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Pete Carroll discusses PAT experiment

8/18/2014

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka had no problem with his six extra-point attempts in the first two preseason games, but some other kickers did.

The two-game experiment on snapping the point after from the 15-yard-line, making it a 33-yard kick, resulted in a few misses.

"I understand eight were missed in the first two weeks and there were only five missed all last season," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "So, it's obviously a factor. If that's where it goes, it will change the game.

"I can't even gage how many misses that would mean in a season and if somebody lost a game that way. Now, whoever makes those decisions has to figure out if they want to do that or not."

And what does Carroll want them to do?

"I don't care," he said.

The extra point has become one of the most meaningless plays in professional sports, because it's almost automatic when the ball is snapped from the 2-yard line. Last season, NFL kickers made 99.6 percent of their extra-point attempts.

So the league conducted a two-week experiment in the preseason with longer extra points. A rule change isn't coming for the season, but it's possible the NFL could opt to go with the longer kicks in 2015.