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Coughlin: Want interesting extra points? Put ball at 1-yard-line

Tom Coughlin speaks to the media after conditioning

Tom Coughlin speaks to the media after conditioning drills at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on July 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Credit: Mike Stobe

Tom Coughlin thinks the NFL is going in the wrong direction.

The Giants coach made it clear that he was not a fan of the experimental extra points that were used in the team's first three games. Instead of spotting the ball at the 2-yard-line, the league put the ball at the 15. That led to 33-yard extra-points and, as promised, an increased degree of difficulty. Slightly.

In 33 preseason game, kickers missed a total of eight extra points, converting 133 out of 141 (94.3 percent). The eight misses in two weeks of games was more than the five misses all of last year in the regular season. Last year kickers converted 99.6 percent of extra points.

Extra points will return to the 2-yard-line with this week's preseason games.

It seems inevitable that the NFL will change the extra point in the next year or so. Coughlin's suggestion is that they don't move the ball back to make the kick more difficult, though. They should move it up to entice coaches to go for more two-point conversions.

"If you really want to make it interesting," Coughlin said, "put it at the 1."

Clearly, Coughlin prefers when things are as they have been and always will be in his life. That goes for extra points, too.

"I didn't think much of it when it was suggested," he said of the 15-yard-line proposal. "There are some ways to change that part of it if the intent is to make it more exciting ... I think you have to be aware of the fact that it's a 33-yard field goal in November when the wind's blowing and it's snowing here and ? in Miami it's 75 degrees. It's a little different in different parts of the country. You do have to be aware of that."

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