Some owners may tell coaches to kick it deep

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As the NFL hopes to reduce kickoff returns by enticing teams to take a knee and opt under the new rule for the 25 instead of the 20, the league has to worry about teams deliberately kicking short of the end zone and trying to make the tackle inside the 25. Some teams may address that concern by telling owners to kick away.

“Well, I think you certainly have that conversation, there’s no question,” Cowboys executive V.P Stephen Jones told PFT Live on Wednesday in response to whether he’ll tell coach Jason Garrett to kick deep. “There’s a lot of consequences, I know the Rams tried to kick it short on us the other night and Lucky Whitehead went to the house. Those things are the risk that you take when you try to do the mortar kick there into the corner, there’s a chance it goes out of bounds. Sometimes if you ask these defensive coordinators starting there at the 20 yard line, having the offense start there, knowing you haven’t given up anything is not such a bad thing. It’ll be interesting to see where that goes this year.”

The adjustment to the touchback was passed on an experimental basis, requiring 24 affirmative votes again in 2017 to continue it. If the touchbacks increase instead of decrease, there’s little or no chance of the rule staying in place.

14 responses to “Some owners may tell coaches to kick it deep

  1. I’ve never been *that* guy, but it’s really starting to feel like this is becoming the CFL. Too many gimmicky changes. The extra point and now this again.
    Hands off at once.

  2. I’m going to guess that the league will not bother to watch injuries occurring on kickoffs to see if they increase or decrease with the change in the new rule.

    If there is an increase in returns but injuries drop or stay the same… the league should leave kickoffs alone.

  3. I thought they wanted the touchbacks to increase. The last sentence in this post doesn’t make sense to me.

  4. Show me owners that try to tell a HC what to do on the field, and a coach that will take it, and I’ll show you a losing team. Classic recipe for failure. Maybe the Bush’s could diagram plays for Garrett like Nixon used to do,

  5. I don’t know about other fans but I wish the NFL would just get rid of kickoffs.
    I’m really tired of touch backs and no return game besides that’s what they really want to do.
    With ticket prices, Deflategate, Spygate, and the rule changes over the last several years it just really isn’t a product I want to buy anymore.

  6. tedmurph says:
    Aug 17, 2016 6:14 PM

    Show me owners that try to tell a HC what to do on the field, and a coach that will take it, and I’ll show you a losing team.
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    Lol. Why do you think they used Jason Garrett as an example?

  7. The kickoff return used to be one of the most exciting plays in the game. Now, they just keep watering it down. If you’re going to keep trying to eliminate returns, why not just eliminate returns and start drives on the 20?

  8. tedmurph says:
    Aug 17, 2016 6:14 PM

    Show me owners that try to tell a HC what to do on the field, and a coach that will take it, and I’ll show you a losing team. Classic recipe for failure.
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    That’s right. Good example: can you imagine Kraft telling BB how to coach? Heh heh

  9. During week 1 of the preseason, not one player was hurt during a kickoff. The leagues position that kickoffs are more dangerous than any other play is not supported by facts.

  10. If the Rams tried kicking it short as Jones suggests, then Whitehead must have let the ball bounce a few times in order to end up with a 101 yard return.

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