Rodgers: New PAT rule contradicts NFL's 'stance on player safety'

Aug 12, 2015 1:47 AM by CBS Sports - Sean Wagner-McGough

Aaron Rodgers isn't very pleased with the NFL's decision to move back point-after attempts from the two-yard line to the 15-yard line. And it's not just because Rodgers plays for the Packers in Green Bay, where the inclement weather will challenge kickers when they line up for a 33-yard extra point.

According to Rodgers, the new rule, which also allows the defense to score, "goes against the league stance on player safety."

"It's now become a very important play, especially in the wintertime in Green Bay, when no field goal is guaranteed," Rodgers said via ESPN. "And it doesn't go for just Green Bay. Any place that is cold or has rain or inclement weather, it's going to be an interesting decision. Do you go for the two-pointer from the 2 or do you go for a 33-yard field goal?

"And with that, the play's not dead anymore. If there's an interception or a fumble, you can return it. So I think you're bringing some player safety issues involved into that play. It could make it more exciting, but I still like the one-pointer from where it was at."

Rodgers isn't the only one displeased with the change in rules. When the new rule was first announced, Bills kicker Dan Carpenter spoke out against the change. Interestingly enough, he cited the same two reasons as Rodgers.


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