NFL – And one of the more prevalent talking points lately has centered on the dangers of kickoffs. Prior to the 2011 season, kickoffs were moved up to the 35-yard-line, drastically decreasing the number of returns attempted. If at least one NFL coach has his way, the league won’t stop there. According to TIME, Goodell recently discussed with Rick McKay, Falcons president and head of the NFL’s competition committee, a radical rule change proposed by Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano. Instead of a kickoff, the team that scored would then take the ball on its own 30-yard line in, essentially, a 4th-and-15 situation. In other words, they could attempt to keep their offense on the field and try to pick up 15 yards, at the risk of turning the ball over on downs; or they could punt. “I don’t do things for public relations,” Goodell said. “I do things because they’re the right thing to do, because I love the game.”
Huh? Come again? Even I confused myself with that headline. So the team that scores gets the ball back? Like a make-it take-it in 3 on 3 hoops type deal? And they have a shot to keep the ball if they can convert a 4th and 15? What the fuck? Listen I’m not one of those football purists by any means. I don’t care that the league has turned into a passing league where you can’t touch the QB and the first team to 40 wins. The more fantasy stats the better. Running and defense are boring as shit. Having said that I’d prefer if the NFL didn’t completely morph into the XFL or fuckin Arena league with like field goal posts in the middle of the field and walls lining the sidelines and shit. All these wacky rules and zany hijinx all over the place. It’s the fucking kickoff. As American as apple pie. Leave it.