The NFL PAT Line: If It Ain’t Broken, Don’t Fix It

by Mark Yarbro
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It seems once again that a bigger picture is being missed when it comes to a proposed change in the way that the NFL has been played since the time that we all started watching.

The NFL Competition Committee is kicking around the idea, no pun intended there, of moving back the PAT to the 25 yard line instead of the 2 yard line where it has been since oh I don’t know since the cavemen watched football.

So I ask why?

When is the last time you heard an outcry from fans about the length of the PAT?

I cannot recall hearing “oh great, here comes that boring PAT from the 2 yard line.  That is ruining the game that I love.”

Come on NFL, nobody and I mean nobody has complained about this.

If you want to improve your product look at some real things that your fans would appreciate some tinkering with.

Like doing away with spot fouls for defensive pass interference calls.  Why give an offense 40 or 50 yards just because a defensive back tugs on a receivers jersey?

Or, please do away with these silly games in London that take away a home date from teams. It’s America’s game, let’s keep it that way.

To me, moving the PAT back is like having broken shutters on your house and deciding that a new door mat out front will make all the difference for the look of the house.

This is one thing that the NFL does not need to deal with because it is not an issue.


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