According to ProFootballTalk, the commish is considering a crazy idea to eliminate kickoffs in the NFL
Sean Gregory of TIME writes that one of the options being considered for replacing kickoffs entails giving the ball to the team that would have been kicking off at its own 30, automatically facing a fourth down and 15 yards to go. The team can then choose to punt or go for it, via fake punt or otherwise.
In other words, the kickoff would be replaced with the punt, and the onside kick would be replaced with a fourth-down conversion roughly half the distance of Ray Rice’s recent catch-and-run.
The idea would be to remove completely the high-speed, open-field collisions between large men who dip their heads instinctively at impact and place extra pressure on the C3-C4 area of the spine. While other injuries would be possible during the punt play that replaces the kickoff, the risk of catastrophic injury would be reduced.
The degeneration of football into a pussy sport continues! We should probably just eliminate tackling while we are at it. Maybe just not play defense. The counter argument will be that onside kicks are converted 26% of the time and that a 4th and 15 will be harder to convert. I don’t buy it though. The kickoff is one of the most exciting parts of the game. Creates highlight reel material. And is a staple in our game viewing experience.
If it ain’t broke. Don’t fix it.