Rodgers says new PAT rules threaten player safety

Ryan Wood
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Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby kicks the ball during Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field.

Check the NFL's newest advertisement, and chances are it's probably endorsing a newfound, strengthened commitment to player safety.

It's a theme NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has consistently promoted over the past few years. With concussions becoming increasingly problematic for the league, there's been an onslaught of support to keep players safe in a violent game.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spied hypocrisy Tuesday.

The new rules for point-after-touchdown attempts make the game more dangerous, Rodgers said. In an attempt to add some intrigue to the most automatic play in football, Rodgers believes the league went too far.

"I think it goes against the league stance on player safety," Rodgers said. "It's now become a very important play, especially in the winter time in Green Bay, when no field goal is guaranteed. And it doesn't go for just Green Bay. Any place that is cold, or has rain or inclement weather, it's going to be an interesting decision. Do you go for the 2-pointer from the 2, or do you go for a 33-yard field goal?

"And with that, the play's not dead anymore. If there's an interception or a fumble, you can return it. So I think you're bringing some player-safety issues involved into that play."

Rodgers admits he's a traditionalist, part of why he didn't want to see a basic element of the game changed. He's also a quarterback. Points are always good, even if they're boring.

Last week, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he expects some coaches may opt to go for 2 points more often, though not necessarily his team. Rodgers doesn't want to see the new rules change the philosophical approach to the game.

"It could make it more exciting," Rodgers said, "but I still like the 1-pointer from where it was at." and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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