I can't believe the uproar over the rules change to move kickoffs up 5 yards to the 35.
Now we have Patriots coach Bill Belichcik saying he thinks the NFL would love to do away with kickoffs.
What' s the big sea if they did? It would be like taking away the jump ball in basketball. Who cares?
Put the ball on the 20 and play football. Special teams is rumored to be a third of the game. That's coach-speak. The realty is that it's more like 1/9th of the game. And that counts extra points, which means players leaning on other players as the kicker kicks.
If they eliminate kickoffs, the special-team minions -- you know who you are -- could still get their kicks from field goals and punts.
Covering kicks is dangerous work. I understand why the NFL has moved the line up.
More touchbacks will mean fewer injuries. So get ready to see the ball blasted out of the back of the end zone.
And then see real football -- the kind played from a scrimmage line.