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Report: NFL unlikely to narrow goal posts

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08:57 AM ET 12.22 | Last week, the Sunday Blitz noted the idea that the NFL's competition committee could consider narrowing the goal posts for the first time in league history, from the 18-feet, 6-inch width they have always been, and the idea was raised again after the Monday night performance of Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker, whose 61-yard game-winner at Detroit was one of his sixth field goal conversions. But two members of the competition committee told NFP last week that, while the idea has been casually proposed by some, and might actually get an airing when the influential group huddles in Florida in advance of the NFL's annual meeting in March, it isn't likely to fly.

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December 22, 2013  09:09 AM ET

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quit tinkering with the rules every season.

December 22, 2013  09:13 AM ET

You guys bored? You should try work, it can be very rewarding.

December 22, 2013  09:20 AM ET

I'm tired of complete speculation by reporters being passed off as real news!!!!!!!!!

December 22, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Too bad. Should have been done years ago.

December 22, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Too bad. Should have been done years ago.

Agreed. But I'd love to see these guys try to kick the ball through a windmill like mini-golf!

December 22, 2013  10:20 AM ET

Leave the goal posts as they are now, but you need to think about moving the kickoffs back to the twenty to get more play or just do away with kick offs all together and mark the ball on the twenty or twenty five yard line to start the next series.

December 22, 2013  10:45 AM ET

Bye goal posts.

December 22, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Agreed. But I'd love to see these guys try to kick the ball through a windmill like mini-golf!

Nice thought. Honestly, the posts need to be narrowed. And raise the cross bar if you want. Synthetic turf, indoor stadiums and all has already changed the dynamics of the field goal, so why not change the posts? MLB has different stadium dimensions in every park and no one says that is wrong.

December 22, 2013  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nice thought. Honestly, the posts need to be narrowed. And raise the cross bar if you want. Synthetic turf, indoor stadiums and all has already changed the dynamics of the field goal, so why not change the posts? MLB has different stadium dimensions in every park and no one says that is wrong.

why not just make it that you cannot kick a FGs unless it's say 50+ yards or more from the spot of the ball ?

December 22, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

why not just make it that you cannot kick a FGs unless it's say 50+ yards or more from the spot of the ball ?

Or they could just leave it alone.

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December 22, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Back in the day -- Bud Grant had it right ... when asked what was needed to defend against a soccer style kicker, he said "tighten up the immigration laws" ...

December 22, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Or they could just leave it alone.

Why? They have no problem changing a whole lot of other rules.

December 22, 2013  11:27 AM ET

Allow the DC on the defending team to be on the side line and give him a shot gun, have him shoot the ball down. But if he hits a player or a fan that still has money, the kicking team gets 10 points.

December 22, 2013  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Allow the DC on the defending team to be on the side line and give him a shot gun, have him shoot the ball down. But if he hits a player or a fan that still has money, the kicking team gets 10 points.

That's pretty good. But the ball should have blinking lights like Telstar and maybe have a duck painted on it. Instead of the DC how about a designated fan who gets a controller and the ball is actually shot at with a small missile from a specially equipped drone-balloon hovering over the stadium? Fan involvement.

December 22, 2013  12:06 PM ET

The only change I'd like to see made to the goal posts is make the posts taller. I hate when the ball cross directly over a bar and the refs give them the 3 point.

1. If the posts were higher the ball would not have gone through the uprights, it would have hit the bar. That should not be considered "good".

2. It's an element of human error (referees) that can easily be eliminated.

December 22, 2013  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The only change I'd like to see made to the goal posts is make the posts taller. I hate when the ball cross directly over a bar and the refs give them the 3 point.1. If the posts were higher the ball would not have gone through the uprights, it would have hit the bar. That should not be considered "good".2. It's an element of human error (referees) that can easily be eliminated.

Two words:

Laser goalposts

December 22, 2013  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Bye goal posts.

I see a trend here. Are you leaving and giving up on NFL football Otis?

December 22, 2013  12:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Two words:Laser goalposts

That's the spirit!

 
December 22, 2013  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm tired of complete speculation by reporters being passed off as real news!!!!!!!!!

amen!!! I browse these sites (and I have many) looking for any REAL news or something that has sources to back it up.....so often it is some clown, just like me, on a keyboard passing off his thoughts as real news. sick of it.

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