Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 12/8/12

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stands on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

In the offseason, the NFL's competition committee will consider eliminating kickoffs, an idea recently proposed by commissioner Roger Goodell in the name of player safety. Instead of a team kicking off, the ball would be placed at the 30-yard line and, facing a fourth-and-15 scenario, they'd be given the choice to go for it or punt.

The would-be concept has been met with much apprehension, as kickoffs have long been a staple of arguably America's favorite sport.

A handful of players and coaches have outwardly opposed the move, but none more so than Browns special teams dynamo Josh Cribbs, who didn't mince words when saying the game is becoming "straight entertainment and no sports."

"Then they need to change football leagues or call it a different league if they do that," Cribbs said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It’ll change (the game) drastically. I couldn’t ever see that . . . Only play offense and defense, just like intramurals. Play indoors and put flags in our pants.

"It’s getting to be too much of an entertainment business instead of a sport. I know it’s a sport and entertainment and there’s a lot of revenue involved, but it’s becoming straight entertainment and no sports. We won’t even be on NFL Network, we’ll be on MTV. Like that beer league on one movie. It’s be a made-up sport, wouldn’t even be a sport."

Since entering the league in 2005, Cribbs has totaled 11,777 yards kick-return yards, leading all other players. Having established himself as one of the most prolific returners in history, it's easy to see why Goodell's idea touches hits so close to home for Cribbs.

And he isn't the only Brown to feel this way. Kicker Phil Dawson doesn't think the NFL will be any safer if kickoffs are done away with.

"This doesn’t seem to address what they say is dangerous in the first place," Dawson said. "Punts are just as violent . . . There are not going to be any touchbacks. How many times have you seen a punt returner waiting for the ball and the gunner just kill him?"

Despite any outspoken critics -- and there will be plenty more between now and the offseason -- Goodell is expected to make a strong push for the proposal to take effect. We may have to accept the fact that the landscape of the NFL is changing.

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