NFL will consider fourth-and-15 play as onside kick alternative

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The NFL will again look at an alternative to the onside kick at this year’s league meeting.

In a proposal put forward by the Eagles, the league will consider allowing teams that would otherwise kick off to instead line up at their own 25-yard line with a fourth-and-15 play. If the offense gains 15 yards or more, that team keeps the ball.

The rules changes restricting the kicking team from running starts on kickoffs have made kickoffs safer by reducing the high-speed impacts. But they’ve also made onside kicks incredibly hard to recover. Allowing an alternative to the onside kick is one way of making games more exciting, by giving a trailing team a better chance of coming back.

It’s unclear how much support the proposal will have. A fourth-and-15 alternative has been discussed for years but hasn’t gained much traction in the NFL in the past.

15 responses to “NFL will consider fourth-and-15 play as onside kick alternative

  1. Reinventing the wheel.

    How about letting teams line up like they USED to in the last 5 minutes of each half. If they don’t recover, the team gets the ball where it was kicked from. So they would HAVE to onside kick it. There would be NO collisions.

    Simple. Done.

  2. jjfootball says:
    March 10, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    Leave the game alone, and get rid of the competition committee!
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    Completely Agree 100%

  3. Sweet! Can’t wait to see the DPI on these plays to allow bad teams to come back at the end…smh…

  4. No no no. First off, it’s far too easy of a play. Teams make down-and-15 plays all the time. Not difficult enough.

    Second, it would heavily favor teams that emphasize passing. Onside kicks level the playing field. Why should a run-first team be in a tougher spot than a pass-first team?

    Third, this seems to be part of a general trend toward giving teams more chances to not lose. It’s like arguing for both teams to always get the ball in overtime. Overtime and situations where onside kicks are used should be difficult, dangerous, and even unfair.

    If you can’t get it done by scoring more points in regulation, you shouldn’t get a normal path to winning. It should be a stretch, an extraordinary challenge. Like the hail-mary pass. Something unlikely that produces an exciting outcome, and does so rarely enough to make it mean something when it happens.

  5. Not a fan of this idea. Not a fan of the XFL kickoff rules either. Not sure I know what to do? I would love to know how effective the current system is regarding less numbers of serious injuries compared to old system? If significant, then no going back. If not, I would return to old system.

  6. Ewwin Wawgers of the Green Bay Cheese Cheaters will love this – he will be guaranteed a complete fourth down action by forcing the defensive team to have a pre-snap penalty. No one actively cheats on the field like Ewwin – he can’t run a real offense so he games the system with free plays – the HISTORIC leader in this unsportsmanlike action!

  7. why all the way back at the 25 tho? If an onside kick fails the other team gets the ball just past midfield.

  8. Remember when both the NFL and sports media predicted that moving the extra point back would have very little effect on the % of extra points made?

    They were wrong about that, and they’re wrong about this if they think 4th and 15 would only give teams a marginal chance of keeping the ball. DPI alone will bump it up way past the percentage of successful onside kicks.

  9. My feelings about this can be compared to what Goose Gossage feels about today’s MLB.

  10. How about 4th and goal from your own 40 yard line. If you make a TD in one play, you get it. If not, the other team gets the ball on your 40 yard line.

  11. Ewwin Wawgers of the Green Bay Cheese Cheaters will love this – he will be guaranteed a complete fourth down action by forcing the defensive team to have a pre-snap penalty. No one actively cheats on the field like Ewwin
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    Wow, feel like reading that just lowered my IQ a few points.

    How exactly does he force it to happen though? Is he a Jedi? Is he one of those magic-hypnosis guys that makes people cluck like a chicken when they hear the word spaghetti? Just wondering. It wouldn’t be something as simple and effective as a hard count, because that’s not cheating at all.

  12. I see one wrote so we can see a bad team come back because of a DPI, I can’t disagree more. I saw we will get to watch the good teams win because of a DPI

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