go to MSN.com
Found December 06, 2012 on This Given Sunday:
PLAYERS: Roger Goodell

Via This Given Sunday:

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 NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is floating the idea that instead of kickoffs, the kicking team would be given the ball at its own 30 yard line with a 4th and 15 situation.

Essentially, this is 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.

14 Comments:
  • In response to Roger Goodell no kick off change. Let us all remember--Football is a TACKLE GAME and when the officials enforce this RULE we will not have the injuries as body slamming on the blind side, clipping, head butting and etc. The NFL somehow has gotten off track here and these infractions MUST STOP You do not need rule nor game changes. Lets go back to a tackle game as it was intended from the beginning.
  • Seriously?

    Everyone is and should be concerned about the safety of the players but this proposal is absurd. Removing the kick off would drastically change the dynamics of the game and forever alter special teams and for that matter an element of excitement to this sport we love.

    Do not change this aspect of the game-

    Seriously!
  • Roger-your proctologist called. They found your head.
    Seriously! This is not the game called "Goodell". It is called "football". If he keeps going this way, the sport will eventually become a game of catch between two people. How exciting is that? How many millions will be made off of that?
    Fire Goodell before he ruins the sport any more!
  • Come on dude. Are you really this gullible? This is the press MAKING news. There will be no such change.

    BTW, don't forget to leave cookies and milk out on Christmas Eve.
  • pearlnecklace : I could not agree with you any more. It is past time for the self named God to go. If left in place any longer he will totally ruin this game.










  • Folks, we are headed for flag football in the NFL.
  • Lets just put little flags on there side and play flag football. Come on this is the gridiron were men knock the **** out of each other. They know what could happen to them when the step foot on the field its like NASCAR drivers know the could get killed driveing 200 MPH. Make changes to the helments and other eqepment not the game.
  • Football is a contact sport and I'm all for safety, but if we keep changing the game we might as well watch flag football. Enforce existing rules don't create new ones to make the games slower and boring. If these players were concerned about contact they would have taken up a differt sport...or perhaps knitting.
  • if kickoffs are eliminated...the punt is the only kick in football? the upside is that soccer will become football and american football can become handball...oh wait, there is already another game with that name...
  • Who does he think he is? Bill France ruined Nascar with all the rules and regulations, now football is going by the wasteside. Safety is one thing but lets face it, most of the injuries are not on the kickoff. I've been a fan for over 60 years and hate to see a got game go bad because of some harebrained official..............
  • With all the changes recently it's not football anymore. It's patty cake ball. I realize something must be done to decrease the number of concussive injuries but the appeal of the game is the aggression and ferocity of play. In truth I much prefer the college game.
  • sounds like king roger will get his wish to protect everyone from injury, because if he keeps "whimping" up the game there will be no fans left and the game will go belly-up. lets be real folks. all these players know or should know the inherant risks of the game and the possibility of injury or death. just as firefighters, soldiers, cops and others with dangerous careers. whose going to soften up the risks for those folks? nobody! sad as it is, when injury or death occur, not one of these proffessionals is unaware of the risks. if you
    don't want the risk don't take the job. fairly simple if you ask me.
  • Hey Goodell, remember when you would not give the referee's their money, was it not the fans who pushed your decision to bring them back? If you take away something apart of America's favorite game that has been A PART of this GAME since it got started what do you think will happen? Goodell you are a pansy, you my friend have no right to change the wonderful game of football, but I'm not worried because like the ref lockout that rule would not last or probably even become a rule at all because simply the FANS will overthrow you buddy. You need to realize its not what all you high and mighty executives that run the NFL want. ITS WHAT THE FANS WANT!
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Roger Goodell Used to Turn in Misbehaving Teammates During High School

Apparently the NFL commissioner has given importance to personal conduct policies his entire life. This week’s Time magazine features a picture of Roger Goodell on the cover, promoting a cover story on the commissioner that details his life and his supposed commitment to making the NFL safer for players. Throughout his tenure as commissioner, Goodell has done much to cultivate...

Goodell: NFL would help fund stadium

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is willing to contribute funding to help build a stadium in Oakland to keep the Raiders in town. Goodell spoke Thursday night after a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He says having a more modern stadium is crucial because that is the stage on which the league presents its games. He says the...

Roger Goodell shares Schiano’s idea on replacing the kickoff

The hot topic regarding past and present players has been concussions in football. Other injuries have been on the minds of many as well like spine injuries. Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL have taken steps to increase the safety of players and his current idea shouldn’t come as a surprise.  In a TIME cover story via Pro Football Zone, Roger Goodell shared his idea...

Roger Goodell talks odd rule change in the NFL

As the NFL continues to look for ways to make the game safer, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in an interview with TIME Magazine discussed an idea of once again changing the rules for kickoffs, essentially eliminating them all together. “TIME sat in on meeting between Goodell and Rich McKay, head of the NFL’s powerful competition [...]

Roger Goodell and the NFL Could Eliminate Kickoffs

If you're looking for a more watered-down version of the NFL, you'll be happy to learn this news.

Roger Goodell Considers Eliminating Kickoffs: Terrible Idea, Commish

Fox Sports reports that representatives from TIME Magazine recently attended a meeting between Commissioner Goodell and head of the NFL's Competition Committee, Rich McKay. One of the issues discussed was the danger of kickoff returns.Apparently, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Coach Greg Schiano has proposed the idea of eliminating the kickoff to reduce the possibility of injuries during...

Roger Goodell Interested in Possibly Replacing Kickoffs With Fourth Down Opportunities

When the NFL decided to move kickoffs from 30 to the 35-yard line two years ago, many feared the death of the kickoff was near. And now, they may not be far off. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell discussed the possible rule change in an interview with Time Magazine set to hit newsstands on Dec. 17, according to Pro Football Talk. The issue entitled is “The Enforcer” and also features...

Roger Goodell Considers Eliminating Kickoffs: Terrible Idea

Fox Sports reports that representatives from TIME Magazine recently attended a meeting between Commissioner Goodell and head of the NFL's Competition Committee, Rich McKay. One of the issues discussed was the danger of kickoff returns.Apparently, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Coach Greg Schiano has proposed the idea of eliminating the kickoff to reduce the possibility of injuries during...

Walsh thinks new kickoff idea is ‘stupid’

Rookie kicker Blair Walsh has some strong opinions about Roger Goodell’s consideration of a proposal to eliminate kickoffs.

Eliminating Kickoffs: You Have Gotta Be Kidding Me

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie head coach Greg Schiano continues to have his presence felt around the league and his name in the headlines. First, Schiano was caught up in a “controversy” over how he decided to play defense against the victory formation. Second, Schiano’s name has been in the news because of how well Tampa Bay has done this season and because of his possible nomination...

NFL’s Strongest and Weakest Divisions Week 14 With Diatribe

As I prepare to write this article on the NFL’s Strongest and Weakest Divisions, I feel that I should discuss the events that befell the Kansas City Chiefs organization.  Any time a domestic situation turns to violence I feel extremely bad for the families of all who were directly affected by this terrible situation and mostly I feel horrible for the young child who has been left...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Mariners prospect goes after scout over ice cream treat taunt

Remember Jesus Montero, the former Yankees prospect that was dealt for Michael Pineda a couple of offseasons ago? Well, he’s back in the news, and it’s not because he’s playing well. Via MiLB.com… Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford...
Via The Outside Corner
3 hours ago

Revis makes 'Space Jam' reference about playing the Jets

Darrelle Revis would play a collection of aliens with the ability to steal All-Pro talent if that team was on the New England Patriots’ schedule this year. The Patriots cornerback referenced “Space Jam” when asked about playing against his former team, the New York Jets, in 2014. Revis returned to MetLife Stadium, home of the Jets, on Thursday night, but didn’t play in the...
Via NESN.com
11 hours ago

Bob Arum: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao coming in 2015

I am not going to fall for the banana in the tailpipe. This has been going on for five years now and until I see Mayweather and Pacquiao in the ring I simply won’t believe it is happening. With that being said it is my job to report, so here is what Bob Arum is saying about a potential Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight in 2015 via SFGate.com. Boxing promoter Bob Arum told The San Francisco...
Via BlackSportsOnline
16 hours ago

Kenny Hill sets A&M record in upset win over South Carolina

Move over Johnny Manziel, Kenny Football has arrived. In the first SEC game of the 2014 college football season, Texas A&M has a new star quarterback, and his name is Kenny Hill. The No. 21 ranked Aggies were alive early and often against No. 9 South Carolina, in South Carolina, as they came away with a […]
Via Full Scale Sports
13 hours ago

Logan Mankins: 'It's a sad day not to be with' Patriots

Logan Mankins is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now, but all the guard has ever known is the “Patriot Way.” On Thursday, the Bucs held a press conference for Mankins, who was traded from New England to Tampa Bay on Tuesday, and ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas wrote that he sounded like “a man still in shock.” “It’s a sad day not to be with those guys,” Mankins said. “But...
Via NESN.com
14 hours ago

Josh Shaw asked USC to make change to fabricated hero story

How caught up was Josh Shaw in his own lie? He even called USC officials to make a correction to the fabricated story posted on their website that portrayed him as a hero. Newsweek published a story Thursday that includes some of the details of how Shaw managed to fool USC officials about how he […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 hours ago

Jake 'The Snake' Roberts has double pneumonia, hospitalized

WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts has reportedly been hospitalized after collapsing on a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas. The wrestler was taken to a Las Vegas hospital upon landing, where he has been in and out of consciousness and since been diagnosed with double pneumonia, according to TMZ Sports. Raj Giri of WrestlingInc.com adds that doctors also found fluid...
Via NESN.com
15 hours ago

Gonzalez on retirement: 'I don't even want to play anymore’

The cleats that Tony Gonzalez hung up are remaining right where they are. On Thursday, Gonzalez reiterated to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin that he's not interested in returning to the NFL. https://twitter.com/BenVolin/status/505029925209124864 https://twitter.com/BenVolin/statuses/505031071353036800 Not a whole lot has changed since Aug. 19, when Gonzalez insisted that...
Via Helmet2Helmet
18 hours ago

Report: Kobe studying Paul Pierce to help adjust his game

Kobe Bryant, like the great athletes before him, study and adapt their games to put them in the best position to be successful. Bryant is now 36, and will likely never have the springs that he once had.  In order to make himself as productive as he can be, Bryant is stealing a page from Michael Jordan, and evolving his game. According to James Herbert of Eye on Basketball, Bryant...
Via Thacover2
18 hours ago

Tony Stewart to race on Sunday for first time since fatal crash

Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart will return to racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After skipping three consecutive races, Stewart will be back behind the wheel of his No. 14 car, competing in his first race since being involved in the on-track collision that killed Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York on Aug. 9. “Tony Stewart...
Via NESN.com
18 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.