ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bill Belichick got what he wanted. Or at least 5 feet's worth of what he wanted, as the NFL owners voted to approve raising the goalposts.
The goalposts will now be 5 feet higher on each side, making it easier to ascertain whether or not a kick has gone through.
That proposal was submitted by the Patriots and stumped for by Bill Belichick during the owners' meetings.
"Certainly, the goalposts are outdated," Belichick said Tuesday. "Virtually every kicker at the Combine can kick them over the top of the goalposts. So ... some of those guys aren't even going to be in the league. I'd say every kicker can do that."
Five feet might not seem like a lot (or maybe it does seem like a lot ... I can't decide) but it should make a substantial difference in terms of the refs being able to determine if a kick was good or not.
A 2012 Sunday night matchup between the Pats and the Ravens that ended with a