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(Sports Mole (UK))   Adam Vinatieri: "well, Commissioner Goodell, if you want to talk about improving the NFL product re kicking, how about making field goals over 50yds worth FOUR points?"   (sportsmole.co.uk) divider line 13
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2014-01-29 07:17:38 PM
5 votes:
Why reward teams for not advancing far enough to give themselves an easier field goal?
2014-01-29 10:45:59 PM
4 votes:
If you want to improve the NFL, get rid of Roger Goodell.
2014-01-30 10:39:23 AM
1 votes:

fonebone77: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: p the boiler: How about no kicking at all. No punts and no kick offs either. One team starts at the 20 and goes until they don't complete a 4th down or they get in the end zone. Basically back yard football.

I'd be fine with this, except you can't call it "football" any more.

The term "football" originated as differentiating sports from equine games.  It wasnt about the ball and the foot connecting, it was about playing the game "on foot."


I did not know that. Thanks!
2014-01-30 10:19:57 AM
1 votes:

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: p the boiler: How about no kicking at all. No punts and no kick offs either. One team starts at the 20 and goes until they don't complete a 4th down or they get in the end zone. Basically back yard football.

I'd be fine with this, except you can't call it "football" any more.


The term "football" originated as differentiating sports from equine games.  It wasnt about the ball and the foot connecting, it was about playing the game "on foot."
2014-01-30 09:22:15 AM
1 votes:
I actually had the exact opposite idea.  Kickers have gotten ridiculous to the point where 40-50 yard field goals are approaching routine and 50+ isn't a desperation play.  I propose moving extra points back to the 30 and narrowing the uprights by a good 10 feet or so.  Make those farkers actually kick.

Also widen the hashes and bring back the wide side of the field (asymmetric hashes).  Also get off my lawn.
2014-01-30 07:55:14 AM
1 votes:

Sir VG: 50 yard field goals with 4 points? Denver fans scream "YES PLEASE!"

See you at every single Super Bowl for the next few years at least.


Why? Don't their opponents get to kick on the same field they do?
2014-01-30 07:36:57 AM
1 votes:
50 yard field goals with 4 points? Denver fans scream "YES PLEASE!"

See you at every single Super Bowl for the next few years at least.
2014-01-29 10:09:04 PM
1 votes:

chuggernaught: Shame Us: Rewarding offensive ineptitude has not usually been the NFL prerogative, but hey, it's a new age of stupidity to put points on the board, so why not? Right, Rog?

Exactly.  Why reward a team that cannot advance the ball any further than the 35 yard line.  If you want to change things up, field goals 50+ are 1 point, 30 - 40 is 2 points, and anything else is 3 points.  That way you're not rewarding a team just for having a great kicker.


Why is it wrong to reward a team with a great kicker?  Teams are rewarded for having great QBs, receivers, LBs, RBs, and just about every other position.
2014-01-29 09:44:01 PM
1 votes:

Gosling: Here. There's even a graph.

[www.decisionsciencenews.com image 480x360]

Pick out about the amount of the time you'd like to see a PAT miss. Anything closer than the 10, it's a total gimme unless the snap is bad. Accuracy starts to become a factor around the 10, 15 yard line.


What team has been attempting 80+ yard field goals?
2014-01-29 09:38:44 PM
1 votes:
The NFL is at the height of its popularity. It has long ago surpassed baseball as America's favorite sport. It makes billions of dollars, some of which isn't even taxed. So changing random things sounds like a great idea.

We don't even like the rule changes which are necessary to keep people from being severly brain damaged, why would we think this would be a good idea?
2014-01-29 09:13:32 PM
1 votes:
How about a free point if you split the uprights on a kickoff?
2014-01-29 08:59:22 PM
1 votes:
You want the PAT to mean more, it's very simple.

Move the PAT attempt back enough yards to where kickers start missing it every so often. Done. 2-point conversion can still be from the 2, the PAT gets moved back to, like, the 10.
2014-01-29 07:20:41 PM
1 votes:

FreakinB: Why reward teams for not advancing far enough to give themselves an easier field goal?


That's pretty much the killer argument.  You'd have crappy teams getting to the 41 and kneeling down just to make sure they get the distance.  And let's not even talk about how much of an advantage this gives Denver.
 
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