Ben Roethlisberger on going for two points after every TD: 'Why not?'

ByJeremy Fowler ESPN logo
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are going for two ... and two ... and two.

Until the season is over.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters before the start of Tuesday's minicamp that he wants the Steelers' offense to attempt a 2-point conversion after every touchdown in 2016.

"Why not?" Roethlisberger said. "Put it in our hands. I want the ball. Any player would relish that opportunity."

In 2015, the Steelers led the league in 2-point attempts (11) and scores (eight), a 72.7 percent success rate. They probably would have attempted more had Roethlisberger not missed four games because of injury. The league saw a slight spike in 2-point tries last season after moving the extra-point attempt to the 15-yard line.

According to Roethlisberger, coach Mike Tomlin brought up the no-kick approach last year. The way Roethlisberger sees it, even if the offense converts one of two tries, that's as good as two successful kicks.

The night before each game, Pittsburgh's offense picks its seven favorite plays from the 2-yard line, where 2-point plays take place. Every practice starts with "seven shots," pitting offense vs. defense at the 2-yard line.

"When we get into that situation, we feel extremely confident," Roethlisberger said.

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