Today, a story emerged that Roger Goodell is thinking about removing the kickoff from the NFL.
REPORT: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently discussed a proposal to eliminate kickoffs » es.pn/XvpPbX— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 6, 2012
His proposal is based on Greg Schiano's suggestion from May.
Goodell and McKay discussed an idea brought up by Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano in which a team, instead of kicking off, would get the ball at its own 30-yard line in a fourth-and-15 situation. The team then would punt the ball away or, to replace an onside kick, could go for it and, if they failed to get a first down, the opposing squad would start with great field position.
This debate is bound to heat up, particularly in light of studies like these: Of 35 NFL brains autopsied, 34 showed signs of CTE, a side effect of repeated concussions that leads to confusion, depression and dementia.
This conversation is far from over.
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