AN OPEN LETTER TO NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODDELL: IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THE NFL MORE EXCITING, GET RID OF PUNTS


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American football commissioner Roger Gooddell is bored with the certainty of the point after touchdown. And yes the kicks have become more automatic over the past decade with the introduction of the special ball for kicking. The NFL is looking to eliminate the PAT to make the game more exciting. Really?

If Gooddell really wants to put more excitement into the league he should leave extra points alone and consider eliminating punts. Getting rid of the fourth down boot would do two things that the NFL wants. One, it would make the games move more quickly without changing the amount of time devoted to TV timeouts. Punting leads to scattered players who take time to get off the field. Making teams go for the first down on every fourth down shortens the transition of possession. Two, scoring will go up. This is what the NFL really wants– more points, more great plays in the end zone.

Here’s how I would see the new no punt rule playing out. Let’s say Dallas is playing Washington on a Sunday night. The Redskins are leading by two touchdowns late in the third quarter. Dallas has been able to drive to about the Washington 40 each time they had the ball and their drives would stall. Now they have stopped the Redskins at their own 30 and can drive the ball in for a TD to cut the lead in half. On the kickoff the trap the kick returner on the Washington 10. Four plays later the Cowboys have the ball back on the 18. Two more plays later you have a tie game.

Gooddell get rid of punts for a more exciting game and leave the PAT alone.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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3 Responses to “AN OPEN LETTER TO NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODDELL: IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THE NFL MORE EXCITING, GET RID OF PUNTS”

  1. Or they can kickoff from the 20 or 25. Lots more exciting returns and better starting positions would lead to more points.

  2. Daryl Cobranchi Says:

    I wouldn’t want to eliminate fair catches for safety’s sake as well as because it would kill off one of the coolest (and rarest) of football plays: The free kick after a fair catch as time expires.

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