I didn’t think I would warm up to the new rule the NFL implemented this season to make the extra point kick a 33 yarder as opposed to the 20 yard kick it has always been. I thought, why not just narrow the goal posts a bit, perhaps to 15 feet across as opposed to the 18 feet it has been for a while?
I have to admit, however, that the rule change is growing on me a bit and is making these games a bit more interesting, so perhaps my initial perceptions were incorrect.
It’s also making a job protection for kickers in the NFL a bit of an art.
Here in Tampa Bay, the Bucs just waived their kicker, Kyle Brindza. The former Notre Damer made his first kick against Houston, then missed every other kick attempted, including an extra point. Then against Carolina’s Panthers, he missed several easy field goals (one being a 29 yarder), and yet another PAT.
My personal theory (such as it is) is that with the extra points being pushed back, perhaps it is leading to the kickers getting tired legs more easily then we’ve seen in previous years as the game progresses. Look at the New Orleans kicker Zach Hocker missing an easy field goal that would have won the game against Dallas in regulation. (They eventually won 26-20 in overtime.)
It could be just a bunch of bad kickers, too. That thought is ruminating in my brain as well.