Citing players' safety, the NFL's Competition Committee discussed some of the proposed rule changes last week, including a potential adjustment to kickoffs.â†µ
With a high-injury rate on kickoffs, the Committee has suggested that the line of scrimmage be moved from the 30 to the 35-yard line on kickoffs, and moving the touchback yard line from the 20 to the 25. The thinking is: less kickoff returns equals less injuries. Even still, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is not a fan.â†µ
"It's a pretty complicated proposal," Belichick told a small group of reporters today at the league's annual meeting. "I don't like the idea of eliminating the kickoff [return] from the game. I think it's one of the most exciting plays in football. It looks like the Competition Committee is trying to eliminate that play. I don't know if that's really good for the game."â†µ
When asked about the specific player safety concerns addressed by the Committee, Belichick said. "The presentation last night, I don't know that it's because of head injuries."