Had these rules been in place last season, we probably lose the Colts playoff game. It's unlikely we put together the game-winning drive if it would have begun at the 20-yard line.
Also, kickoff returns have probably been the Jets' only consistent area of strength in the 38 years I've followed this team. A run-first offense isn't going to have enough 80-yard touchdown drives to be successful, so it might change the way we play a little bit.
[QUOTE=Joe W. Namath;3985520]Stupid. The antichrist Goddell strikes again.[/QUOTE]
Too bad it wasn't Gooddell...But why let facts get in the way...It's all Gooddell's fault it's only 40 degrees today...
[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]NFL owners on Tuesday approved the rules committee's recommendation to move kickoffs up to the 35-yard line next season but touchbacks will continue to be placed at the 20-yard line. [/COLOR][/LEFT]
[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]The NFL competition committee proposed the changes intended to increase player safety on kickoff returns. The change, according to NBC Sports, moves kickoff up from the 30-yard line. However, owners opted not to move touchbacks from those kicks 5 yards further upfield. They also allowed return units to continue using two-man wedge blocking. [/COLOR][/LEFT]
[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]Coaches against the change argued it would punish teams with elite return men. Notably, those teams included the Chicago Bears, who employ Devin Hester, and the Seattle Seahawks, who have Leon Washington. Both those players are top kick returners. [/COLOR][/LEFT]
[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]Bears coach Lovie Smith was vehement in his opposition. [/COLOR][/LEFT]
[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]"I can't believe we're even talking about that," Smith told The Chicago Tribune before the owners' vote. "It's the most exciting play in the game. We're totally against the rule. We don't even get into the conversation. How do we get to this point?" [/COLOR][/LEFT]
[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]As for player safety, Smith noted that the Bears had one player injured last season on kickoff return or kickoff coverage units -- and that involved an ankle sprain. [/COLOR][/LEFT]
[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]Two years ago, the NFL addressed safety on kickoffs by limiting blocking wedges to two players. A proposal also was on the table to outlaw blocking wedges altogether, but that didn't sit well with coaches worried about the safety of the return men. [/COLOR][/LEFT]
[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]"A (return man) is going to just get started, and especially now that they've taken the wedge out, there's going to be no blocking for him," Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the Los Angeles Times. "You're going to have some huge hits around the 12-, 15-yard line that are going to be dangerous for the returner." [/COLOR][/LEFT]
[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]Competition committee chairman Rick McKay said Monday the kickoff change proposal was "not one that if you were asking the committee to vote on it from a tactical standpoint and for a betterment of the game, I believe the committee would be 0-7 against." [/COLOR][/LEFT]
[LEFT][COLOR=#000000]"From a safety issue, 7-0 in favor because I think this gives us an opportunity to shorten the field and to lessen the impacts that are happening on (kickoffs)," McKay said. [/COLOR][/LEFT]