Man on the Edge: Eliminate Kick Offs?
Ever since football was football, there's been a kickoff at the start of the game, and after each touchdown. It's tradition, it's legacy, but it might soon be history if the Commissioner of the NFL has his way. Kickoffs could be kicked out of the game.
It won't happen this year, but it might during the off-season. Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, is talking about dumping kickoffs for safety reasons. Onside kicks, too. Instead of the kickoff, teams would simply start possession at their 30-yard line, in a 4th and 15 situation. They could then punt, or go for it. This idea follows a change in play where the kickoff moved from the 30 to the 35 yard line to cut down on violent collisions.
And the issue here is: safety. Kickoffs are the one time where both groups of players are moving full steam at each other, and that has caused countless injuries: from concussions to paralysis. In fact, this year at the high school level, CMS has a new concussion awareness program. But in the NFL, the hits are harder, and do more damage.
But doing away with kickoffs, is a serious change to the game, that even the Commissioner calls an "off the wall idea". But our Man on the Edge isn't afraid to tackle tough topics. He hit the streets to see what fans would think about getting rid of kickoffs.