Earlier this year, Giants co-owner John Mara said that the NFL is evolving toward the elimination of the kickoff. Earlier today, he said he currently doesn’t support that outcome.
“I certainly have not made up my mind on whether to eliminate the kickoff. I want to see this year’s injury data and have some detailed discussions before we do anything,” Mara told USA Today. “It is certainly one of the more exciting plays in our game.”
Said Mara in in April: “We had a lot of discussions about whether we should eliminate it and if we did what we could do in its place. 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.”
Mara isn’t ready for a revolution. Yet.
“I would like to consider [and hear from the coaches] whether there are other ways to reduce the risk of injuries on the kickoff before we decide to eliminate it altogether,” Mara said. “If not and if the injury data is compelling, I would certainly consider voting to eliminate it.”
Mara’s team beat the Saints on Sunday, thanks in large part to 227 yards gained by rookie running back David Wilson via kickoffs returns.