New Kickoff Rule Resulting In More Touchbacks

Posted: August 11, 2011 by admin54321 in Features, General, Preseason

Today was the first day of the Preseason in the NFL and the first day we got to see the NFL implement some new rules, like moving kickoffs from the 30 yard line to the 35 yard line.

That rule caused a few more touchbacks in games than we are used to. In two of the games played today, each featured at least 5 touchbacks. In fact, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski kicked the ball straight out of the endzone. The NFL’s goal here is to prevent the amount of kick returns that occur and in turn, prevent injuries during kickoffs.

I understand that many fans think this takes away some of the excitement from the game but I disagree. Before criticizing the NFL for this rule, think about Kevin Everett. The former Bills tight end suffered a career ending neck injury on a kickoff return that left him paralyzed for life. While Everett made a miraculous recovery and is now healthy, I don’t want to see anyone come close to facing what he faced. When a player suffers a life-threatening injury, it is time to adjust the rules and the NFL did just that.

While it may limit a fun part of the game, it is worth to protect players.

Image from Paul Kehrer from Flickr under this license.

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