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Mike McCarthy: 'Zero issue' with Packers going for 2

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  • By Tyler Dragon NFL.com
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The Pittsburgh Steelers' two-point conversion trend seems to have caught the eye of a team northwest of the Steel City.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy dropped several hints on Wednesday that his team might elect to go for two as opposed to kick an extra point more often this season.

"Just because of the way we're built ... and the volume of [offensive plays] which you would need to go the entire course of the year, I'm comfortable that we could attain that very easily," McCarthy said, according to ESPN. "But I think you have to look at the whole picture, too."

McCarthy spoke about the matter after Ben Roethlisberger said this week that he would like Pittsburgh to go for two after every touchdown this season.

"Put it in our hands. I want the ball. Any player would relish that opportunity," Roethlisberger said.

The Steelers converted 8 of 11 two-point conversions last year, resulting in a league-leading 72.7 percent success rate.

The two teams aren't alone in considering a more aggressive approach. In an interview on "The Dan Patrick Show" Drew Brees discussed how his team might go for two more often in 2016.

"Personally, I feel like if we went for two that we could make it more than 50 percent of the time," Brees told Patrick. "So, I'm all for it."

An optimistic stance being that the New Orleans Saints converted just one of four attempts last season.

Expect the two-point hype train to go beyond the Packers, Steelers and Saints. Those three teams were just the first to be open about it. It's no coincidence that all three of the clubs have top-tier quarterbacks.

"Personally, I definitely agree with Ben and Drew. I think especially with Aaron being our quarterback, I would have zero issue as an offensive coach going for it every single time," McCarthy added on Wednesday.

Thirty of 32 teams attempted a two-point conversion last season. Those teams converted 50 of 102 attempts (49 percent). While teams electing to go for the more conservative approach converted an extra point 94 percent of the time.

Going for two does make for more exciting football, but notice the teams who have average quarterbacks and playmakers are keeping quiet on the situation.

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