Fisher: No change in PAT rule anytime soon

Fisher: No change in PAT rule anytime soon
February 18, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Looks like the idea of changing the extra-point rule will be kicked to the curb -- for now.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a longtime member of the Competition Committee, which would take the lead on any such rules tweaks, told ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show that the rule might be looked at when the Committee meets, but the chance of any change forthcoming soon is about the same as the chance of Justin Tucker missing an extra-point kick. (He never has in his pro career.)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made some waves last month when he suggested the extra-point had become so automatic that it carries no sense of excitement. Indeed,  this year NFL kickers made 1,256 of 1,261 extra-point tries, a success rate of 99.6 percent.

"You want to add excitement with every play," Goodell told NFL Network at the time. "There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about. It’s automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball, so if you fail, you go back to six.”

If that proposal is indeed out there, it's news to Fisher.

"The committee and the league has always been real careful about drastic changes like that," Fisher told the ESPN show. "That came out of left field. It’s not been discussed by any committee members. We have not had a chance to visit with the commissioner with respect to that. It would be interesting to see where it goes, but I would say it’s unlikely that something happens this year.”