There has been a lot of talk about changing the rules of football to avoid injuries to players. Specifically, Rutgers' head coach Greg Schiano is hoping to change the kickoffs ruling as that is when one of his player's life was changed forever.
This is Schiano’s plan: Replace all kickoffs with a punting situation, including after the opening coin toss and to start the second half. So, as an example, when Team A scores a touchdown, it immediately gets the ball back on a fourth and 15 from its own 30-yard line.
It can punt it back to Team B — the most likely outcome and a safer play since the bigger collisions usually happen on kickoffs.
Or it can line up and go for the first down, essentially replacing an onside kick with an offensive play that would require more skill than luck.
Onside kicks work about a quarter of the time in the NFL, according to the website advancednflstats.com, a deceptive figure because the play is far more successful when the other team isn’t expecting it. Schiano isn’t sure if going for it on fourth and 15 is a higher percentage play — according to the same website, it’s about 18 percent or 19 percent — but success would be less dependent on a favorable bounce.
Either way, Schiano said, this is the bottom line: “It would lead to much less impact and fewer collisions, but it would still be a way to get the game started in similar field position.”
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