JAWS: Changes Coming To Kickoffs?

JAWS: Changes Coming To Kickoffs?

Jay Adams

Published March 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Welcome to my new blog-style posts that I’m going to affectionately call JAWS. What does JAWS stand for? Jay Adams Writes Stuff. Can’t blame me for not being literal. Anyway, I’ll be updating this section of the site several times per day to give you my take on certain news items concerning the Falcons, while also giving you a chance to voice your concerns in a poll.

As the game of football evolves, so do the rules.

We’ve seen how much of the game has changed in recent years, and that’s why the league has what’s called the Competition Committee to discuss and recommend possible changes to the game to make it more fair or safe or whatever the case may be.

One of the most notable issues that could find a solution this season is that of player safety during kickoffs and kickoff returns.

USA Today’s blog, The Huddle, writes that the Competition Committee — which is chaired by Falcons president Rich McKay — has proposed moving kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line.

The Huddle notes that kickoffs were moved from the 35 to the 30-yard line previously to encourage more kick returns, but now that we’ve seen a rash of injuries happening on kickoffs and kickoff returns, we could see kickoffs moved back to their original starting point to encourage more touchbacks.

With so much scrutiny on the game for the injuries it can cause and the lifestyles it can affect for players after they retire, perhaps trying to induce more touchbacks wouldn’t be such a bad thing. I know any team that faces Devin Hester, Josh Cribbs or Eric Weems would likely be in favor of it.

What say you?

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