Thursday, January 23, 2014

Why doesn't the NFL let teams try to block extra points?

The NFL reportedly is considering doing away with the extra point attempt after a team scores a touchdown. While it is true that it has become almost automatic for kickers to make the extra point, it is also true that players on the defending side make zero effort to try and block the kick.

Why not let defenses line up all eleven guys and put some effort into making a block? Guys in the middle could jump high, guys next to them try to break through, guys on the end try to use speed to come around the edge, make a dive and block the kick.

Right now no one is allowed to line up across from the center, which is silly. One guy in the middle might put up his arm, but the other ten defenders just stand around and watch. That's dumb.

Also a blocked extra point could be made returnable - make it so that the defending team can pick it up and run it back for a touchdown, just like a field goal.

Back in the 1970's the Minnesota Vikings made blocking kicks an art form.  The powers that be in the NFL need to learn their history. Blocking kicks can become an important part of the game. One point can sometimes mean the difference winning and losing.

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