Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Extra Point Up for Discussion Instant Replay, Playoffs Also on Agenda

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Extra Point Up for Discussion Instant Replay, Playoffs Also on Agenda

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- While National Football League owners will consider a proposal to push the extra-point attempt back to the 25- yard line, Steelers president Art Rooney II would rather see the league consider the idea advanced by his coach, Mike Tomlin, who advocates moving the ball closer -- to the 1-yard line.

Tomlin is a member of the league's competition committee that will present 13 rule-amending proposals to the team owners when the NFL's annual meetings begin Monday at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, but his idea to move the extra point closer to the goalline is merely that -- a suggestion, not a proposal that will be voted upon by the league's 32 owners.

"That would help the two-point conversion," Rooney said. "You can either kick or go for two from the 1, which to me, there's something to be said for it. It certainly would encourage people to go for the two. It's not as extreme as moving the ball back to the 20 or 25- yard line. I kind of like that proposal."

The proposal to move the extra-point attempt to the 25-yard line - - equivalent to a 43-yard field goal -- was made by the New England Patriots, who believe the change would make the conversion kick a more competitive play. The Patriots have also proposed raising the goalpost from 30 feet to 35 feet above the crossbar, reducing the possibility of high kicks crossing over the top of the uprights that make it difficult for officials to determine if the attempt was good.

No surprise there. Two years ago, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined for grabbing a replacement official following a last- second loss to the Baltimore Ravens after the winning field goal appeared to sail above the upright.

"I am not sure I see a great need for it, but I am not necessarily all that worried about it, either," Rooney said.

Instant replay will again generate discussion at the meetings, this time to decide if replay review should include allowing the referee to consult with the league's officiating department in New York.

Another proposal by the Patriots would allow any ruling by an official to be challenged, and a proposal by the competition committee would allow possession in the field of play to be reviewed. …

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