By Mike Fisher | @fishsports
ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) — Last summer, Dan Bailey spent a portion of training camp working on longer extra points, just in case there was an NFL rule change.READ MORE: US Supreme Court To Consider Controversial Texas Abortion Law
“Obviously from an entertainment standpoint — or lack thereof I guess – it’s not very entertaining, extra points,” the Cowboys kicker said then. “I don’t know, we’ll kind of take it as it comes and see how it goes.”
And now we know how it goes.READ MORE: Texas Mother And Son Arrested In Wyoming For Murder In Oklahoma
On Tuesday the league instituted a rule change that moves extra points back to the 15-yard line. Defenses also now can return a fumble or an intercepted two-point try (which will be attempted from the two-yard line), as well as a blocked PAT, for two points.
“Obviously, it makes the extra point that much more challenging,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said during the team’s Reliant Home-Run Derby benefiting the Salvation Army at Globe Life Park. “I think the percentage to make a PAT, the way it is, is north of 98 percent, and I think it’s about 93 percent to kick a field goal that’s 33 yards. So there’s a little bit of a difference there, obviously. I’m glad they did the thing where the defense can return it and get two points. I think that’s a good rule, and I’m glad they kept (two-point tries) it at the 2-yard line.”
Dallas is hoping its offense will be largely unaffected by the change, and Bailey is the reason why. He’s as accurate a kicker as the NFL has ever seen. In four seasons with the Cowboys, he’s a perfect 179-for-179 on extra points and on field-goal attempts between 30 and 39 yards, Bailey’s career mark is 38-for-40.MORE NEWS: Southlake Ranks 20th 'Best Small City In America'; Keller & Flower Mound Most Affordable
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