The league's team owners approved the change Tuesday by a 30-2 vote in an attempt to add some excitement to a part of the game that has become almost automatic. Last season, kickers missed only eight of 1,230 extra-point attempts, a success rate of 99.3%.
But that was from 20 yards out. The new rule will have them trying from 33 yards out -- kickers have made about 94% of field-goal attempts from that distance during the last 10 years.
"If somebody was telling you, ‘Hey, we’re going to make your job just a little bit more important,’ why wouldn’t you take it?" said
But other kickers weren't nearly as enthusiastic.
“I’m a traditionalist," said
Most everyone seems to agree that the rule change will most affect teams that play outdoors in sometimes inclement weather.
"Early in the year, I don't think it changes much," Vinatieri said. "I think come playoff time, when it's windy, cold and fields are in crummy conditions, it might change some stuff."
One kicker who's taking it all in stride is
"As far as I'm concerned, it's just another kick." said Gano, who has made 93 consecutive PAT attempts after missing one during his first game with Carolina in 2012. "That's how I'm going to treat it."