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Dan Bailey curious as to why PAT needed to change

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys place-kicker Dan Bailey is not upset the NFL moved the distance for an extra point from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line.

The most accurate kicker in NFL history will attempt it from wherever they want it, but he is curious as to why the rule needed to be changed at all.

"I think there was talk that they wanted to add, quote, 'skill,' to the kick," Bailey said. "As somebody that does this as my job, it requires the same skill to kick an extra point from where it was to where it's going to be. The skill set is the same. It requires you to be accurate in both acts. Now it'll be a little more distance, but by saying we're trying to add skill to the kick is almost saying we didn't possess that before, which I don't agree. Ask around the league -- everybody is going to approach each kick the same way. A 50-yarder is just as hard as a 33-yarder to an extra point. You can't take mental breaks on any kicks because then you'll be out of a job."

Since 2010, kickers have converted better than 99 percent of the extra points leaguewide. Bailey has never missed an extra point (179-of-179). The NFL thought the extra point had become a dead play over the years and wanted to liven up the point after with the rule change.

If the kickers are too proficient from 33 yards -- the usual distance of a field goal from the 15-yard line -- the rule could change again next year.

"What are we trying to accomplish out of this?" Bailey said. "What will be an acceptable percentage for extra points? Right now it's pretty much we make 100 percent, but now we back it up. OK, is 95 percent an acceptable baseline? Ninety-three percent? I can see this adding more value to our position if you're above whatever we set the baseline as during the course of the year."

Bailey wonders if kickers are being punished to a degree because they are too good at their jobs. Kicking percentages from all distances are higher than in previous eras.

If the extra point was too automatic, then why not look at other plays? According to ESPN Stats & Information, there were 13,137 snaps from under center in 2014. Only 22 snaps were aborted and only seven resulted in a turnover. Using that percentage, should the snap from under center be changed?

"What does everybody talk about when a quarterback goes 18-of-20 or 24-of-26? They praise how accurate they are and how well he managed the game and how they fought through weather issues," Bailey said. "There's always something, but it's always a positive evaluation. It seems like in this case our percentage is very high across the league and everybody is locked in to do what we need to do and put the work in to perform on Sunday, and it's looked at as a negative. It's hard to understand the thought process behind it."