Bill Belichik is widely respected as being one of the greatest
cheaters coaches ever. His defensive schemes are exceptional, and he’s translated that same brilliance to the offensive side. One area he hasn’t made a mark is special teams, which he’s trying to change now. Having already gone on the attack of the new NFL kick off rule (and who hasn’t at this point), Belichik is on the war path against extra points, and what he has makes a lot of sense.
Stating that “Philosophically, plays that are non-plays should not be in the game. I don’t think it is good for the game. Extra points, when you’re up to the 99 percent range in extra points it’s not a play. Let’s move the ball back to the 15-20 yard line and not make it a tap in. Make them kick it. Same thing with the kickoff return, if you’re just going to put the ball on the 20, put the ball on the 20.”
I disagree with his solution, but it is a valid argument. If you want to bring safety to the game by causing more touchbacks, simply designate the 20 as the starting point for all offenses. It saves us time and eliminates entirely the risk of injury if a play never happens. With the wide spread criticism of the kick off rule, expect that to be reworked next year (no not this one, the NFL rules committee has too much pride to admit they’ve essentially destroyed a part of the game without letting it ruin a year’s statistics).
With extra points, I would love them to rework it. Mike Flori0 of PFT suggested several options. Requiring the player scoring the touchdown to kick the extra point (the most joking one), giving all teams 7 points, unless they forgo the free point and go for 2 either giving them 6 or 8 depending if they were successful. The XFL rule of 6 points for td, 2 points for another play run successfully into the redzone and requiring extra points being taken from the 15-20 yard line and 2pt conversions being run from the 2 as per usual.
The last option seems the best, but I would also throw out the idea of giving the offense a series from the 15 or 20 yard line, not giving away a teams intentions until they line up.
I will never argue against the removal of the kicker position. I find that punters and kickers are integral parts of a team dynamic and create too many beneficial and hurtful positions for teams via their performances to remove them from the game entirely and not diminish the excitement of the game.