Found December 11, 2012 on CJ Sports NFL Talk:
PLAYERS: Roger Goodell
NFL Playoffs – Punt (Photo credit: ron.diel) Let’s fast forward to next year’s NFL season.  Imagine that it is December 15, 2013, it is week 15 and it is your team versus a division rival and this game implicates who goes to the playoffs.  Now the opposing team has just scored a touchdown and your team is down by six points with less than five seconds to go in the game.  Now in the new rule that Commissioner Roger Goodell has enforced for the 2013 season, your opponent now has the opportunity to go for it on 4th and 15 or punt the ball to you with less than five seconds left.  What a crappy situation to be in this late in the game and have no control because of the new rule change. Now in the first scenario:  the opposing team could go for it on 4th to and 15, which would be easier than getting an onside kick and then be able to do one kneel down and the game be over. Now in the second scenario:  now see this scenario is the area that scares me about this whole new rule change.  As the punt returner stands back at his 5 or 10 yard line and waits for the rivals punt that seems to hang in the air for a lifetime, while the offense has the opportunity to put themselves in a position to plow the returner over as soon as he catches the ball, it makes you wonder how this is safer in kickoffs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) See I guess I’m just confused on how a punt return is so much safer than a kickoff return.  In a kickoff, the ball is kicked straight to the kick returner, it doesn’t just hang in the air.   So at worst-case scenario either the kicker kicks the ball through the end zone or the ball is kicked directly to the kick returner and he has the opportunity to run the ball back.   Now Roger Goodell wants to eliminate the kickoff, but in a punt you have the same scenario with two teams colliding into each other.  The difference is that a punt returner is on a suicide mission.    Not Roger Goodell or anybody in the NFL can convince me that having a ball that has a hang time of 5 to 6 seconds versus a kickoff that the ball is kicked directly to the kick returner is safer.   To be quite frank and honest, if any of them are expecting me to believe that, they must think I’m a real idiot!That is why I ask, if you eliminate the kickoff then wouldn’t you have to eliminate the punt? In a league that pretty much prevents you from being able to touch the quarterback in any shape, way or form without catching a fine suspension or penalty, in a league that makes you pretty much let a receiver catch the ball and get a couple yards before the defender is allowed to touch them without catching a suspension, fine or penalty and in a league that Goodell wants to eliminate kickoffs, at this point really has no other choice than to become a flag football league. I understand we are in a league that is trying to do everything they can to put safety first.  At the same time they’ve taken so much integrity out of the game that it is no longer the NFL that all of us have grown to love and have supported throughout all the years.   If the NFL does not be cautious about all the dictation they are doing and all of the traditions they are taking out of the NFL, fans will turn to other football leagues and become fans of them instead of the NFL.
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