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At the owner's meetings next week, the NFL will consider changes to the extra point for the 2015 season.

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The Indianapolis Coltsrule proposal about a change to the extra point did not go over well.  But that doesn't mean that the league is against changing the extra point, and in fact the proposed changes will be considered at next week's owner's meetings.

There are three rule proposals that the NFL will consider.  Here's the report on the three proposals, per the Associated Press:

New England has suggested snapping the ball from the 15 for a one-point kick, meaning a 32- or 33-yard conversion, or placing the ball at the 2-yard line for a 2-point try.

Philadelphia proposes snapping from the 15 for the kick, but moving the ball to the 1 for a 2-point conversion. The Eagles also want the defense to be able to score the points if it returns a turnover on the 2-point conversion to the other end zone.

The competition committee offers the same as the Eagles, except the 2-point conversion would come from the 2-yard line.

It would figure that the most likely rule change would be the one proposed by the competition committee based simply on the fact that they are the ones proposing it (instead of a team), but all three are still on the table.  In order for one of the rule changes to be passed, it needs a two-thirds majority among the owners (in other words, it needs 24 votes out of 32 owners).

It's unlikely that any of these three changes would impact the game drastically, as most of the time kickers will make a 32 or 33-yard field goal try.  It does add a little more variable the the equation, however, as it is much less automatic than it is currently.  For example, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who undoubtedly is one of the best kickers in the league, has made 196 straight extra point attempts (having not missed since 2009) and has made 288 of his last 289 tries (dating back to the middle of the 2007 season).  That's insanely good, and so while Vinatieri should still be able to hit regularly from 32 or 33 yards out, it might not be as automatic as it is currently.  And that's not necessarily a bad thing for the NFL.