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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    I liked CNS suggesting that it go back to KO at the 40 yd. line. The way it is under the new rule he would lose some strategies.

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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    Quote Originally Posted by CajunCrimson View Post
    Without kickoffs we donít beat Clemson in 2015
    Or lose to Ole Miss

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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    I think the new rule proposed will actually increase the number of returns just like how the clock rule changes in the mid-00s actually helped to increase the number of snaps and length of the game. These guys are idiots and don't think about knock-on effects at all.
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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    Well, the beginning has already happened this is more of a ongoing occurrence.


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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    I'm all for player safety, but good grief...

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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    Quote Originally Posted by crimsonaudio View Post
    I'm all for player safety, but good grief...
    Yep.

    How about just leave it like it is.

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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    Why don't they just eliminate the running headstart the kickoff team gets? And limit the type of formations the return team can setup? They have done everything but change the momentum of the players on kickoffs. Insert a few rules to just slow down the players. Doing this at least it will still be an integral part of the game.

    Kick from 40yd line
    No running head start for defenders
    All defenders must line up on line of scrimmage
    Limit kickers run up to ball to 5yds
    Touchbacks go back to 20yd line
    Fair catches are marked where made
    Make crackback blocks illegal

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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    I don't understand how this new fair catch rule is going to fix anything. You're not really eliminating most of the danger from kickoffs. The only player you protect here is the return man.

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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    Quote Originally Posted by JDCrimson View Post


    Touchbacks go back to 20yd line

    Make crackback blocks illegal

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    Touchbacks being placed at the 20 yard line would encourage returns.
    I think crackback blocks are already against the rules.

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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    I do tend to agree with kicking it from the 40 yard line if they're going to do this fair catch rule too because it clearly makes the default decision for the returner to be kneel in endzone or fair catch. You just can't expect to get a return on when the coverage team is five yards closer than they are now...which is already close enough for Alabama to employ the "just short of endzone" kick and coverage.
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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    Quote Originally Posted by rgw View Post
    I do tend to agree with kicking it from the 40 yard line if they're going to do this fair catch rule too because it clearly makes the default decision for the returner to be kneel in endzone or fair catch. You just can't expect to get a return on when the coverage team is five yards closer than they are now...which is already close enough for Alabama to employ the "just short of endzone" kick and coverage.
    Just keep in mind that this would result in more kickoffs intentionally kicked high and short. It is to the kicking team's advantage as it makes it easier to cover a kickoff and bring down the runner short of the 20.

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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    Quote Originally Posted by B1GTide View Post
    The reality - the only way to avoid kickoff injuries is to eliminate kickoffs. I hate it, but there it is.
    Like I said - I'm all for eliminating unnecessary injuries, but how many people get injured on kickoffs? I'm sure it happens, but I can't recall the last time I saw someone injured on a KO. Maybe addressing a problem that isn't?
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    Re: The beginning of the end of kickoffs.

    I don't really know why we have kickoffs still. It seems silly to play this game of "we want to keep kickoffs but also eliminate them as much as possible." Just make up your mind.

    I personally won't miss kickoffs when they are eventually gone. They are normally the most boring part of a game. Sure there are exceptions but those are relatively rare especially in the NFL where kickers legs are stronger.

    I would be interested to see the data on kickoff injuries though.

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