Many players, fans and coaches are excited about the new PAT rules the National Football League is implementing for the upcoming season–just don’t count Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers among them.
According to a post by ESPN’s Packers blogger Rob Demovsky, Rodgers believes that the rule is contradictory to the NFL’s stance on trying to improve player safety. According to the post the reigning MVP had this to say on Tuesday: “I think it goes against the league stance on player safety,” Rodgers said.
“It’s now become a very important play, especially in the wintertime in Green Bay, when no field goal is guaranteed,” Rodgers said. “And it doesn’t go for just Green Bay. Any place that is cold or has rain or inclement weather, it’s going to be an interesting decision. Do you go for the two-pointer from the 2 or do you go for a 33-yard field goal?
“And with that, the play’s not dead anymore. If there’s an interception or a fumble, you can return it. So I think you’re bringing some player safety issues involved into that play. It could make it more exciting, but I still like the one-pointer from where it was at.”
The stance by Rodgers is an interesting one and one that I hadn’t really considered. I think it’s an important statement because many players believe the league cares less about player safety than it likes to portray.
Rodgers, who is one of the most prominent players in football, obviously carries a lot of weight when he speaks, so it’s a big deal for him to speak out against one of the major rule changes in effect for next season. And, he is correct that it will put more players at risk.
Injuries tend to happen a lot on special teams plays, especially in the trenches where the offensive and defensive lines are battling for position and defenders are desperately trying to block the kick.
Yet, I’m in favor of the rule. The extra-point simply became too automatic and even though Rodgers may not like, it’s here to stay–at least for 2015.