New York Giants owner John Mara spoke with Michael Eisen of Giants.com about rule changes and serving on the NFL Competition Committee. One of the things that struck me the most, was that he indicated that he could see the kickoff being eliminated all together.
“We had a lot of discussions about whether we should eliminate it and if we did what we could do in its place,” he said. “There’s no consensus on it right now, but I could see the day in the future where that play could be taken out of the game.
“You see it evolving toward that. Nobody would go that far now, but we talk about different blocks that we can outlaw. The problem is that the concussions come from everywhere, from the wedge, from the crossing blocks where a guy goes from one side of the field to another, from a full speed collision between a return guy and a tackler. So there’s no one thing that you can do. It’s something that we’ll continue to watch as closely as possible.”
I understand the safety concerns with kickoffs, but I believe eliminating it would be a real monumental change for the game of football.
In the end, nothing is certain, but just the thought of kickoffs going away is eye-opening.Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone