NFL Could Eventually Eliminate Kickoffs?

Discussion in 'NFL General Discussion' started by SRW, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. SRW

    SRW Ex-World's Worst Site Admin Staff Member

    Last off-season, the NFL took the Competition Committee's recommendation and changed the kickoff point from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line. The change resulted in more touchbacks and fewer concussions without affecting the scoreboard. The success of last year's rule change could one day lead to the elimination of kickoffs altogether, New York Giants owner and Competition Committee member John Mara told Giants.com. "We had a lot of discussions about whether we should eliminate it and if we did what we could do in its place," Mara said of the Competition Committee meetings. "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. Nobody would go that far now, but we talk about different blocks that we can outlaw. The problem is that the concussions come from everywhere, from the wedge, from the crossing blocks where a guy goes from one side of the field to another, from a full speed collision between a return guy and a tackler. So there’s no one thing that you can do. It’s something that we’ll continue to watch as closely as possible."

    Source: Mac's Football Blog
  2. Buck Fenson

    Buck Fenson formerly Jake from State Farm

    just a matter of time before that happens.
  3. DontKnowMe

    DontKnowMe WE'RE NUMBER 1!!!

    Then don't call it football anymore
  4. Buck Fenson

    Buck Fenson formerly Jake from State Farm

    it is entertainment.
  5. SRW

    SRW Ex-World's Worst Site Admin Staff Member

    sports-entertainment?

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  6. TheDuke

    TheDuke Breast Man

    So when does it turn into 2 hand touch?
  7. Saintsfan1972

    Saintsfan1972 BREESUS SAVES

    right before it goes to flag
  8. Steve12

    Steve12 @oneearsteve

    Roger Goodell needs to die or become the victim of a huge scandal before this game is ruined beyond recognition.
  9. 86WARD

    86WARD NFL's Dirtiest Player Staff Member

    That would be severely "retarded" and I don't like using that word, but that's what it would be...eliminating one of the most important and most exciting parts of the game?!?

    I still have yet to see any study where it shows that all these concussions are coming from kickoffs...
  10. themush

    themush iDIOT sAVANT

    NFL will "eventually" make me stop watching too.....
  11. 86WARD

    86WARD NFL's Dirtiest Player Staff Member

    MLB is loving this story...lol.
  12. AtlantaBlazer

    AtlantaBlazer Knuckles The Echidna's Brother

    Rodger Goodell keeps finding ways to implode this league
  13. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    Do they know it's football, not chess?
  14. bossco

    bossco Rookie

    That is just insane. That's honestly one of the more exiting parts of the game.

    49ers n Lakers 4 life
  15. Tarkus

    Tarkus The Thread Stalker

    They can rod around with where to kick off from/eliminating wedges/etc. but they'll never get rid of kickoffs IMO.

    Fans would revolt & they know it...
  16. CaptainStubing

    CaptainStubing Gave her a Dirty Sanchez

    um, other than completely eliminating a crucial aspect of the game with kickoff returns, wouldn't we also lose the ability to have on-side kicks when teams are trying to come back?

    Teams would then have NO chance to make miraculous comebacks late in games ..............
  17. 86WARD

    86WARD NFL's Dirtiest Player Staff Member

    Nah...you could roll dice and if you get "snake eyes," you get the ball...or you could defer the roll and make the other team roll for you with the same results. Worst that could happen is a sprained wrist maybe...beats concussions.
  18. andy82

    andy82 Your Soul, It's Mine!

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  19. CaptainStubing

    CaptainStubing Gave her a Dirty Sanchez

  20. 86WARD

    86WARD NFL's Dirtiest Player Staff Member

    Just the thought of eliminating kickoffs is so dumb...possibly the dumbest thing ever spoken about in the world of the NFL...lol.

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