All 32 of the NFL owners are gathered in San Francisco at the spring league meeting and on Tuesday afternoon, they voted to change the NFL extra point conversion system. The new rule states that the ball will be snapped at the 15-yard line for a 33-yard field goal for those teams wishing to kick for the extra point. If a team wants to try for a two-point conversion, the ball will still be snapped at the two-yard line. Additionally, the defense can return the ball if they gain possession of it during the play.
There were two other similar proposals that were on the table. One of them was exactly the same as above but the defense wouldn't have an opportunity to return the ball. Another one was the same as above with the exception that the two-point conversion would be snapped from the one-yard line. In the end, it looks like a combination was used to form the rule for the 2015 season. It is not yet known if this is a permanent change or a trial basis for 2015.
In 2014, NFL kickers made 272 of 302 field goals between 30 and 39 yards. Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis was 7-8 on the season between those yard lines, with his only miss coming against the Chicago Bears. That was a 37-yard field goal attempt that was blocked.
This rule change will certainly encourage teams to go for more two-point conversions, especially if they can't trust their kicker. In addition, it will continue to put a premium on special teams, especially the field goal unit. This will add a whole new element of strategy to the game and it will certainly be fun to watch during the 2015 season.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs.
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