Posts Tagged ‘nfl kickoff rule’

Why new kickoff rule limits excitement for Bears fans

You know what NFL rule is nonsensical? The new kickoff rule.  Kickoffs are the one play when everyone in the stands is on their feet.  Fans want to see kick return specialist knife through defenders, run over tacklers, and break free to the end zone.  Remember how exciting it was when Devin Hester ran 92 […]

The NFL’s New Kickoff Rules: Are They Really Necessary?

Moving the kickoff spot back to the 35-yard line, where it was before 1994, may not be necessary to ensure NFL players’ safety on kickoffs. As the graph below displays, the percentage of kickoffs that ended up as touchbacks has been steadily increasing since 2003. The graph also shows that the touchback percentage had increased sharply from 1977 […]