Kazzy Questions #1
Esteemed commenter Kolohe asks:
“Will a woman attempt a field goal or an extra point in a regular season game in the NFL sometime within the next 50 years?”
So, basically, he’s asking if the plot of the movie “Necessary Roughness” will come true within our lifetimes.
The answer? No. For two primary reasons.
First, the NFL is already exploring ways to eliminate the kickoff. And while your question was about field goals and extra points, most teams’ placekicker doubles as their kickoff specialist. So the placekicker role is going to become even more specialized. For this reason, I’ve got a pet theory that teams are going to move away from kicking specialists. Roster spots are just too precious to waste on a guy who impacts such a small part of the game. Just a few years ago, we saw Chad Ochocinco Johnson kick an extra point in a preseason game for the Bengals when their regular kicker was gimpy. This leads me to believe that we’re going to soon see kickers expected to double up with other roles, and teams likely carrying multiple players capable of such in case of injury. So rather than carry one FG specialist, I think they might carry two hybrid FG kickers, one who might be their third string safety and another who might be their 5th WR. This would give them increased roster flexibility and, given the continued evolution of athletes into superathletes seemingly capable of anything, would likely have little consequence on the actual kicking game.
Second, the NFL may not exist in 50 years.
Now, I don’t think it is impossible for it to happen. Should the NFL exist in 50 years, it likely will include rule changes that might make it more accessible to females. If I had to put odds on it, I’d say it is 90-10 against, though the odds will probably be slightly better than that in the second half of that 50-year-period.
I should also note that it wouldn’t shock me to learn that there already exist female athletes, most likely soccer players, who would be competent kickers in the NFL. But as with anyone looking to break barriers, they need to be far more than competent.