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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Belichick: Why bother with P.A.T?

By Mike Reiss

Listened with interest to Bill Belichick's weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI yesterday, and there was one part of the interview that particularly piqued interest: If Belichick had rule-making authority, he'd do away with the point-after-attempt.

I had never heard Belichick say that about the P.A.T.

He explained his thinking while touching on his disappointment with the NFL's new kickoff rules.

"Philosophically, plays that are non-plays shouldn’t be in the game. I don't think it is good for the game. Extra points, when the odds are 99 percent range in extra points it is not a play. Lets move the ball back to the 15-20 yard line and not make it a tap in. Let them kick it. Same thing with the kickoff return, if you’re just going to put the ball on the 20, put the ball on the 20," Belichick told hosts Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi on "The Big Show." 

Belichick is now in his 37th year coaching in the NFL, and with that, he brings an interesting perspective when it comes to what is good for the NFL's on-field product.

Perhaps his thoughts on altering the point-after-attempt generates some momentum among the NFL competition committee in the coming years.