Craig: Field-goal accuracy begs question — should goal posts be narrowed?

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2013 - 11:56 AM

NFL kickers are becoming so accurate that there is talk of changing the width of the goalposts.

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brightonjimDec. 10, 1310:15 PM

Instead of narrowing the goalposts, raise the crossbar. Make short field goals and extra points more of a challenge.

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gimp77Dec. 10, 1310:25 PM

They should move the extra point back, make it about a 35 yd attempt. It's a waste of time as it is now. (I heard Bud Grant suggested this-seriously!)

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schmuckDec. 10, 1310:27 PM

A new field goal record is set and all of a sudden it's time to change the goalposts. Absolutely absurd!

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JRBDec. 11, 1312:59 AM

I say leave it as is. Don't penalize today's kickers just because they're good.

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ollie3Dec. 11, 13 4:50 AM

The xp kick is pointless, tell teams they can either take a full 7 for a TD, or go for 2 but if they don't convert then they only get 6. Make field goals worth 1 point for every full 15 yards from the goal post, that will give teams closer to the end zone more incentive to try to score a TD, which is I think what most people prefer to watch.

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zoilovDec. 11, 13 7:28 AM

In the 60's, an offensive line averaged around 240 LB's, now they go 315. QB's never threw for over 300 yards/game, now it's the norm. Let's face it, people are getting bigger, faster, and stronger. Changing the goal posts will make all kicking records meaningless. The 63 yard Dempsey record held for more than 30 years, let's not panic.

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Don't Feed the Greed GuyDec. 11, 13 8:11 AM

Yes, and how about a 90 yard field, 8 points for rushing touchdowns, no helmets to cut down on head-to-head contact, and no pass interference.... Any other brilliant suggestions? How about 10 1/2 foot basketball rims since more players are dunking than 50 years ago. Sheesh.

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objoeDec. 11, 13 8:32 AM

The ball is drastically different today than it was years ago. The old football was more like a rugby ball. It was changed to promote the passing game that football is today.

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rondodondoDec. 11, 13 8:39 AM

Years ago the hash marks were not where they are now and guys had to kick from odd angles. It was a lot tougher as I remember it. Move them instead of monkeying with the goal posts

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wheelz22Dec. 11, 13 8:50 AM

I don't think the NFL has the right to change the playing field. The NFL didn't invent the game, they're just the caretakers. Same goes for the NBA.....no right to change the height of the hoop. And MLB overstepped its rights when they changed the height of the mound.

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