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Longer extra point is here to stay as NFL owners approve seven rule proposals

By Andrew Krammer

The NFL succeeded in making the extra-point play less predictable, so it’ll stay that way.

League owners voted to make permanent the extra point’s shift to the 15-yard line, one of seven proposals adopted Tuesday at owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. The rule took a trial run during the 2015 season, and produced 71 missed kicks, including six from Bills kicker Dan Carpenter and this unfortunate incident. Kickers missed the most extra points in nearly four decades as the rule caused a few ripples, including Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pivoting toward the two-point conversion. The overall conversion rate was still above 94 percent.

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a career-high four points after touchdowns, including three at the outdoor TCF Bank Stadium, which served as their temporary home the last two seasons. His 89.2 percent conversion rate (33/37) on extra points ranked 29th out of 32 kickers. Despite Walsh’s uneven start to the season, the Vikings stood by him with the ink barely dry on a four-year extension signed last summer. He would go on to lead the league in field goals made (34) during the regular season, before missing a potential game winner in the Vikings’ wild-card loss to Seattle.

Walsh was 5 of 6 on the long extra-point attempts indoors, where the Vikings will play next season after the opening of U.S. Bank Stadium this summer. Under the now-permanent rule, defenses can also return a missed try.

Here are the six other rule proposals adopted Tuesday. Discussions will continue Wednesday before the week’s meetings convene.

– Play callers can now use coach-to-player communication systems regardless of whether they’re on the field or in the coaches’ booth

– All chop blocks are illegal

– Expanded horse collar rule, including when a defender grabs the jersey at the name plate or above and pulls a runner to the ground

– Delay of game penalty when a team attempts to call a timeout it doesn’t have

– Loss of down instead of five-yard penalty when a receiver illegally touches a forward pass after re-establishing himself in bounds

– Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after change of possession

The post Longer extra point is here to stay as NFL owners approve seven rule proposals appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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