The NFL is considering moving back the line of scrimmage for the extra point after a touchdown kick. It currently is at the two-yard line — same as the line for the two point conversion.
Since the kick has a 99.6 percent completion rate, the competition committee thinks that moving it back will make the game more exciting. It would take the kick from being around a 15-yard kick to being a 42-yard kick. The two point conversion would remain at the two-yard line, reports ESPN.
Retired kicker Morten Andersen thinks it is a great idea. The NFL veteran, who played for 26 years, told Sporting News that it could improve the games. He said it would be interesting to see, “what players and coaches think strategy wise versus going for two closer to the end zone. … It might make play more exciting.”
Two-point conversions have around a 50 percent completion rate, but moving the scrimmage line for kicks could prompt more teams to take the risk, especially if they don’t have a strong kicker.
Goodell has also considered eliminating the extra point all together.