Bisaccia doesn't want kickers punished

June, 16, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have one of the NFL’s best kickers in Dan Bailey, so if extra points come from a deeper distance in the future it won’t much matter.

But Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia doesn’t believe there needs to be a tweak in the point-after process.

“Peyton Manning broke the record for touchdown passes, so should we limit the amount of time you get to throw the ball because, all of a sudden, the record has been broken for touchdown passes?" Bisaccia told ESPN’s NFL columnist Ashley Fox. "We have to be careful for how much we're changing the game.”

In March, not long after signing a seven-year, $22.5 million extension, Bailey talked about a proposed rule change that never came about.

“I definitely can see where he’s coming from,” Bailey said. “I can’t say that it doesn’t make sense to me, but at the same time I think it’s really just a matter of how you look at it. There’s just a million different examples you can argue that point. For me it’s like a handoff or maybe a center-quarterback exchange. To me and to most people, they feel like it would seem like an automatic thing, just handing the guy the ball, but as we all know that doesn’t always go smoothly. There’s fumbles and botched snaps. That’s just one example. I feel like if it was as automatic as everybody implies, I feel like we’d all be out of a job because everybody would be able to do it. I don’t think that’s the case. I understand where it comes from, but obviously I disagree on a couple of fronts.”

For two weeks in the preseason the point-after try will come from the 15-yard line, equating in a 32- or 33-yard field goal. Last year kickers converted 90 percent of their tries from between 30-39 yards.

Bailey, who has never missed a PAT, has missed just one of 33 career attempts between 30-39 yards. If the NFL wants to move it back further, Bailey is 27 of 29 from 40-49 yards and has made 17 attempts in a row in his career.

He could become the most accurate kicker in history next season.

Bisaccia doesn’t want to see his guy -- or any kicker -- punished for excellence.

"Proficiency is a skill kickers have worked really hard at, and that part of the game has really changed," Bisaccia said. "Pete Gogolak was the first soccer-style kicker in the game. The way they kick changed only in my short lifetime of football. Unless we want to alleviate the kicker and say a position player has to kick, they're going to get better ... We're going to penalize guys for perfecting their craft? They're getting more skilled, more proficient, but it's a skill they've had to work at."

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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