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Old 04-16-2012, 06:50 PM
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Default NFL To Eliminate Kickoffs?

he ongoing crusade to improve player safety in the NFL could soon Tlead to a radical change in NFL rules: the elimination of the kickoff.
According to Giants owner (and NFL Competition Committee member) John Mara, there has been a lot of talk within high-level NFL circles about eliminating the kickoff. "“We had a lot of discussions about whether we should eliminate it" and if we did what we could do in its place,” Mara told Giants.com. “There’s no consensus on it right now, but I could see the day in the future where that play could be taken out of the game. You see it evolving toward that.”

The league drastically reduced the importance of kickoffs last season by moving them up from the 30-yard-line to the 35. This led to a ton of touchbacks and a record-low 53.1% of kickoffs being returned. (Frankly, I’m surprised that figure was that high. It seemed like every kick was a touchback last year.)

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Old 04-16-2012, 07:09 PM
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Why not just have them sit on the 50 yard line and play tiddlywinks.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:26 PM
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Bogus, i liked how it was before they moved up kickoffs.

You can get injured in so many ways in football anyways and it was stupid to take away the entertainment from kick returns in the first place.

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Old 04-16-2012, 08:25 PM
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I don't ever see it happening. I am all for player safety, but this is just not feasible. Plus, it would take away onside kicks. How could they replace an onside kick?
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:25 PM
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XFL had players run to the 50 yard line to get the ball.

One reason why they were one and done[one year].
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If they ever do away with kickoffs, puntin will be next. I just don't see them doing away with it.
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I really don't see any of this nonsense actually happening. That would be taking away one of the most fundemental, unique, and exciting aspects of the game altogether.

It is called "football" after all.
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Onside kickoffs are critical in games. I don't see the NFL eliminating them.
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XFL had players run to the 50 yard line to get the ball.

One reason why they were one and done[one year].
100 yard dodgeball field?
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Instead of a kickoff, have a quiz where players on the receiving team answer trivia questions. The drive starts at the ten yard line if they do poorly, and at the fifty if they do really well, or somewhere in between.
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100 yard dodgeball field?

And use wrenches instead of balls. Cause 'if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.' - Patches

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Oh this is a bad idea. Can you imagine what the result of eliminating kickoffs would be? Every drive automatically starts on the 20 yard line, that's what!
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It's a little late for an April Fool's joke, right?
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The writing is on the wall, and it is in BOLD INK. Kickoffs will be legislated out of the NFL within the next decade.
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I really don't see any of this nonsense actually happening. That would be taking away one of the most fundemental, unique, and exciting aspects of the game altogether.

It is called "football" after all.
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Onside kickoffs are critical in games. I don't see the NFL eliminating them.
Tell that to Goodell

If he continues as commissioner for much longer, tackling and rough physical contact will be banned from the league altogether.
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Tell that to Goodell

If he continues as commissioner for much longer, tackling and rough physical contact will be banned from the league altogether.
He must have been in the band, or a cheer leader, when he was in school.
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Bogus, i liked how it was before they moved up kickoffs.

You can get injured in so many ways in football anyways and it was stupid to take away the entertainment from kick returns in the first place.

No Fun League once again.
I am all for entertainment and player safety.

However in regards to kick returns, if they removed them entirely I could care less. When you look at it, maybe 2% of all kickoffs are exciting. (and that's before the new kickoff rule where 50% of kicks are out the back of the endzone)

If I'm watching at home and I'm too lazy to use the pause button, the point after and ensuing kickoff is the perfect time to step outside for a smoke, use the washroom, grab another beer.

I'd be happy with removing all kickoffs that are deeper than 25 yards. I could care less.
25 yards maximum to allow on-side kicks, boot it past 25 yards = kick off out of bounds, ball placed on the 40.
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I was thinking maybe they could keep the kicker back at the normal start line, but then have the coverage team start 10 or 15 yards ahead, but then how would you do onside kicks?

Also, it might not matter much for the guys on the outside because they can still get to full speed by the time they get down there.

I will say that, as not fun as it sounds, they have to do something because, with how fast and strong players are these days, someone will get killed.

I used to even hate it in high school because I was one of two return men and running up to block players running full speed from the other side of the field, and these were only high school kids, definitely rattled my brain.

I used to think it was just because my body was still growing and I was only 15 getting hit by big juniors and seniors, but this makes me feel a little bit less like a girl.
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I really don't see any of this nonsense actually happening. That would be taking away one of the most fundemental, unique, and exciting aspects of the game altogether.

It is called "football" after all.
That is what I was thinking.....They would almost have to change the name! To what? Throwball?
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Bogus, i liked how it was before they moved up kickoffs.

You can get injured in so many ways in football anyways and it was stupid to take away the entertainment from kick returns in the first place.

No Fun League once again.
I have to agree here.
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