Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 12/9/12

It's no secret that the NFL is attempting to limit high speed collisions, especially as they pertain to kickoffs. Sean Gregory of TIME Magazine indicates in this week's cover story that Goodell is floating the idea that instead of kickoffs, the kicking team would be given the ball at their own 30 yard line with a 4th and 15 situation. Essentially, this is in an effort to give the "kicking" team a way to retain possession as the onside kick currently does. I'm not sure whether to call this blasphemy or innovation. The onside kick, ironically, is one of the few things keeping kickoffs in the game. By giving the "kicking" team the ball with a 4th and 15 situation, the onside kick would become obsolete. Unlike most ideas to eliminate the kickoff, I'm willing to play the wait and see game with this proposal. The one major criticism that I have is that it should be more like 4th and 20, making it more difficult to go for the first down. The innovation would also make end of the game scenarios far more interesting than the onside kick ever did. Don't look for the kickoff to vanish in the next year, but this could be a viable replacement to the kickoff, and I'm willing to consider it seriously. [follow]

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