Some teams are looking toward going for two after touchdowns more regularly next season. The Atlanta Falcons may not be one of them.
Dan Quinn spoke to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, saying he would trust his gut in individual situations that may call for going for two as opposed to settling for a PAT.
"There is a time for it," Quinn said. "Real information and knowledge is power. But at the same time, it's feel. The shift of the game may feel differently."
While teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are considering the potential competitive advantage of going for two rather than attempting a PAT, Dan Quinn says he's going to trust his gut in any given situation as opposed to relying upon analytics.
Last season, the NFL moved PAT kicks back to the 15-yard line on a trial basis, and they made the change permanent and official this offseason. The move made PATs, which had been basically automatic, much more challenging. Seventy-one PAT kicks were missed by NFL kickers last season, compared to 37 total in the previous four seasons combined.
Ben Roethlisberger recently spoke to the media about his preference to go for two after every touchdown. The Steelers did go for two with regularity last season, and had a great deal of success. They converted eight out of 11 attempts last season, which placed them atop the league. The Packers were second in the league, converting four of six attempts.
The Falcons, on the other hand, attempted three and converted just one.
Quinn said he would keep the analytics in mind, but really, he's going to trust his gut on two-point conversions based on the circumstances.