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Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

Posted on: August 17, 2011 8:48 am
 
BelichickPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With the new NFL rules stating that kickoffs are to be taken from the 35-yard line instead of the 30 -- though the Bears didn’t feel they needed to follow that rule, since apparently they wanted to work on their kickoff coverage -- it seems pretty clear the NFL wants to reduce the number of returns that can be taken.

In fact, as we wrote last March, the reason the rules competition committee wanted to make the change in the first place was because of safety concerns. But according to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the league has an ulterior motive for making the change to kickoff placement.

The NFL wants to eliminate kickoffs entirely.

During a session with the media Tuesday, one questioner, according to CSN’s Tom E. Curran, began a query this way: “If the intention of the NFL is eliminate kickoffs …” Belichick quickly interrupted.

"That's what they told us," Belichick said. "I'm not speaking for anyone else. That's what they told us, that they want to eliminate the play."

Which would fundamentally change the game in a way that is not completely impossible to fathom but which critics could claim also turns the NFL into more of a flag football league. Even if that supposed philosophy never comes to pass, Belichick talked about the current system, in which teams might build rosters differently if kickoff returners won’t make as much of an impact.

"If, instead of covering 60 kickoffs in a year you think you're only going to be covering 30, then is that coverage player as important, or -- on the flip side of it -- is the return game?" Belichick asked (presumably in the rhetorical sort of way). "If you're going to be returning 30 instead of 60, are the guys who block on the kickoff return (as important)?  If you think you're going to be returning more punts than kickoffs (there's a decision to weigh). Usually you're going to be returning more kickoffs than punts but if you think you'll be returning more punts than kickoffs, then maybe you put more of a priority on your punt returner than your kickoff returner."

To be fair, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had this to say to CSN regarding Belichick’s claim that the league wants to squash kickoffs: "(Chairman of the Competition Committee) Rich McKay and (NFL Vice President) Ray Anderson say that’s not accurate. They said the Competition Committee’s position was that they wanted to 'shorten the field' and that the movement of the kickoff line would potentially reduce the number of kickoffs to be returned. They said they are unaware of anyone saying that it was intended to 'eliminate' the kickoff return."

But if that was the case and the NFL really does want to eliminate kickofs, you can bet teams like the Bears (because of KR Devin Hester), Browns (because of Josh Cribbs) and the Seahawks (because of Leon Washington) who are already not pleased with the new rules will be really, really unhappy.

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Comments

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

Safety concerns? It's FOOTBALL..not ballet!!!! c'mon!



Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:56 pm
 

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

No no no! Not a good idea!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

Sorry Patriots fans, BUT HERE IS YOUR GENIUS BEST COACH OF ALL TIME!!!  BILL BELLICHEAT! FRAUD EXTROIDINAIRE!



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

the statement alone is ridiculous. its bad enough that they moved it to where they have, but to eliminate kickoffs would eliminate the chance of an onside kick at the end of the game, which in itself would be a joke. the nfl wants to reduce injuries, but in no way wants to eliminate kickoffs. Belichick should think before he speaks. the notion is impossible, and the nfl is dumb enough to say that, only the highly intelligent Mr. Belichick.  moron



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

Wish the NFL would eliminate Belichick....he is such a self centered little douche



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

Well, if they eliminate kickoffs, then they might as well eliminate punts, field goals and any plays that results from kicking. Football is a tough and dangerous sport. That is why they wear helmets. Players don't wear helmets in soccer and that has not been a problem and there has been more headbutting incidents than in football. 



Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

leave it alone
 



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

yea right...they'd move the placement to the 50 yard line before removing it entirely..that way there's still two commercials before and after every touchback...they should kick further back if anything and at least make them more exciting but if you ask me there's no reason to change it and I know revenue from ads is a hell of a lot more important than players saftey in the eyes of owners



Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

?...Of course they will always kick it out of the endzone....Hang time?....Why would you risk a play like that?
 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

There's no rule that says you have to kick it out of the end zone. Place kickers may need to develop more hang time so there may evolve a high hang variation of the onside kick.


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