by Ben Grimaldi
One of the things NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is trying to do is make the game safer for everyone. Concussions in particular have become one of the biggest issues regarding player safety and for good reason.
Thatís why news of Goodellís idea for removing kickoffs from the game is not surprising to anyone whoís paid attention because heís spoken on the subject many times before. However, this new idea maybe a little too far out there.
Sean Gregory, who was writing an article on Goodell for Time magazine, passed along the commissionerís plan to eliminate kickoffs. Per Gregory, one of the options being considered for replacing kickoffs entails giving the ball to the team that would have been kicking off at its own 30, automatically facing a fourth down and 15 yards to go. Teamís would have to make the decision to punt or go for it.
So essentially punts would replace kickoffs and instead of onsides kicks, teams would be forced to go for it in order to keep the ball late in games.
The purpose of eliminating kickoffs is to stop the violent collisions at high speeds, and in doing so, reducing the amount of concussions.
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