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Tom Coughlin's idea for extra points: Move them to the 1-yard line

By John Breech |

Tom Coughlin has a simple solution for the NFL's extra point problem. (USATSI)
Tom Coughlin has a simple solution for the NFL's extra point problem. (USATSI)

The NFL's vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino, said this week that the extra point would be undergoing a change in the "near future." Blandino didn't say what that change might be, but if he's looking for ideas, Tom Coughlin has one.

The Giants coach thinks extra points would be more interesting if they were moved closer, "If you really want to make it interesting, put it at the 1," Coughlin said this week, via the Star-Ledger.

The idea behind Coughlin's suggestion is that more teams would be inclined to go for two if they only had to go 1 yard to get the points. Obviously, getting 1 yard is statistically easier than getting 2 yards.

Whatever the NFL decides to do with the extra points, Coughlin would prefer the league not move them back. The Giants coach wasn't a huge fan of the preseason experiment that moved extra points back 13 yards.

"I didn't think much of it when it was suggested," Coughlin said of the longer extra points. "There are some ways to change that part of it if the intent is to make it more exciting. I think that certainly would be one of them. I think you have to be aware of the fact that it's a 33-yard field goal in November when the wind's blowing and it's snowing here and ... in Miami it's 75 degrees. It's a little different in different parts of the country. You do have to be aware of that."

The NFL will have a lot of ideas to take into account by the time the Competition Committee sits down to discuss possible changes next year.

Besides Coughlin's idea, we have several others, including: Jets kicker Nick Folk and Eagles coach Chip Kelly both think the NFL should narrow the uprights. Bill Belichick has said he'd prefer a 43-yard extra point. And let's not forget the most entertaining idea: Let the player who scores the touchdown kick the extra point.

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