3%
Francisco Velez, Florida 6-6 100%
Devon Bell, Mississippi St. 25-26 96.2%
Austin Hardin, Florida 15-15 100%
Evan Sobiesk, Mississippi St. 15-16 93.8%
Brad Phillips, Florida 3-4 75%
Patrick Belass, Georgia 10-10 100%
Adam Griffith, Alabama 5-5 100%
Andrew Fletcher, Ole Miss 2-2 100%
John Henson, Arkansas 1-1 100%
James Hairston, LSU 4-4 100%