NFL To Eliminate Kickoffs? [NoeBrainer]
It's possible that the NFL will eliminate kickoffs someday soon. This is a wretched idea. Yes, wretched.
New York Giants co-owner John Mara mentioned that the NFL has had discussions about possibly eliminating kickoffs from the game. I like the idea of flossing with sandpaper better. Eliminating kickoffs? This is an awful idea. Kickoffs produce a ton of excitement. Onside kicks are extremely important from a strategic standpoint at the end of many games.
I'm all for making the game safer, but at what cost? You cannot completely take the physicality out of a physical sport without having the game resemble something completely different. The league has made kickoffs safer by eliminating wedges and moving the line of scrimmage from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line. They doesn't need to take the drastic step of eliminating kickoffs altogether. Interstate 87 being referred to as "The Northway" in the Capital Region is a much better idea than potentially eliminating kickoffs.
Brian Noe is the Program Director at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY. Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.