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Kickoff specialists could be rendered obsolete by the NFL’s proposed rule changes.

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by CoronaDoug, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    NFL considers kickoffs at 35-yard line, touchbacks to 25-yard line

    Posted by Michael David Smith on March 16, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Significant changes on kickoffs are coming to the NFL in 2011 if the NFL’s Competition Committee gets its way.

    Falcons President and Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay revealed on a conference call with the media today that the Competition Committee is proposing a major modification of kickoffs, moving the kickoff back to the 35-yard line instead of the 30, and giving the receiving team the ball at the 25-yard line, instead of the 20, if there’s a touchback.

    In other words, it will be easier for the kicker to boot the ball into the end zone, and there will be greater incentive for the return man to stay in the end zone instead of running it out.

    The Competition Committee is also proposing the elimination of all forms of the wedge block, including the two-man wedge, and requiring players on the kickoff team to line up between the 30-yard line and the 35-yard line. All of these changes, the Competition Committee believes, will cut down on injuries on kickoffs.

    “The injury rate on kickoffs remains a concern for us,” McKay said.

    One thing that will not change is what happens after a kickoff goes out of bounds: The Competition Committee’s proposal is still for the receiving team to get the ball on the 40-yard line.

    All Competition Committee proposals will be voted on by the owners at next week’s NFL Annual Meeting.

    NFL considers kickoffs at 35-yard line, touchbacks to 25-yard line | ProFootballTalk


    March 16, 2011
    Would rule change make Lloyd obsolete?

    The conventional wisdom has been that as long as John Kasay is the Carolina Panthers kicker, they're going to have to keep another one on the roster to kick off.

    Or will they?

    One proposed change among several outlined by NFL vice president of football operations Ray Anderson and competition committee chairman Rich McKay is to adjust kickoffs to reduce the threat of injuries.

    The proposal McKay outlined on a conference call today included moving the kickoff from the 30-yard line to the 35, and giving the receiving team the ball at their 25 instead of their 20 on a touchback. That 10-yard swing could make the Panthers think long and hard about keeping an extra kicker to handle kickoff duties.

    Lloyd has been very good at what he does for the Panthers, but it's apparent that Kasay's going to kick field goals here for a few more years. He's still as accurate as ever on field goals, he's just reached the age (41) where he hits 2-irons off the tee instead of drivers.

    Punter Jason Baker's been uneven kicking off as well (while Kasay's Super Bowl kickoff stands as one of the franchise's biggest wince-inducers).

    But if you take 10 yards of average drive start out of the equation, the idea of a kickoff specialist could become hard to justify -- especially if like last year the offense is such that Lloyd often kicked off two or three times a game, tops.

    -- Darin Gantt

    Inside the Panthers: Would rule change make Lloyd obsolete?
     
  2. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Kaeding will still not kick into the endzone. The best he usually does now is the 5.
     
  4. wrbanwal

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    seems like a stupid idea to me. 99% of the kickers will kick into the end zone and 99% of the returners are going to stay in the end zone.

    That being said, it's great for Nate. he'll still kick it to the five yard line and our guys will be 5 yards closer to the return man.

    win/win for Nate
     
  5. Zeus

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    If they had these rules last year Chargers would of went to the playoffs.
     
  6. CoronaDoug

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    Dang I forgot all about Kaeding. Thanks for the horrific reminder.

    If this is passed it may make a difference in the draft. The return specialist value will be much lower. They are trying to take all of the excitement out of the game for safety. They might as well go ahead and play flag football.
     
  7. Enormo

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    Then I would think we would want the rule. The kicks could be higher and the coverage team has an extra 5 yard advantage. With decent special teams play I can see regularly pinning the opponent behind the 20.
     
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    I disagree. Why would teams want to regularly give the opponent an automatic line up at the 25 yard line when with the extra 5 yards on kickoff plus more hang time they could regularly pin teams behind the 20 with good special teams play?
     
  9. wrbanwal

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    I like the theory, but I'm not sure a kick-off specialist has that kind of accuracy.

    But I do agree it will help Keading cause he couldn't kick in the end zone from the 50
     
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    Then they better learn
     
  11. Enormo

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    True.

    The door would be open for someone to come in and revolutionize the position. Sort of a punter - kick off hybrid.
     
  12. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    Why haven't we ever used scifres for kickoffs? He seems to have a cannon leg.
     
  13. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    He's kicked off a couple of times.
     
  14. CoronaDoug

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    If I had a nickle for every time I seen this! :D Because Kaeding is AJ's love child!
     
  15. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Didn't they try this a few years back and reversed it due to touch backs?
     

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