NFL moves kickoff line from 30-yard line to 35

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  1. Showtime100

    Showtime100 Got AJ?

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    ....and is met with harsh criticism from......everybody.

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    This could change how some roster spots are evaluated. I'm all for safety, but this is shooting the wrong fish in the barrel. JMO.
     
  2. rmartin65

    rmartin65 I'm Score

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    Returners just became a lot less valuable. Touchbacks will become very prevalent, making special teams fairly boring.
     
  3. disaacks3

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    Do they think it takes an NFL player 50 yds to 'get up to speed'?

    Prepare for touchback land...zzzzzzz
     
  4. CloakNNNdagger

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    I'm waiting for the league to figure out that the most effective way to decrease injuries by half is to make each quarter 7.5 minutes..........and have twice as much revenues come :kitten:through twice as many filler commercials........KaChing!!!
     
  5. Texan_Bill

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    WOW!!

    This is such BS!!! Anyone over 30 years old remembers when they used to kick-off from the 35. HS was the 40.... Some people *cough* BSPN *cough* take things way too seriously!!!

    Unbelievable!!! :gun:
     
  6. mattieuk

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    Booo! Even Chad Ochocinco could kick touchbacks from the 35!

    Boring!
     
  7. CloakNNNdagger

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    .......and they shortened the height of the tee to try to keep the ball on the ground and in play. Here's an interesting 1999 SI article about changing the touchback rules.
     
  8. gwallaia

    gwallaia Moderator Staff Member

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    This may encourage kickers to shorten the kicks some. Drop the ball around the 5 yd line and then when the 5 yard headstart, pin the other team inside the 20.
     


  9. texanhead08

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    Kickoffs were from the 35 for friggin 50yrs and noone knew the difference. The players are just bitching about this just to be bitching. If you are a badass you should be able to run it back no matter where they kick the ball.
     
  10. CloakNNNdagger

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    You want to make the return game more exciting?.........take the touch back to the 15 yd line.
     
  11. Joe Texan

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    Well it is better than vista isn't it. Maybe it will make the kicker more valuable
     
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    they should look into banning tackling...guys are getting hurt.
     
  13. Texan_Bill

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    That was a good read, Doc!! Thanks for sharing!
     
  14. eriadoc

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    This is a good change, and the thing that no one seems to be touching upon is how this ties into the overtime rules changes. I have been against the OT rules changes because it just continues down the path of runaway offense and catering to the offense. Not so much that the offense has to score more in OT now, but the acceptance that the offense should somehow be entitled to touch the ball, or that it should even matter. If the NFL truly wanted a sport where both sides of the ball were important, they'd maintain that balance. Instead, they've steadily let offenses creep ahead since the late '70s. The OT rule was just another step along that paradigm, IMO.

    However, this rule is a step back in the right direction. When we had the discussion about the new OT rules, this statistical analysis was linked, which had some interesting facts within. One of them:

    So basically, they're undoing the rule change which really necessitated the OT rule change. But we're still getting stuck with the OT rule change. The logical change to the OT problem would have been to roll back this kickoff position change of 1994, but instead they implemented the OT rule we now have. And now they've changed the kickoff position back to pre-1994 placement. Go figure.
     
  15. HoustonFrog

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    My guy Kerley from TCU might lose some stock since he is a really nice slot WR but also a top KR/PR. Sucks for him. I hate this. The return game is a big part of the game. Touchbacks will be plentiful now. As an ex-kicker I know most guys can get it to the endzone. 5 yards puts you deeper in and less likely to run out obviously. The only thing I can see teams maybe doing is employing the kicker to angle more towards the corner to force their hand. We did this in High School but they also didn't have rules that brought out so far so angling had no real penalty.
     
  16. eriadoc

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    Some of the best kick returners came before the 1994 rule that changed things - Eric Metcalf, Brian Mitchell (still holds a couple records, I believe), Mel Gray, Gale Sayers, and let's not forget our favorite of all time: Billy "White Shoes" Johnson.

    The return game will be fine. This is just a rule change putting things back to the way they were. I'm pretty sure if Devin Hester had been around before 1994, he still would have been awesome at returning kicks.
     
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    True but I also think kickers have bigger legs now..we are in a time of specialists where you have a guy that is accurate for FGs and a guy who can rip it through the end zone. Back then many kickers were still little guys who weren't working out and who were more FG specialists. I think it is a large difference.
     
  18. El Tejano

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    So does this rule do away with the two man wedge or something like that which was changed a few years back?
     
  19. eriadoc

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    Returners are no longer really just that 5th WR or CB that can't get on the field, either. They're faster, have greater access to fitness techniques and nutrition, and the philosophy of the team has changed to recognize that a returner is an integral part of the game plan. I think it's a wash.

    The wedge rule has a far greater impact on kick returns, IMO.
     
  20. disaacks3

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    Nope the TWO-man wedge is still allowed.
     

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