03:18 PM - January 21, 2014 by MMChrisS
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and former Tampa Bay Greg Schiano have something in common that could change the way NFL games are played in the future -- unfortunately for Schiano, it's not an NFL paycheck. All three have proposed changes to special teams plays that would help improve player safety and also speed up games and one rule change could be coming soon.
While Schiano's plan to end kickoffs isn't on the table currently, Goodell is warming up publicly to the thought of cutting out extra points. If for no other reason, the NFL should get rid of extra points because of the time it cuts away from serious on-field action. Devoted viewers of the NFL spend around three hours tuning in for a broadcast -- approximately eleven minutes of that is actual "live" game action. If the NFL pulls the rug out from PAT's it could then serve as a gateway to more serious changes like the removal of the kickoff and it's dreadful commercial-break onslaught.
Sound Off: Should the NFL eliminate extra points or other special teams plays? What similar changes would improve the game?
Sports Headlines for January 21, 2014
- Richard Sherman is good at sharing his opinion and Seattle is good at playing the public relations game as Sherman both stands behind and apologizes for his words on the same day.
- "The tip heard 'round the world." [Image]
- A speed skater was disqualified after making an obscene gesture at Russia's Viktor Ahn.
- Bill Plaschke sees it as hypocritical to rip Richard Sherman for his on-air rant.
- Syracuse may be undefeated but their run at a national title just got tougher with the loss of DaJuan Coleman for the rest of the season.
- Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Michael Crabtree were mic'd up for the NFC Championship Game. The Sound FX for it will be out Wednesday.