This is the same guy that has his Defense dive at linemen's knees in victory formation situations. **** that guy.
This is all for show. They are making it "appear" that they are considering every possible way to protect the health of the players. It's a recommendation and there's no way in hell it would pass.
At the end of the day, these guys are football players. They sign the waivers. They know the risks. This is to help make the NFL look good when that class action lawsuit by former players is ruled in favor of the players so the NFL wont be hit with a 2 billion dollar bill.
Let's not give the NFL too much credit. These guys don't care about the players. Be realistic here.
In my opinion [CONSPIRACY THEORY ALERT] the NFL is trying to do anything it can to eliminate injuries because it's throwing their advertising marketing out of whack. The injuries make the game length unpredictable which is a monetary concern. At the end of the day, the NFL likes to know exactly what it has so they can sell the advertising appropriately. When there are game interruptions and injuries it makes the product unappealing to the fan and the corporations but it also is a huge loss of money as well. And before you ask, no I really don't believe any of this sh!t I just typed. This is really all about the lawsuits they are facing that could cost them billions of dollars in medical bills and quality of life settlements.
Goodell doesn't have a thing to say about the rules. He can not change anything. This would be put on an agenda (perhaps) and go to the competition committee and then go to a vote of the owners. It would need a 3/4 vote to pass. If 75% of the owners want it, then THEY changed things, not Goodell.
The concussion thing is real though. Some rules changes are necessary. Start with better helmets. Another $250 per helmet would be a start.
Plus hit with your helmet or to a helmet - expulsion ($50,000 fine) + one game suspension w/o pay. Controlled from the booth and with replay.
onsite kicks are recovered at a 26% rate, I believe 4thd and 15s will be converted less than that. Plus the opposing team will get the ball on the 30 which is practically field goal range. A failed onsite kick the opposition usually gets it around midfield. This makes the downside even greater.
"Suprise" onsite kickoffs recovered at high percent rate (over 50%) and thus screwing overall rate. Rate for "last minute" kickoffs is much lower.