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Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

Posted on: March 22, 2011 6:45 pm
 
J. Cribbs was not happy to see the NFL change the kickoff rules (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Browns KR/WR Josh Cribbs is not a huge fan of the new NFL rule that will place the kickoff spot at the 35-yard line (instead of the 30-yard line). Not a huge fan at all.

Though the original proposal made by the NFL rules committee, which would have given a team the ball at the 25-yard line instead of the 20 for a touchback and would have eliminated the two-man wedge, was tweaked, Cribbs still wasn’t happy.

From his Twitter account, he wrote: “NFL rule changes are BS... U not making the game safer u messing a great sport, trynna hide behind safety just to add 2 games...smh”

The reasoning behind the rule change – which was passed today at the NFL owners meetings in New Orleans – was for safety reasons. Kickoffs theoretically will be less dangerous now (though leaving in the two-man wedge lessens the original intent), because there will be fewer returns and more touchbacks. But Cribbs makes the claim that players will actually be harmed by the new rule.

“Essentially taking returners out of the game...injuries will still take place, then what move it up again, or eliminate it all together..” Cribbs tweeted. “Not just speaking for myself, but it affects the blue collar NFL players which are the majority who don't have big names, it extends careers.”

Added Bears record-holding returner Devin Hester on his Twitter account : “Hey hey fans don't get mad about the new rule, my run back just going 2 be over a 100 yards now. I hate them 90 something yards anyway!!!!!!”

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Comments

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:11 am
 

Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

Goodell is killing the sport!  One of the most exciting players in the NFL wouldn't even be known today if this rule was in play 5 years ago, Devon Hester.  I've wished the college game would move back to the 30 forever, but its the NFL that is regressing in the rules.  I agree with Cribbs, Goodell does this in the name of safety but is still pushing to add 2 more games to the schedule.  For a running back thats 40 more opportunities to get concussed, blow out a knee etc...  I think the players should just say, "we'll accept the salary structure only if Goodell is removed now and permanately!".



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:03 am
 

Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

How much longer Does Roger"Jokedell" have to be the NFL Commishner. This sport its just getting more watered down. Playing football is an option and you get paid more then the average american will see in a lifetime in one friggin year. If the sport is too rough go do something else thats what  a college education is for.



Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2011 2:03 am
 

Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

They moved it back to the 30 b/c all the ko's were being touchbacks to begin with.  Wanted to add some excitement and now we are back to just having touchbacks.  Stupid move.  Guys who play the game know the dangers.  Running back ko's is part of the game.  It's not like banning headshots.  What a joke!



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2011 1:27 am
 

Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

Ha, I bet Cribbs isn't happy.  Neither is the Browns front office. They just gave him a new contract after he cried alot, and now he is essentially useless.  Just great. 



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

This is ridiculous, why don't they just get rid of the kickoffs all together?  I'm sick of hearing the NFL's excuse that they are trying to make the game safer when we all know that they could care less about the players or their safety.  So are we to believe that players are not going to get hurt now because the ball is moved forward 5 years?  Are they expecting all kickoff to now be touchbacks?  And if so, what's the point to even have a kickoff?  I'm baffled at how this is supposed to make the players safer.  With this and the new "in the grass" whistles on QB's, they are continuing the destruction of the most popular sport in America.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

I'm for rules that reduce the number of players who are carted off the field.  The game is getting ugly. 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

I hate rule changes just for the sake of making changes, ruins the integrity of records.  18 games sucks!!
Yeah!  So does 16!!  Remember when they didn't play that many?!?  Boo, records for the last few decades!  Boooooo!



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

This just puts the kickoff back to its original spot.  They moved the kickoff back in 1994 to create more exciting plays.  So now they are taking kickoff return away to eliminate those extra exciting plays I guess.  In Doing so I guess they figure they are still adding more plays with the two extra games.  I hate rule changes just for the sake of making changes, ruins the integrity of records.  18 games sucks!! Kickoff spot doesn't bother me either way, (only because they are moving it back to where it was originally)



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

Funny thing is that most of the injuries, although there are some, that happen during a game don't seem to be on special teams and rarely on the actually return men. It seem more like it happens on prone players like the DeSaun Jackson, Massaquoi, or Austin Collie injuries. If players didn't leave themselves open during the catch and defenses aim to hurt not maim these things wouldn't happen. But then it wouldn't be football, it would be soccer.



Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Cribbs shaking his head at new kickoff rule

Zach, you sound like a world class dweeb. Cribbs is absolutely right. He went to Kent State, went undrafted, and is probably THE hardest worker in the NFL. He represents blue collar if there is such a thing in the NFL. When he talks, people should listen.


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