I give credit to anyone that is willing to look in the mirror and find ways to get better.
It looks like the NFL is moving toward changing the point after touchdown for the 2015 season.
But will cosmetic changes like spotting the ball on 1½-yard line for a two-point conversion, moving the line of scrimmage back for PAT’s or even deleting the PAT altogether make the game any more enjoyable or competitive?
I agree that the PAT has become so automatic that it should be treated as another commercial. There were only five kickers that didn’t have a 100 percent success rate on PAT’s this past season. That was a total of six misses — two by Green Bay’s Mason Crosby.
The thing that puzzles me is what is the NFL trying to accomplish by tinkering with this?
If they’re trying to get the elusive millennials, which has been a chief worry of Major League Baseball, they can rest easy. The NFL already has them with fantasy football, video games and countless other things.
But playing with a rule has its consequences. There’s the gamble that it could potentially alienate its older fan base. By being frustrated by ever-changing rules, NFL seasoned fans that have been used to simple and sustainable rules will be forced to learn new tricks once again.
Football is a familial game. It is the centerpiece at Thanksgiving and its season-finale continues to be one of the most-watched TV programs ever. The reason it’s so popular is because it can monopolize weekends with mediocre matchups.
From a logistical rules standpoint, the NFL is fine. The PAT might be monotonous and obvious, but it shouldn’t be changed.
Because what’s the precedent? When quarterbacks are averaging over 350 yards passing a game in a few years, will the NFL put the clamps on offenses that it now has rules to enhance?
The PAT is a ridiculously easy play. Heck, most defensive tackles don’t even engage with offensive linemen because it’s a waste of time. But it’s a rule that everyone understands and helps make the game simple.
The reason that the NCAA is so confusing is because it has a rule book that is thicker than “Gone With the Wind.”
Less is more. The NFL doesn’t have to micromanage everything in order to have a premier product.
Because it already has one.——————
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn