Adam Vinatieri: The NFL is trying to minimize the importance of kickers

Adam VinatieriFrom the collegiate level to the professional level, fans have a love-hate relationship with kickers. We love them when they hit a big field goal and hate them when they miss them. Kickers have come to grips with this, but now they potentially have another issue they are will have to deal with.

The fact that the NFL considering making the extra point longer or just eliminating it all together, has some kickers upset. Adam Vinatieri who is the most prolific kicker in the NFL at the moment spoke to Jim Corbett of the USA Today and he was displeased about the proposal. And in Vinatieri’s mind the importance of kickers is being minimize by the NFL.

“I don’t understand the logic: Will it make the game safer for people by moving the extra point back to a 43-yarder? If anything, players are going to rush harder because they’re thinking, ‘That far of a field goal-type try, we have to go after blocking it more,’ ” Vinatieri told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “If you want to talk about potential risk, more guys get injured on a field goal than extra point.

“This just seems like a proposal by a couple of people trying to pound their chest a little saying, ‘Let’s change it up because kickers are too good,’ ” says Vinatieri, who last season was 35-for-40 on field goals, including 4-for-6 on attempts from beyond 50 yards.

“They’re trying to downgrade our value versus continuing to put an emphasis on kicking. They’re trying to minimize the importance of kickers. I’m a traditionalist. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Vinatieri said.

Vinatieri raises a good point about the safety issues that NFL claims they are concerned about. It will be interesting to see how this issue develops.

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