The underlying cause for the new NFL P.A.T. rule

“I hate the new PAT rule”.

Who could have said this?

It was none other than the best player in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.

Geez, something must be really wrong for a guy of his caliber to say that out in public. But why would he say this?

As you may know, in NFL games, whenever a team scores a touchdown, there’s the traditional extra kick immediately following it.

For you football nerds, it’s what they officially term as PAT. (Point After Touchdown)

This is where the team gets in formation around the 2 yard line, pass the football to the kicker who then goes on to kick it between the yellow poles (if he’s good anyway).

The touchdown gets you six points, and the extra kick gets you one point for a total of 7 points. You may think that extra one point doesn’t matter but games have been lost because the team kicker couldn’t cut it or was bitched in some way.

What the NFL is planning is turning everything upside down and change how things currently work.

In a recent interview, Aaron Rodgers clearly expressed his opposition to the new idea.

You see, what the new NFL rule change would do is make the kick optional.

With the new rules in place, after a touchdown, a team can certainly continue kicking it as usual except they’ll have to make the attempt from the 19 yard line. If the kicker makes it, that’s one point.

However, they will now also have the option of making a regular play out of it from the 2 yard line. They can pass or run the ball and if they make it, that’ll count for 2 points.

By making it two points, the NFL is trying to encourage teams not to kick it since it’s boring to look at. They want to see more plays.

More tackles.

More sacks.

More guys on the ground.

And this is what leads Aaron Rodgers to be against the new PAT rule. Rodgers is concerned about the player’s safety. More play attempts would put players at risk for injury which means a greater chance for his teammates to be out of the season.

Without his key players around him, it would affect his performance and stats. Who wants that?

The question to ask is why the tinker with the PAT?

The answer is simple: The NFL wants to make the PAT more exciting because the kickers were converting 95% of their attempts. They were doing so well, they wanted to penalize them and bring an extra dimension to the game.

You don’t fix what’s not broken. This rule change was unnecessary.

If Aaron Rodgers, a future Hall of Famer, doesn’t like it, then you know that the rule is just wrong. Come on, NFL. Stop being so greedy. We know you’re doing this just for the TV ratings.

Credits: James Emery

I don't know. Sometimes it feels like my writing & thoughts are way off. Who knows if it'll help anyone or if it means anything.

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