Bill Belichick thinks extra points are a waste of time

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If New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had his way, kicker Stephen Gostkowski would not be attempting extra points after a touchdown (Credit: Providence Journal)

If New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had his way, kicker Stephen Gostkowski would not be attempting extra points after a touchdown (Credit: Providence Journal)

During Wednesday’s press conference, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about the importance of special teams in the playoffs. Belichick could have gave the generic answer about how all three aspects of the game have to be in sync to win. Instead, Belichick gave a shocking answer, he thinks that extra points are a waste of time because they are nearly too automatic.

“I personally would love to see the kicking game remain as a very integral part of the game so that the kickoffs are returned and so that extra points are not over 99 percent converted because that’s not what extra points were when they were initially put into the game back 80 years ago, whatever it was,” Belichick said.

Belichick may be onto something as kickers in the NFL were an astonishing 1,256-for-1,261 or 99.6 percent on extra points this season.

Belichick added that the extra point used to be something you had to execute and was run by regular players, not specialist.

“I would be in favor of not seeing it be an over 99 percent conversion rate,” Belichick said. “It’s virtually automatic. That’s just not the way the extra point was put into the game. It was an extra point that you actually had to execute and it was executed by players who were not specialists, they were position players. It was a lot harder for them to do. The Gino Cappellettis of the world and so forth and they were very good. It’s not like it is now where it’s well over 99 percent. I don’t think that’s really a very exciting play because it’s so automatic.”

It certainly would be interesting to see the NFL address the extra point attempts in the NFL. Some have suggested shortening the width of the goal posts to make kicking in the NFL harder. Others have suggested teams must always attempt a two point conversion.

While it is fun to dream about the possibilities of changing kicking in the NFL, I doubt Roger Goodell is ready to make any of those changes.

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