It was really a simple question directed to Mike Tomlin by myself following the Jacksonville game.
“Coach,” I said, “obviously, the 2-point attempt was planned. Was that just because you have been working on it so much during camp?”
What I was expecting as a response was something along the lines of “we have put time into it” or “I wanted to see how it works” or something about wanting to be thoughtfully non-rhythmic.
Instead, I got a response, and I am paraphrasing now, “none of your business.”
OK, I wasn’t expecting that.
But after a little thinking, maybe there is a lot in what Tomlin didn’t say to my 2-point conversion question.
To me, I truly believe the Steelers are going to go for 2-points more often than first suspected, and it has nothing to do with Shaun Suisham’s injury or the extra point being moved back.
If you don’t remember, the NFL amended its extra point rule earlier in the year that pushed the ball back 13 yards making the attempt after touchdowns a 33-yard kick instead of 20 yards, which was converted a more than 99 percent last year.
While the numbers doesn’t suggest that there will be much of a difference in conversion percentage with the change in distance (kickers made 32 of 33 field goals from exactly 33-yards out last year), Tomlin appears to be more than contemplating attempting more 2-point conversions.
Tomlin has been quite successful with 2-point conversions over his eight years as Steelers coach. The Steelers are 10 of 13 converting 2-point conversions under Tomlin including converting all four attempts last year.
And if you see how successful the first-team offense has been during training camp while practicing 2-points, I’d consider going for it more often as well.
“You’d have to ask Coach about that,” Darrius Heyward-Bey told me the other day.
I tried, DHB, and Tomlin said he wasn’t going to divulge his “strategy.”
I don’t know, maybe I am reading too much into this, but I don’t think I am.
The Steelers are going to go for 2-points more this year, especially early in games and I am all for it.
As always, check out the Kaboly Show Podcast —–> http://files.triblive.com/podcasts/sportstalk/817KAB15.mp3