It’s the height of the Presidential campaign season, and Colin has resumed his personal campaign to move the kickoff to the 50-yard line. He didn’t want to get political, but somebody has to stand up.
Yesterday, Commissioner Putin, err Goodell, made another statement hinting that he wants to eventually eliminate kickoffs from the NFL. Sad.
Colin is a lover of the NFL and freedom, and wants to make the kickoff great again. The NFL tweaked the kickoff again this year by moving touchbacks up to the 25-yard line. That’s OK, but it’s not good enough. We can do better.
Colin’s campaign to move the kickoff to the 50-yard line is gaining steam and has secured a HUUUUGE endorsement from former Vice President of Officiating for the NFL, Mike Pereira. It’s a movement people.
His proposal is simple:
- Move kickoffs to the 50.
- Move touchbacks to the 40.
- Kickoffs can be downed like punts.
Colin says that even though it sounds absurd, there are three simple ways that moving the kicking off to mid-field would improve the game.
- Increases onside kicks – Onside kicks will go up significantly because teams won’t be severely punished with bad field position if they’re unsuccessful. In Colin’s world, touchbacks already come out to the 40. An unsuccessful onside kick would likely end up at the 40 or the 35. Onside kicks are exciting for fans and good for the game. When is the last time you left the room for an onside kick?
2. Fair catches will increase – Fair catches are good for player safety. If teams want to get cute and pooch kick it from the 50, the opposing team can fair catch or let it roll and it can be downed like a punt. Fewer car crash collisions. Better field position. More offense.
3. Injuries will decrease – It’s called science. If you give 11 18-wheelers in shoulder pads less field to reach kick returner murdering speed, it will cause fewer injuries. Pretty simple.
Colin realizes his plan sounds like a half baked idea on the surface, but in reality it’s a simple change that could make the game more exciting for fans.
“You don’t want drives starting from the 7. That’s bad offense. That’s more punting. You want to instill more drama, onside kicks, and more offense. Drives start at the 40. What you want in this league is quarterbacks, drama, points.”