The NFL approved portions of proposals from the competition committee, the Patriots, and Eagles that will have extra points getting snapped from the 15-yard line and will give the defense the ability to return a failed two-point try for two points of their own.
The Patriots, who could probably get just about anything passed at the moment given Roger Goodell’s presumed desired to placate Robert Kraft, had proposed snapping from the 15 but without the defense’s ability to score. The Eagles and competition committee had also reportedly proposed snapping from the 15 and the two-point return, but one wrinkle they added is what you might call the Tebow Corollary– snapping from the one on two-point conversions. Alas. That one was stopped on the goal line.
What does this all mean? Well, I’d imagine a few painful 21-20 losses for a couple of teams. Moving the ball back will decrease percentages by at least a few points, leading more coaches to do the math about trying two-point conversions, especially in bad weather. Let’s just be thankful that Alex Henery – who was an inexplicable 1-5 last year with the Lions – is no longer around.
UPDATE: What a misleading headline here from Business Insider:
Wrong. They cite an expected ~97% extra point rate (based on 2014 field goals with the line of scrimmage from the 14-16). That’s still high and will usually lead risk-adverse coaches (not our very own big-balled marvel) to play it safe and go for one, not two – which over time would probably net just as many points – but it’s still over two points lower than the 99.6% rate on extra points the league had been experiencing. So it might not make a difference from a play-call standpoint, but there will absolutely be at least a few additional quirky scores thanks to the slightly decreased percentages.