NFL  > General NFL  > does the NFL need to consider moving goalposts further back?
December 16, 2013, 11:55 PM
I just watched a game winning field goal in the BAL/DET game. A 61 yard field goal. The NFL has to do something. Kickers are most powerful nowadays than they were when the rules and dimensions of the game/field were invented. It seems like kickoffs nowadays routinely sail out of the back of the end zone. I don't think the creators of the NFL thought when they put the goalposts in the back of the end zone thought teams could score points while barely crossing mid field. It is not in the spirit of the competition of the game to score field goals from that far back. I think as the athletes get more powerful, the game has to evolve. Even though running backs are faster and receivers are taller, so are the defenders. In a way, kickers are unopposed, besides the rare block. The only opponent of a kicker on a field goal or a kick off for that matter, is the dimensions of the field. I just hate teams getting "cheap" points off extraordinarily long field goals, it just doesn't feel right to me. I'm also of the opinion that referees play too large a role in games, just like kickers nowadays. The games should be decided by the "athletes" on the field, that is what football is about. 50 years ago, a 45 yard field goal was a long field goal, nowadays it's expected that a kicker makes that because of how good these guys are. I guess I take the "athletes" comment back, because they are great athletes, but with seemingly no opponent, isn't it time the NFL does something to shift some of the overall outcomes of games back into the hands of the offensive and defensive players and out of the hands of all the nuances of the rules and the kickers?
December 17, 2013  12:02 AM ET

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB100014240527023034825045791778620837 37556

look at that graphic of the percentage of 50+ yard field goals made throughout the history of the NFL

December 17, 2013  12:16 AM ET

Not sure what they could do as the GoalPosts are out of the endzone. Remember when the Goal Posts were in the endzone haha. I was watching old film earlier and kept waiting for someone to run right into the GoalPost going for a pass.

December 17, 2013  04:33 AM ET

Maybe they should move the uprights closer together ? Sort of like what Arena Football did to compensate for the short field.

The NFL has no problem rewriting the rule book. I think every time a kicker kicks the kickoff out of bounds that the team should have the option of taking possession where the ball went out of bounds or a 10 yard penalty will be imposed and the team must kick the ball again.

December 17, 2013  04:56 AM ET

sorry the link i posted wasn't a link, but what it says it that nowadays kickers make 66% of field goals over 50 yards, as opposed to 35% in the 1970s

December 17, 2013  05:07 AM ET

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nfl-kickers-dramatically-improved-over-the-yea rs/

December 17, 2013  06:45 AM ET

simple answer = do away with domed-stadiums,.......and play outside in the natural-elements = ~wind~, ''rain'', *snow*, ((sun)),......!?

December 17, 2013  06:49 AM ET

.........*play better defense, and don't throw interceptions,........(cough) matt Stafford*,........note = nobody wants to see those ratbird/ravenz in jan.,......believe-mee....!!

December 17, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

simple answer = do away with domed-stadiums,.......and play outside in the natural-elements = ~wind~, ''rain'', *snow*, ((sun)),......!?

I love my dome Football. Turn up the heat if you get my drift ;-)

December 17, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I love my dome Football. Turn up the heat if you get my drift ;-)

*MM throw another dart at her (bill-polian/dart-brd.)*

December 17, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

*MM throw another dart at her (bill-polian/dart-brd.)*

Just kidding around, I knew you would know what I was talking about ;-)

December 17, 2013  10:29 AM ET

No.

 
December 17, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE:

I just watched a game winning field goal in the BAL/DET game. A 61 yard field goal. The NFL has to do something. Kickers are most powerful nowadays than they were when the rules and dimensions of the game/field were invented. It seems like kickoffs nowadays routinely sail out of the back of the end zone. I don't think the creators of the NFL thought when they put the goalposts in the back of the end zone thought teams could score points while barely crossing mid field. It is not in the spirit of the competition of the game to score field goals from that far back. I think as the athletes get more powerful, the game has to evolve. Even though running backs are faster and receivers are taller, so are the defenders. In a way, kickers are unopposed, besides the rare block. The only opponent of a kicker on a field goal or a kick off for that matter, is the dimensions of the field. I just hate teams getting "cheap" points off extraordinarily long field goals, it just doesn't feel right to me. I'm also of the opinion that referees play too large a role in games, just like kickers nowadays. The games should be decided by the "athletes" on the field, that is what football is about. 50 years ago, a 45 yard field goal was a long field goal, nowadays it's expected that a kicker makes that because of how good these guys are. I guess I take the "athletes" comment back, because they are great athletes, but with seemingly no opponent, isn't it time the NFL does something to shift some of the overall outcomes of games back into the hands of the offensive and defensive players and out of the hands of all the nuances of the rules and the kickers?

You can't be serious!!

Give the guy his props for cryin' out loud!!!!!!

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