NFL’s new kickoff rule will either save it or kill it

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The NFL has a new kickoff rule. Whether the NFL will still have a kickoff remains to be seen.

After multiple attempts to make the so-called “most dangerous play in the game” less dangerous by using it less frequently, the NFL has made the play less dangerous by making it safer. Which is fine, but one question remains: How safe does the kickoff have to become in order to save it?

Packers CEO Mark Murphy recently explained that players are five times more likely to suffer a concussion on a kickoff than during a play from scrimmage. So what does the new ratio have to be? Saints coach and Competition Committee member Sean Payton didn’t have a specific response when asked that question during a recent visit to PFT; the goal for now is to simply make the play safer.

Still, someone surely has an idea as to how safe it will have to be. If the revamped kickoff doesn’t address the broader goal of reducing the overall physical risks associated with the play, the play will not survive.

And at a time when football fans should be far more concerned about the impact of the rule regarding the lowering of the helmet when initiating contact on the sport as we know it, the potential elimination of the kickoff could be the thing that does far more to alienate fans than players taking a knee during the national anthem.

8 responses to “NFL’s new kickoff rule will either save it or kill it

  1. It is pretty simple (sarcasm…). If there were fewer touchdowns there would be fewer kickoffs. So in the interest of player safety let the DBs play actual defense, cut down on the number of PI calls that often result in gains of 40+ yards. Make PI a 15 yard penalty / automatic first down.

    As things stand now, I am surprised that coaches don’t just call 3 downs of long bomb passes. At least one of these will be called for PI and now you are in the red zone.

  2. Lets just put pretty Yellow and Pink Flags on the players.
    or give the Ball at the 25 yard line, after scores, beginning of games, and half time.
    Mothers have been trying to keep sons from playing Football forever.. Today’s Feminized
    Society has finally reached into the last male vestige of sports.

  3. Oh PLEASE, we all know it’s an artificially-induced death followed by a “well, we tried…”

  4. This fan of the world-champion Philadelphia Eagles is not worried about changes to the kickoff rules, as Dave crazy eyes Fipp always provides us with top-5 special teams units, and Jake Elliot can just kick touchbacks most of the time.

  5. NFL’s new kickoff rule will either save it or kill it

    Considering those are the only two options, that’s pretty obvious. That’s like saying it will either rain today or it won’t.

  6. Jeezzzus – enough with the politically correct neutering of this once great sport

    Can we return to REAL FOOTBALL please……

    Real football is a dangerous sport – other sports are also dangerous like boxing or mma. If you don’t want to take the risk of serious injury then don’t pursue becoming a football player and don’t try to make a career out of it. If you choose to do so there are possible consequences to your health.

  7. thats it im done…at least the nba playoffs have been pretty physical…looks like the warriors are going to choke with their sll star team as well but hey at least they r bangin bodies and not backin down from the mighty rockets

  8. thats it im done…at least the nba playoffs have been pretty physical…looks like the warriors are going to choke with their sll star team as well but hey at least they r bangin bodies and not backin down from the mighty rockets
    =========================================
    Haha you actually believe in the integrity of the NBA. That game was given to the Rockets in order to extend the series so the NBA can make more money. More games more money. Wake up people.

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