Tag:League Meetings
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: March 22, 2011 9:22 am

Kickoff rules tweaked to save touchbacks, wedge?

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, the NFL was able to distract the world from the current labor negotiations with the news that kickoffs might get a drastic makeover; one that would involve pushing touchbacks to the 25 and killing the wedge via a kickoff from the 35-yard-line.

According to Marvin Lewis, Bengals coach and a member of the Competition Committee, there's a new proposal on the board that's got some tweaks.

"I think it caught everyone off guard a little bit. I like the proposal as it stood but I understand the push back," Lewis said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Those tweaks involve, according to the official Bengals Twitter account as well as Reedy, leaving touchbacks on the 20-yard-line and eliminating any ban on the two-man wedge.

Of course, it's entirely possible that even this "tweaked" proposal might not pass; Lewis, via the Bengals' Twitter account, said that he "still sees a battle" for getting the new, tweaked rules to garner approval from the needed 75 percent of owners.

"Sometimes as coaches we need to take a look at the whole picture," Lewis said.

He's right. However, as members of the Competition Committee, Lewis and others also need to make sure that when they take a look at the bigger picture they're not killing off an important part of football and/or handicapping certain teams by overextending a particular set of rules.

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