National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell recently brought up the idea of eliminating kickoffs from NFL games as a safety measure.
The idea was proposed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, who had a player paralyzed during a kickoff while he was head coach at Rutgers in 2010.
It’s certainly an interesting topic, especially when you think about how the league could possibly replace kickoffs. According to TIME Magazine, instead of a kickoff after a touchdown or field goal, a team would get the ball on its own 30-yard line, where it would face a 4th-and-15 situation. From there, the team has the option to punt or to go for it to retain possession of the ball. If there is a turnover on downs on the play, the opposing team gets the ball with very good field position.
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was asked about the proposal to eliminate kickoffs, and said it’s certainly an interesting avenue for the league to explore.
“There’s a lot of differences of opinion of it,” Shanahan said today after practice. “We’ve had all different types of locations. We’ve have different rules. It seems like everything changes a little bit – a lot of times it’s for safety. This was for safety. We’ll see the stats at the end of the year. Everything usually is based on that.”
Shanahan said he prefers things as they currently are: with a kickoff after every touchdown or field goal from the kicking team’s own 35-yard line.
“I think it’s good right now,” Shanahan said. “I think you’ve still got the kickoffs in the game. I think it’s been positive – not as many injuries as a year ago, so I think it’s a big plus.”
Shanahan also joked that he had thought of an alternate plan to Schiano’s proposal.
“I think we’re just going to move it to the 50 and just kick it through the uprights — might as well count it for an extra three,” Shanahan said with a laugh. “I don’t know. These things are talked about all the time. It takes a lot of people to vote for it, but we’ll talk about it again.”
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