Although owners didn't vote Wednesday on various proposals to change the extra-point play, the issue will be a central point of focus in May when the group reconvenes for a one-day meeting in San Francisco.
Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee, said there's a "clear movement" in wanting to change the play for this season. The committee will develop alternatives and be ready for a potential vote at the next meetings.
The problem is, kickers are very accurate — they make PATs more than 99% of the time — making those plays virtually automatic and therefore superfluous.
Among the proposals being considered are moving the line of scrimmage back for extra-point kicks and/or placing the ball closer, at the 11/2-yard line, to encourage two-point conversions. There is a proposal to eliminate the PAT entirely, and one that allows the defense to score if the ball were to be turned over on a two-point play, as is the case in college football.
During the last exhibition season, the league experimented with longer extra points.
Not everyone is in agreement that the current system should be changed.
"I'm a traditionalist,"
When unsportsmanlike penalties are called at the end of a half or at the end of regulation in a tie game, those penalties will be imposed at the start of the second half or overtime.
The old rules stipulated that if a retractable roof was closed at kickoff, it had to remain closed for the entire game. Now, it can be opened at halftime if the weather is good.
Linebackers can now wear jersey numbers from 40 to 49, in addition to the traditional numbers in the 50s and 90s.
Owners voted down a proposal by Chicago that would give each team an overtime possession regardless of what happens on the opening series. As it is, if a team scores a touchdown on the opening possession of overtime, the game is over.
"We've had some discussions within our [Los Angeles] committee as to whether when it comes to relocation that's an appropriate time frame," Commissioner
"That's been discussed. We certainly haven't come to a conclusion on that."