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 games, 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, but instead move it up to entice coaches to go for more two-point conversions. "If you really want to make it interesting," he said, "put it at the 1."
Clearly, he 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."
Soup not simmering
Marcus "Soup" Harris and Corey Washington may be competing for the same roster spot, but Harris said he understands why his fellow wide receiver has had the opportunity to catch three game-winning touchdowns. "I'm a former quarterback," Harris said. "I'm going to throw it over to a 6-4 receiver myself."
Depending on how things work out at the position and elsewhere on the roster, the Giants may only be able to keep one of the young players. Harris said he is trying to increase his special teams roles to help him stand apart. Harris may be more polished, but it's tough to compete against a guy who has flashed as much potential as Washington.
"At the end of the day, we won the game," Harris said of Washington's play against the Colts. "I made my plays and he made his plays."
DT Mike Patterson will make his preseason debut against the Jets after missing the first three games with a shoulder injury. "I'm real excited just for the fact that I haven't had a chance to be on the field yet," he said. "I'm really excited to see where I'm at and working it out from there." . . . Coughlin would not provide any certainties in the still wide-open race for the tight end job, but after two key catches on last week's game-winning drive expect Adrien Robinson to see more snaps earlier. "He certainly has given himself an opportunity to play a little bit more," Coughlin said . . . Coughlin said CBs Trumaine McBride and Walter Thurmond III will both spend time replacing Prince Amukamara (groin) with the starting defense against the Jets.