This offseason the NFL competition committee implemented a new kickoff rule designed to limit the number of returns and, in turn, injuries. A touchback on a kickoff will now result in the ball coming out to the 25-yard line instead of the old rule, which made it the 20-yard line.

Kickers and special teams coaches I have talked to don't necessarily agree with the competition committee on the impact of this rule change. Starting with Thursday night's first preseason games, I believe NFL kickers will stop kicking touchbacks as a result of the new rule.

In 2015, nearly 60 percent of kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. With the new rule giving the offense the ball at the 25-yard line, return teams have a greater incentive to take a knee and accept the touchback.

Kickers and special teams coaches have looked at the numbers and many have decided it isn't advantageous to continue kicking touchbacks. Here are the numbers that back up their decision:

In 2015 only one team, the Minnesota Vikings, had an average start of at least the 25-yard line (25.5). Twelve teams had an average start inside the 21-yard line. So, hypothetically, a team in 2016 that kicks a touchback on every kick would be dead last in average start allowed.

Jay Feely kicks off during a game between the Cardinals and Bills. Getty Images

Is there a big difference between a team starting at the 25-yard line vs. the 20-yard line? Let's dive into the numbers.

You are almost 2 percent more likely to score when starting from the 25-yard line compared to the 20. According to the website, from the 20-yard line teams can expect to score 0.4 points per drive. Starting from the 25, teams can expect to score 0.66 points per drive -- that's a difference of 0.26 points per drive.

If a team averages 12 drives per game like NFL teams did in 2015, that equates to about 3 points per game more starting from the 25-yard line. Those are the kind of numbers that get the attention of head coaches.

With the question of why answered, the next logical question is how.

I have seen many national stories questioning whether NFL kickers could effectively implement this new kick. Let's put this to rest right now.

Every kicker in the NFL can execute a big, high kick to the goal line, outside the numbers. The amount of hang time each kicker gets will vary depending on leg strength and ability, but this isn't a hindrance in the decision-making process. Many kickers would change their approach to a field goal-like approach to give them even more accuracy.

The last two factors in the decision-making process are 1) what type of coverage teams do you have, and 2) are you willing to give up the 5 yards to limit the potential of a kickoff return for a touchdown, while also limiting the injury potential of your coverage guys.

In any regard, coaches will have to put a lot more thought into their decisions on kickoffs this year. The competition committee implemented the rule change to further reduce the number of returns and subsequently the number of injuries.

It remains to be seen if that is the actual outcome.