Edited by GOBILLS!!!!!, 10 April 2012 - 11:44 AM.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:02 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:06 AM
I like your reasoning that backups aren't deserving of being protected from injury.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:09 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:10 AM
I'm not saying the league shouldn't do what it can to protect injuries, but it's a risk you take when you play the game. It takes away a big part of the game, that fan's enjoy, also can swing game momentum. To make that aspect almost negligible hurts the game itself Again it's a good thing players are protected, and it might not seem like much to average joe, but too much more of these rule changes in the interest of "player safety" will run the risk of reducing fans by 50% or more.
I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I watch football to see big hits. I'm not saying "bounty" like dirty intent to injure hits, but I watch football because of the physical aspect of the game. The kickoff rule, changes some of that. As does the "defenseless receiver" and the rules about protecting quarterbacks and such.
Edited by Stealth, 10 April 2012 - 03:12 AM.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:24 AM
It certainly has taken away an important aspect of the game.
Maybe they could make that aspect of the game like touch football. The kick returner would have a little NFL-licensed bandana hanging out of his belt that the opposing kick coverage guys would have to remove to show the returner (punt catcher) has been safely "tackled".
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:56 AM
I thought i read somewhere that, while there were fewer injuries on kickoffs, there were fewer returns too, obviously. And that if you broke down injuries per kick return, injuries actually occurred at the same (or maybe even higher) rate. I'll try to look it up when I'm at a computer later.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:00 AM
Edited by 8and8Forever, 10 April 2012 - 06:00 AM.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:01 AM
You "keep forgetting" that they are kicking off from the same spot they did until 1993 (and without the big runup they were allowed back then)? I don't recall any fans complaining back during the Bills 4 year SB run about the spot for kickoffs.
Edited by Mr. WEO, 10 April 2012 - 06:02 AM.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:41 AM
Back ups are people to! lol
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:58 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:04 AM
Same here. Must be all the concussions.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:39 AM
Edited by Triple Threat, 10 April 2012 - 07:39 AM.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:48 AM
As a courtesy to the other board members, please use more descriptive subject lines. The topic starter can edit the subject line to make it more appropriate.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:54 AM
It's a non-issue as far as I'm concerned. Believe it or not there WERE still kick off returns for TD's last year, there WERE still big return plays. Less? Maybe, but I'd rather see what offenses and defenses can do anyway. All the rule change did was put the kickoff spot back to where it always had been.
Banning wedges has to do more with fewer big kickoff returns IMO, and I'm fine with that too.
Edited by Turbosrrgood, 10 April 2012 - 07:56 AM.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:58 AM
Seriously, though--I hate the rule. Also don't know why people aren't complaining. We all complained the first couple games, then we just stopped.
Turns out one of the most exciting parts of the game is, in fact, being taken away. According to this ESPN story, the touchback rate jumped from 16 percent to 44 percent from the previous season and the average field position after kickoff was reduced by four-plus yards.
I'm with ya--watching guys kneel down in the endzone 44 percent of the time doesn't thrill me.
Edited by JustinAtlanta, 10 April 2012 - 07:59 AM.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:09 AM
I got the same sense that there were more live returns as the season went on; but I don't think it was as much an issue of teams being willing to take more chances bringing it out, but instead there were more teams that began emulating the Bills strategy of kicking the ball to the goalline outside the hashes. At teh beginning of the year, the Bills were virtually the only team in teh league who were showing the confidence in their kicker to place the ball there, and while I also have no data to back this up, but it seemed that by the end of the year half the teams in the league were doing it.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:14 AM
Agree on thisand lets not forget the weather. While certainly not a cold season, just like a golf ball, as the weather cools your ball does not travel as far with the same force hit. As long as we have McLovin returning returning kicks, i am all for the touchback LOL(and i like him as a CB BTW)