By now, you probably have seen the previous post on how NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has floated the idea of scrapping kickoffs. That’s an idea Goodell said came from Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano. When Schiano was coaching at Rutgers in 2010, one of his players, Eric LeGrand, was paralyzed on a kickoff and that had a deep impact on the coach.
There has been a lot of talk about player safety in recent years and that’s why this idea has even come to light. In this scenario, all kickoffs would be eliminated. The new plan would be to give a team that previously was in a kickoff situation the ball at its own 30-yard line and face a fourth-and-15 situation. The team could punt or go for it. Obviously, a team that went for it and failed would be giving an opponent excellent field position.
I kind of like the idea since there are so many touchbacks these days and I also think player safety is extremely important. But I also think a change of this magnitude would create all sorts of challenges and may not be feasible.
Let’s hear your thoughts on the matter. Cast your vote on whether the NFL should do away with kickoffs in the accompanying SportsNation poll and share your reasoning in the comments section below.