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Bill Belichick doesn't like new kickoff idea

Posted on: March 21, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Posted by Andy Benoit

You can always count on Bill Belichick to run his mouth for the media, right? The outspoken, always honest Patriots head coach actually said something at the NFL owners meetings on Monday that flies in the face of this sarcastic intro.

Belichick voiced his displeasure about the idea of moving kickoffs to the 35-yardline and touchbacks to the 25.

“Pretty complicated proposal," Belichick said according to ESPN.com. "I don't like the idea of eliminating the kickoff 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 that's really good for the game."

Belichick isn’t alone in this assessment (it’s become well known that the Bears, not surprisingly, dislike the idea. But before rushing to judgment, the league may try to convince teams that this rule change would actually enhance kickoffs.

Then again, sounds like maybe they’ve already tried that.

"From the presentation last night, I don't know that it's because of head injuries," Belichick said. "And the ones they showed, there weren't very many of them. So I don't know. I think you should really talk to the competition committee. They're the ones, really, that proposed the rule.

"There's a lot of components to it, four different elements to it. It's kind of a complicated rule. ... It's pretty confusing. I mean, we're moving the kickoff up and the touchbacks out."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:14 pm
 

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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Bill Belichick doesn't like new kickoff idea

Punt returns are more dangerous to players than kick-off returns yet they are not changing punt returns. The kicking team gets to the return man a heck of a lot more quickly on a punt and usually the return man is exposed, looking up and with no one back there with them. I like the kick return because there is always the chance for something exciting to happen. Now you're going to have 80% touchbacks. Why not just skip the kickoff and spot the ball on the 20 each time. That's essentially what the league is doing. NFL = No Fun League




Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:20 am
 

Bill Belichick doesn't like new kickoff idea

What's to like about it? Seems pretty lame to me. It's relatively simple, If it not broke don't fix it.
But no it seems the NFL wants to fix it till it's broke.....



Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Bill Belichick doesn't like new kickoff idea

This is one of the dumbest rule change ideas I've seen in recent memory. It does nothing to enhance anything and only takes away from a competitive aspect of the game. Teams like the Bears and Browns thrive on their kickoff play makers to remain competitive. Everyone loves to see kick returns for TD's. It's a fairly rare occurence that get's the crowd fired up and adds an element that can shift the outcome of a game.  What is wrong with these people?


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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:28 pm
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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Bill Belichick doesn't like new kickoff idea

This new kick off rule is stooopid. They are taking one of the most exciting plays away from football. In fact they are starting to turn the NFL into a poder puff league with all the stupid rule changes (like cant touch a QB in throwing motion). Here is a news flash. Football is a contact sport. At least it used to be.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Bill Belichick doesn't like new kickoff idea

He's right not to like it. It sucks. But the bigger rule change to me involves quarterbacks and change of possession plays (INTs and fumbles). If I read the rule correctly, and I admit that I just glanced at it, a quarterback will always be considered a defenseless player on change of possession plays. In other words, touch them and get a whistle. I used to say this in jest, but the league really is one small step away from putting flags on their darling quarterbacks. The game is changing for the worse before our eyes. When does it stop?



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