The NFL is considering some more rule changes this offseason, and there are some big ones this time around. Among the topics being discussed is a change to the extra point system.
Currently, teams score a touchdown and can either kick the extra point to bring the point total to seven, or go for a two-point conversion. As noted on Wednesday, the extra point system is almost superfluous given the relative ease of actually making the kick from 20 yards out.
Since 2004, extra points have been successful over 90 percent of the time, which is significant. There will be a handful of missed extra points every year, but it's not a stretch to suggest that anybody would be offended by abolishing the system altogether. It sounds as though the current talks are suggesting that touchdowns simply be worth seven points.
Of course, teams could still go for two points. In that scenario, the most-talked about course of action would be to take away a point from the now-seven-point touchdowns if they happen to fail the conversion. In other words, it would be the same system now, just without the process of actually lining everyone up and waste everyone's time on a chip-shot.
It's unclear if this is something that could come to a vote this offseason in time for the 2014-15 season, but the talks have been increasing lately. There are also discussions regarding the replay system and the potential to make penalties review-able.
The biggest issue with this is that it would make games longer. It's unfortunate that time constraints could kill what is otherwise generally considered to be a good idea. Fans in particular have been asking for this often, especially with the league's crackdown on high-impact hits to defenseless players and helmet-to-helmet rules. Officials have had a particularly tough time keeping up with those plays, with multiple players drawing penalties that the league later suggested should not have been penalized.
Here's what else was in the news for the NFL on Wednesday:
Above is a video from TMZ, which appears to show Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée out of an elevator. As noted by Baltimore Beat Down, the context of the video is unknown, but Ray and his fiancée were both arrested in connection with an incident, and police say that video evidence does support a physical altercation between the two. Eventually, a police report was released that alleges Rice knocked Janay Palmer unconscious at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. Both were charged with simple assault-domestic violence.
Miami Dolphins head trainer Kevin O'Neill was fired from the team on Wednesday. O'Neill was implicated in the Ted Wells report regarding the Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito controversy. O'Neill allegedly knew of abusive behavior against Martin and racially-charged marks regarding an assistant of Japanese descent. In the Wells report, it was stated that O'Neill was not cooperative with the investigation and that he "expressed hostility toward our investigation."
In addition, the Dolphins also announced they fired offensive line coach Jim Turner. Turner was implicated along with O'Neill, though to a higher degree, it would seem. Most figured Turner would be gone and it was just a matter of when the team was going to act.
The Denver Broncos could be interested in acquiring the services of safety Louis Delmas, according to a report Wednesday. Delmas was set to make $6 million next season, but was released by the cap-strapped Detroit Lions this offseason. Delmas is considered one of the top safeties in the NFL, but has had significant injury issues throughout his career. His 2013 campaign was a nice change though, as he managed to play in all 16 games.
They talk about the injury concerns and what he'd be able to contribute over at Mile High Report:
Delmas does have some injury concerns. According to the Detroit Free Press, Delmas has a degenerative knee condition that limited him to one day of practice most weeks and impacted his performance in games. This condition lead to some teams to remove Delmas from their draft board during the draft. However Delmas nearly played 100% of the Lions snaps in 2013.
If signed, Delmas would look to replace veteran Mike Adams in the starting roster. It is interesting to see what this means for Rahim Moore. Moore has been diagnosed with lateral compartment syndrome, and has yet to be cleared to practice. Either way the Broncos need an upgrade at the Safety position, and Delmas would be an upgrade for the Broncos.
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has officially been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance abuse policy. There were initial reports that suggested Davis had been suspended for six games, but it looks as though those were premature. Given that he was suspended indefinitely, it's likely he was already well into the league's treatment/discipline program. He was previously suspended in 2011 for failing multiple drug tests.