The Pittsburgh Steelers might be on their way to revolutionizing football.
Last season, the Steelers converted on eight of 11 2-point conversion attempts. While that might not sound like a whole lot, it set a record for most successful 2-point conversions in a season. Only three teams scored more than two 2-point conversions last season—the Tennessee Titans, the Green Bay Packers and the Steelers.
Pittsburgh's approach helped them score a whopping 26.4 points per game last season, tied for fourth-best in the NFL. One of the biggest proponents of the team consistently going for 2 is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. During a recent media session, the Steelers signal-caller said he said he'd like to see the team go for 2 after every touchdown next season:
Ben Roethlisberger: If it was up to me, we'd go for 2 after every touchdown. Said M. Tomlin suggested just that to him and asked his opinion
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) June 14, 2016
Ben Roethlisberger on 2 pt conversions "I think we should go for it every time. Why not? If we practice it every day." #Steelers
— Chris Mueller (@ByChrisMueller) June 14, 2016
It might sound crazy, we could be on the verge of a league-wide rise in 2-point attempts. Last season saw the implementation of a new rule that made the standard extra-point kick attempt 13 yards longer. That led to a 94.2 percent success rate on extra points, the lowest level in decades. If a team can convert on 50 percent or more of their 2-point conversions, it makes sense to go for 2 on a regular basis.
According to ESPN, the Steelers start every practice by running seven plays from the 2-yard line—precisely where the ball is spotted on 2-point conversion attempts. With an offense that includes playmakers like Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, Markus Wheaton and Antonio Brown, the Steelers could record an astonishing number of 2-point conversions next season.
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