The NFL has been accused in the past of trying to turn the game into flag football. Does it really want to now lend credence to that by getting rid of an exciting, but sometimes dangerous, part of the game?
Reports have been flying this week that the NFL's competition committee would look at the possibility of eliminating kickoffs in the name of player safety. In a recent Time magazine piece, commissioner Roger Goodell discussed a kickoff proposal with Rich McKay, the head of the committee, that would allow the kicking team the option of having a fourth-and-15 from its own 30-yard line rather than engaging in a kickoff play.
Are you kidding me? That's a ridiculous proposal.
Goodell saw firsthand this weekend the impact that kickoffs have on games. While at MetLife Stadium, the commissioner watched the Giants earn a team record 287 yards on kickoff returns -- including a game-changing touchdown early against the Saints.
With the game scoreless and New York driving, New Orleans re...