Goodell considers idea to eliminate kickoffs
1:33 p.m. CST, December 6, 2012
Kickoffs may be closer to becoming extinct, according to a Time Magazine report.
In a cover story this week, Time revealed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Rich McKay, the head of the league's competition committee, discussed a proposal that would eliminate kickoffs after a touchdown or field goal.
It's an off-the-wall idea," he told Time. It's different and makes you think differently. It did me.
The alternative was conceived by Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie head coach Greg Schiano. The team that scored a touchdown or field goal would then get the ball on its own 30-yard line in a fourth-and-15 situation. That team can either go for a first down or punt. If you go for it and miss, the opponent would take over with good field position, which essentially replaces a failed onside kick.
Kickoffs were moved up five yards last season, while coverage teams were required to start within five yards of the ball, in an effort to make the play safer. The Elias Sports Bureau found that 43.5 percent of kickoffs led to touchbacks in 2010, a rise of nearly 30 percent from 2010.
Also, players suffered 40 percent fewer concussions on kickoffs in 2011, McKay told ESPN The Magazine.
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hmmm at first I don't like it, but I'm not sure this bothers me as much as it would. Kick offs really get replace w/punts at that point; b/c most teams are not going to go for a 4th and 15; but if you're down 30 at the end of the 3rd/4th qtr I would rather see a team go for a 4th and 15 then an onside kick. And it sounds like you'll still have the kickoff at the beggining and half.
this would probably keep allot of players on the unemployment line.............except us of course we will still riddle the roster with st talent
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motown, team still have to field a team of 53, you'd still need a kicker/punter, you'll just continue to lower the injuries on KO returns.
I kinda like this. Gives the Bears the perfect excuse to cut Hester and save some money. As a WR he is useless
He's our PR guy anyways so that doesn't really help at all; he'd actually be more usefull as this would create more punts.
Goodell recently discussed a proposal to eliminate kickoffs.
Do you think this will ever happen?
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Commissioner Roger Goodell recently discussed a proposal to eliminate kickoffs with Rich McKay, the head of the league's competition committee, Time magazine reported.
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Goodell and McKay discussed an idea brought up by Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano in which a team, instead of kicking off, would get the ball at its own 30-yard line in a fourth-and-15 situation. The team then would punt the ball away or, to replace an onside kick, could go for it and, if they failed to get a first down, the opposing squad would start with great field position.
"The fact is, it's a much different end of the play," Goodell said during the meeting, according to Time.
Schiano discussed his idea earlier in the season in an ESPN The Magazine story. Schiano, who was the coach at Rutgers in 2010 when Eric LeGrand was paralyzed on a kickoff, has seen first-hand how the play can adversely affect the safety of players.
LeGrand broke two vertebrae and suffered a serious spinal cord injury in October 2010 during a kickoff return against Army. He became an inspiration to his college teammates, eventually being able to stand upright with the help of a metal frame.
Schiano told ESPN The Magazine in September that he believed kickoffs would eventually be eliminated from pro football. "I believe that day will come. Unfortunately, it will probably take more players being seriously hurt. But I think there's another way to do this."
The NFL already has been working to make kickoffs safer.
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Last season, the NFL moved kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35 and required the coverage unit to start within 5 yards of the ball, closing the distance between the teams. Both rules had their desired effects. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 16.4 percent of kickoffs led to touchbacks in 2010; last year it was 43.5 percent. The NFL found that players suffered 40 percent fewer concussions on kickoffs in 2011, McKay told ESPN The Magazine.
"I see where they are coming from as far as trying to look for different ways to make the sport a little safer," Chicago Bears punter Adam Podlesh said Thursday. "Do I think that is going to make it safer or are kickoffs the worst part of the game right now? I would be skeptical on that right now, especially considering they moved it up to the 35-yard line and you see so many fewer returns now."You take a look at the touchback percentages now and that's gone up so much and they got rid of the three-man plus wedge and leaving it to a tandem of two guys that can only come together. Maybe doing something with that or even eliminating the two-man tandem might help a little more."Schiano's plan, however, would eliminate kickoffs altogether. Goodell admitted to Time magazine that the proposal is "an off-the-wall idea."
"It's different and makes you think differently. It did me," Goodell said.
Podlesh said such an approach, if enacted, would increase the value of punters."Every time you have a score you are basically going to have a punt now, so the amounts of plays a punter is in goes up, and therefore they are more valuable," he said. "Kickoff specialists would essentially be extinct now and field goal kickers would just be field goal kickers and I think that would lower the value to them, too. It would definitely stress have a punter that is very, very good and consistent considering you are going to have more punts."Information from ESPN The Magazine's Chris Jones, ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson and The Associated Press was used in this report.
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 12-06-2012 at 04:00 PM.
I hope not; but if they do it, I hope it's something along these lines.
Kickoffs to start and at 1/2.
After TD's either punt or try a 4th and 15 from your own 40.
Once we can eliminate running, passing and blocking, this will finally be a safe game.
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Don't forget the tackling! People get hurt when they get tackled, we better eliminate that as well!
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