Oct. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely against the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Another day, another stupid idea by the NFL. The NFL is considering an idea to remove kickoffs alltogether. Now, the thought has been floated around for awhile now, however this idea takes the cake. The idea, formulated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, is to remove the kickoff after scoring plays. Then the scoring team will have the choice of taking the ball at their own 30 and going for it on a 4th and 15 or punting back to the other team. What?
There have been a lot of stupid ideas that have been floated around, including even some that were implemented in the past. This one though is just beyond comprehensible. If this is implemented it could have some interesting consequences.
First of all, for really great offensive teams that like to go for it alot, this could be used as a tool to never give the ball over to the other team. Say, like the New England Patriots. They score a touchdown, decide to take the ball on a 4th and 15 from their own 30. With an offense like theirs, they probably could pull it off more often than not.
Then there is the team two or more scores behind. With the elimination of the onside kick, this would automatically give the trailing team the ball. Sure, they’d have 4th and 15 from their own 30, however it gives them the ball without a fight. I don’t agree with this.
This is a stupid idea that hopefully NFL commissioner Roger Goodell shoots down rather quickly.