When the NFL changed the line of scrimmage for kickoffs to increase touchbacks, New England Patriots
coach Bill Belichick
derisively said that it was only a matter of time before the NFL eliminated kickoffs entirely. He believed that's what the NFL wanted to do.
Belichick might wind up being proven right.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he's taken it under consideration to remove the kickoff entirely.
"It's an off-the-wall idea. It's different and makes you think differently. It did me," Goodell told TIME in a cover story for the Dec. 17 issue. '
Even more intriguing is an alternative concept
promoted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
coach Greg Schiano
. Goodell met with the NFL competition committee chairman about the concept.
"After a touchdown or field goal, instead of kicking off, a team would get the ball on its own 30-yard line, where it's fourth and 15," TIME's Sean Gregory writes. "The options are either to go for it and try to retain possession or punt. If you go for it and fall short, of course, the opposing team would take over with good field position. In essence, a punt replaces the kickoffs.
Why not? The CFL doesnt have Kickoffs and the Arena league doesnt have kickoffs. Kickoffs are as dumb like in Basketball with free throws. And Eliminate the coin toss too. How you decide who gets ball first? Put 5 players on each side of field on the 25 yard line place ball on 50 yard line. Blow the whistle then players run towards the ball who ever has the ball thats the team will start with possesion on 20 yard line. The team who doesnt get the ball chooses what side of field they want.