Aaron Rodgers has said in a recent interview that he is against the new rule surrounding extra-points in the NFL because of the dangers it could bring.
The new rule change means kicks for points-after-touchdowns will be taken from the 15-yard line, instead of the two-yard line for the 2015 season. Essentially it changes the guaranteed point into a not so much guaranteed point.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback says this could raise concerns over player safety. He said according to ESPN: "I think it goes against the league stance on player safety.”
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Rodgers acknowledges that this rule change is going to change the outcome of a lot of games. We will see a lot more coaches go for two points, as that play still starts on the two-yard line. Also, we will see more defenses score as the ball is live after the snap, meaning they have an opportunity to score two if there is an interception or a fumble.
The two-time NFL MVP said: "It's now become a very important play, especially in the wintertime in Green Bay, when no field goal is guaranteed. And it doesn't go for just Green Bay. Any place that is cold or has rain or inclement weather, it's going to be an interesting decision. Do you go for the two-pointer from the 2 or do you go for a 33-yard field goal?
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"And with that, the play's not dead anymore. If there's an interception or a fumble, you can return it. So I think you're bringing some player safety issues involved into that play. It could make it more exciting, but I still like the one-pointer from where it was at.”
Rodgers has a point about player safety, but you could say that about any live play in the NFL. It’s not like the kick-off, a.k.a The Scramble, of the old XFL where everyone just ran to the middle of the field. That was a concern for player safety.
It should make it more exciting as well when coaches go for two more often. We will see more action from the likes of Rodgers, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch and so on as they look to get an extra edge in tight games.
It is likely though even more rule changes will come for PATs once the 2016 season is in sight as essentially it’s still an easy point to achieve. PATs will probably be pushed back even further to encourage more coaches to go for two.