Sundberg: NFL Getting Rid of Extra Points is ‘Slippery Slope’
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Monday the NFL is considering a proposal to eliminate extra points from the game, much to the chagrin of special teamers.
This news didn’t sit well with Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg, who took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter, tweeting the commissioner directly:
Nick Sundberg (@NickSundberg) January 21, 2014
Sundberg joined 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny on Wednesday, to explain his position, and more specifically, his math, in saying ridding the game of extra points would eliminate “half my job.”
“That’s just good old headlines by Roger, I think,” Sundberg said of the proposal. “I don’t know.”
Although for Sundberg, the proposal, even if just an idea, still has very real implications, because in his opinion, the argument is a slippery slope.
“I mean I really just meant field goals in general because once the extra points are gone, the field goals are gone too. C’mon,” he said. “Then kickoffs are gone, then kickers are gone entirely, and then if you’re not going to kickoff, why would you punt? So then you know, specialists are gone entirely. It’s a slippery slope we’re on.”
Sundberg, however, is open to the idea of a compromise.
“If he says he wants to make the league more exciting, or he wants to make every play more exciting, things like that — listening to you guys and I’ve heard this before too — move it back,” he said. “I agree.
“Don’t make it a gimme. Move it back. Make it a 50-yard field goal, 45, 40, whatever you want, but don’t just get rid of it entirely. I think that’s absolutely ridiculous.”
There are also the more immediate implications such a proposal becoming reality would carry, like, as Sundberg explained, the loss of financial incentives.