The Houston Texans and the potential 43-yard extra point
Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans kicker Randy Bullock (4) warms up before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Wait …. what … the NFL wants to change another rule and I’m actually not totally opposed to it?
Remember back in January when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wanted to eliminate the extra point?
I wrote back them I didn’t agree with the NFL eliminating the PAT because I didn’t see a need to completely erase the extra point.
According to an article on CBSSports.com, the NFL is “exploring” keeping the extra point, but making it 43 yards, because you know the NFL isn’t already “that exciting” as it is.
John Breech of CBSSports.com wrote in his article on the potential rule change:
"“If the NFL were to make the extra point a 43-yard attempt, there would almost certainly be more than (Blair) Walsh’s one miss. NFL kickers hit 83 percent of their kicks in 2013 between 40 and 49 yards, but not every kicker was near that average.”"
Only five kickers last season missed an extra point.
I honestly like this idea more than getting rid of the extra point altogether.
For me, the NFL is already exciting enough, but this would make the kicker’s job even more important.
As for how this potential change of the PAT would affect Houston Texans kicker Randy Bullock, let’s look at his 2013 season.
Bullock was 26-of-35 in field goal attempts, a 74.4 percentage made, with his longest field goal conversion being 51 yards.
He made one field goal of 1-19 yards, seven 20-29 yards, five 30-39 yards, 12 40-49 yards and one field goal 50 or more yards.
Bullock was 26-of-26 in extra-point attempts last season, scoring a total of 104 points.
This rule change would really affect Bullock and the Texans in many ways. He’s proven, at least this past season, he’s not the most reliable kicker in the league, as he had multiple games where he missed more than one field goal attempt.
A 43-yard field goal attempt … now how reliable would Bullock be in that situation after a Texans touchdown?
I wouldn’t say he’s the most trustworthy kicker in the league in that position, but the NFL would be getting what they wanted … more excitement in their already exciting game.
What are your thoughts on the potential change? Is it needed?