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Roger Goodell mulling over idea of eliminating kickoffs
By Gregg Rosenthal
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Published: Dec. 6, 2012 at 11:50 a.m.
Updated: Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

When the NFL changed the line of scrimmage for kickoffs to increase touchbacks, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick derisively said that it was only a matter of time before the NFL eliminated kickoffs entirely. He believed that's what the NFL wanted to do.

Belichick might wind up being proven right.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he's taken it under consideration to remove the kickoff entirely.

"It's an off-the-wall idea. It's different and makes you think differently. It did me," Goodell told TIME in a cover story for the Dec. 17 issue.

Even more intriguing is an alternative concept promoted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano. Goodell met with the NFL competition committee chairman about the concept.

"After a touchdown or field goal, instead of kicking off, a team would get the ball on its own 30-yard line, where it's fourth and 15," TIME's Sean Gregory writes. "The options are either to go for it and try to retain possession or punt. If you go for it and fall short, of course, the opposing team would take over with good field position. In essence, a punt replaces the kickoffs."

It's an interesting idea. We haven't seen the numbers that punts are that much safer than kickoffs, but the NFL must have the data to support the notion if they were considering it.

The implications for strategy are even more intriguing. If a team is trailing by more than one score very late in the fourth quarter, they likely would to try to go for it on fourth-and-15 instead of punting. That's not an easy situation to convert, but the concept would still make it easier to make a comeback without ever giving the ball back to an opponent.

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Here is part of the Time article (its behind a paywall and I'm not signing up for it...):
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Can Roger Goodell Save Football?
By Sean Gregory Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

On the morning of Dec. 1, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell received an unfathomable phone call from the league's head of security. Jovan Belcher, a fourth-year linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, had killed his girlfriend in their home, then driven to the team's practice complex. There, despite the pleadings of his coach and general manager, he shot himself in the parking lot, leaving his 3-month-old daughter an orphan.

Goodell recalls his disbelief. "My first thoughts weren't about football at all," he told TIME. "This is not a football tragedy. It's...

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Cover Story: How Far Will Roger Goodell Go, To Protect The Game He Loves?
By Sean GregoryDec. 06, 2012

On Dec. 1, when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was told by the league’s head of security that Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, murdered his girlfriend and then shot himself in the Kansas City Chiefs parking lot in front of his coach and general manager, he remembers his disbelief. ”My first thoughts weren’t about football at all,” Goodell told TIME in his first public comments since the shocking incident. “This is not a football tragedy. It’s a human tragedy that impacts families, loved ones and an innocent child left behind.” Would the Chiefs play their game against the Carolina Panthers the next day? “It was ultimately my decision,” he says. “But it was important to get the views of the players and honor their wishes. [Chiefs chairman] Clark [Hunt] got back to me and said [Coach] Romeo [Crennel] and the captains felt that playing the game–being together as a team and a community — was important. So that’s exactly what we did.” The Chiefs beat the Carolina Panthers 27-21.

This week’s TIME cover story, which subscribers can read here, is an in-depth profile of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The Belcher incident is just the latest challenge facing the commissioner. Goodell needs to make football safer. “It doesn’t take a lot to jump to the conclusion that constant banging in the head is not going to be in your best interest,” he says. Just this week, a new study from Boston University detailed 33 cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — 15 of them previously unpublicized–in deceased ex-NFL players. (CTE, a debilitating brain disease associated with head trauma, can be diagnosed only post-mortem). Meanwhile, he’s trying to preserve the core of a game that is our national obsession — and a hugely profitable business. His job is, as he says, a “balancing act.”

Fans and players have objected to many of his decisions, like locking out the referees this season, and handing down severe punishment for the New Orleans Saints players and coaches in the bounty scandal. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, for example, says he’s “disappointed” in Goodell. “Really a lack of accountability from the top down,” Brees says. “Also, I feel like, in large part, this bounty scandal, so to speak, is a big facade and a way to cover up the shortcomings of the league with regard to player health and safety over the last three years.”

Goodell doesn’t buy such criticism. “I don’t do things for public relations,” Goodell told TIME. “I do things because they’re the right thing to do, because I love the game … If you want to do the popular thing, be a cheerleader.”

One idea that Goodell predicts will get more consideration: eliminating kickoffs. Fans may object to this rule change, since kickoffs produce thrilling returns. TIME sat in on meeting between Goodell and Rich McKay, head of the NFL’s powerful competition committee. Goodell brought up a proposal promoted by Greg Schiano, coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: after a touchdown or field goal, instead of kicking off, a team would get the ball on its own 30-yard line, where it’s fourth and 15. The options are either to go for it and try to retain possession, or punt. If you go for it and fall short, the opposing team would take over with good field position. In essence, punts would replace kickoffs, and punts are less susceptible to violent collisions than kickoffs. “The fact is,” Goodell says. “It’s a much different end of the play…It’s an off-the-wall idea. It’s different and makes you think differently. It did me.”

TIME’s profile also details Goodell’s road to the commissioner’s office. His father, Charles Goodell, was a congressman from New York, appointed to the Senate after RFK was assassinated. As a Republican who opposed the Vietnam war, Charles Goodell fell out of favor with the party, and lost his seat in the 1970 election. This principled stand guides all of Roger Goodell’s decisions, especially the ones that fans, players, or even owners don’t embrace. “He loved being a United States Senator,” Goodell says of his father. “My personal view is, he never got over that. And that’s sad to me on a lot of levels. But he did what was right. He knew the consequences. He knew it was going to end his career. You can’t buy a lesson like that.”

While growing up, Goodell was especially protective of his younger brother, Michael, who was the target of bullies. “Absolutely, he would beat the crap out of people,” says Michael. “Roger was not Atticus Finch.” When Michael Goodell, who came out after college, hears about gay kids committing suicide because of bullying, he reflects on how he could have been one of them. “I was the type who would have been beat up a lot,” says Michael. “It would have been humiliating. What would that have meant if I did survive it. Would I have done drugs? There are all sorts of things you can turn to because of self-hatred and loathing. But none of that was even a possibility, because I had this support around me. So, yeah, Roger is very much a hero figure for me.” During an with an interview with the commissioner, I read Michael’s words to him. Roger Goodell teared up. “Ha,” he says, sniffling, not able to say much else. “That’s the first time I heard that. I didn’t know it had much impact on him.”

In high school, Goodell — a three sport captain at Bronxville (N.Y.) High — enforced the type of player conduct code that he would later create as the commissioner of the NFL. At Bronxville, athletes were required to sign pledges that they would not drink or otherwise get into trouble. They hated when Goodell showed up to a party. “All of a sudden it was like an alarm went off,” says Michael. “They were running out of the back door as he was coming in the front door. It was like Prohibition.”

Roger excelled in sports, but he was far from the polished presences we see today. In high school, Goodell rarely hit the books. “He was a big dumb jock,” says Michael. “He played that up. He was walking around in his letter jacket, with his girlfriend on his arm and stuff. He was big man on campus.” Michael laughs. “And one of the things we used to tease him about, he just used to grunt. You know, ‘hey, Rog, how are you today? ‘Grrrr.’” Goodell cops to his academic ambivalence — though in college, he took school more seriously, and thrived. But he says he doesn’t remember the grunting. Though a couple of NFL staffers say it sounds familiar. “He just wears a different jacket now,” says one.



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December 6th, 2012, 2:14 pm
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More pussification of America...


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I'm sorry but that sounds dumb as hell.

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I like the idea that they have for substituting kickoffs but I don't know if I'm in favor of it. It's certainly creative but kickoffs have been around a long time and it would be really weird to not have them.

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Detroit Lions' Jim Schwartz: If NFL changes kickoff rule, it will be in the best interest of player safety
By Justin Rogers | jrogers@mlive.com
on December 07, 2012 at 12:40 AM

ALLEN PARK -- According to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the competition committee will evaluate a radical change to the league's kickoff policy this offseason.

The idea, proposed by Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano, would eliminate kickoffs entirely. They would be replaced by a 4th-and-15 situation at the 30-yard line. The kicking team would have the option of punting the ball away or attempting to pick up the first down in situations where an onside kick would typically take place.

When asked for his thoughts on the proposal, Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz didn't reject the idea, instead praising the NFL's constant efforts to improve player safety.

"The kickoff is statistically the highest injured play in the game," Schwartz said. "They've looked very seriously at trying to do things that can change that. Moving the kick up to the 35 has had a big change in that.

"One thing, if you want to avoid the number of injuries, just avoid the number of chances to get injured," he continued. "That's what's happened with the kickoff from the 35, it's forced more touchbacks, but it still doesn't change the way the play is."

Schwartz highlighted other changes the league has made with safety in mind, including the elimination of tackling by the face mask in 1957, the banning of horse-collar tackles in 2006, and most recently, the expansion of the crackback block rule to include interior defensive linemen.

"The league is constantly changing and I'm sure that if they decide to do something with (kickoffs) it will be for the best interest of player safety and the future of the game," Schwartz said.

Schwartz did speculate that if Schiano's suggestions was adopted it would favor high-powered passing attacks in late-game situations where those teams were trailing.

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Its not like Schwartz is biased having maybe the worst Kickoff Return and Coverage units in the NFL over the past 2 years.... (j/k, he probably does see it as a safety issue).

That said, Leave Kickoffs alone or if you really want to say Kickoffs are more dangerous than Punts then kill the 4th and 15 thing and just have them punt from like the 30 or 35 yd line but not be able to run a Pass or Run Play. If they fumble the snap or shank it it is just like a bad Onside kick in regards to field position and now players arent running at eachother for 50 yds building up ramming speeds.


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Why don't we put the ball at the fifty and offenses line up and scrum for the ball, he who gets the ball takes it back to his 20 and then starts to drive.... Oh wait! That's almost like rugby!

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The rule Chang would benefit the lions though....when was the last time we had a return threat?

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Eddie Drummond, 2004. Does anyone remember why he didn't last much longer than that? Did he get hurt?

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Eddie Drummond, 2004. Does anyone remember why he didn't last much longer than that? Did he get hurt?


If memory serves me right he went to KC and then got hurt.

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Eddie Drummond, 2004. Does anyone remember why he didn't last much longer than that? Did he get hurt?


If memory serves me right he went to KC and then got hurt.


He was always hurt. His neck was about to fall apart. So, he had to retire before he got paralyzed.


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