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News: FWST: Moving kickoff, touchback a touchy issue

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Posted Monday, Mar. 21, 2011
    By BARRY WILNER

    AP Pro Football Writer


    NEW ORLEANS — Kickoff returns are among football's most popular and exciting plays. The NFL's competition committee wants to make them safer.

    Committee chairman Rich McKay said Monday at the owners meetings that moving kickoffs up to the 35-yard line and bringing touchbacks out to the 25 have spurred "healthy discussions" among coaches and general managers. So much so that some alterations could be coming to proposed changes, which also include eliminating the blocking wedge and limiting coverage players from long run-ups.


     
  2. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    I don't like it. At all.
     
  3. rash

    rash Member

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    I'm not the biggest fan of it either; kickoffs were an exciting dimension and an important part of this game. Those extra 5 yards dramatically diminishes the threat of the return game on kickoffs. I'll be surprised to see more than 4 or 5 KR TDs all season.

    On the bright side, with Buehler booting his kickoffs through the uprights, our defense shouldn't be facing any short fields.
     
  4. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    It's back to the old rule several years ago. So it's not that big a deal to me.
     

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