New rule robs NFL of excitement

New rule robs NFL of excitement

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 13:24
The "brain trust" of the No Fun League has struck again. NFL owners at their annual meeting today voted to move kickoffs up five yards to the 35-yard line, guaranteeing that there will be many more touchbacks in the coming season. As if there weren't enough already. Even worse, the league owners, in their "brilliance" voted to keep touchbacks at the 20 rather than moving them up to the 25, even though that would not have been enough of a deterrent to keep teams from kicking the ball to dangerous kickoff returners. This rule is especially harmful to the Bears, who have three of the league's best kick returners in Devin Hester, Danieal Manning and Johnny Knox; in addition to one of the best special teams coordinators in Dave Toub. Whether the Bears have used Hester, Manning, Knox or a combination of all three, Toub's kickoff-return teams have been among the NFL's best for the past five years. The new rule robs the Bears of one of their best weapons and makes for a more boring game. The league has gone a long way toward eliminating the kickoff return, which is one of the game's most exciting plays with great potential for changing field position. They have replaced it with more plays in which absolutely nothing happens. If NFL fans wanted to watch a 70-yard kick that resulted in a non-play and a dead ball, they'd watch soccer.
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