Posted by Will Brinson
You've certainly heard about the NFL's new rule on kickoffs: they're happening from the 35-yard-line now. Not the 30.
Maybe the Chicago Bears missed the memo?
Because they spent their first preseason game on Saturday night (as you can see from the photo to your right) kicking off from the 30-yard-line.
Per Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago, the press box official at Soldier Field has been screaming at the Bears -- "They cannot kickoff from the 30!" -- in vain. (It's very far away from the field, as you might guess.)
For whatever reason, Chicago's simply refusing to kick from the 35-yard-line.
"The team is simply evaluating our kickoff coverage unit," a Bears spokesman told CBSSports.com.
So then it's not anything to do with the fac that three teams truly got hosed by the NFL's decision to change things up: the Bears, the Seahawks and the Browns. The latter two recently extended return specialists (Leon Washington and Josh Cribbs, respectively) and the Bears rely on Devin Hester to be a gamechanger on special teams.
That's good. Although Mike Pereira, former VP of Officiating at the NFL, tweeted that "Carl Johnson called and put a stop to it." So clearly someone at the NFL wasn't too thrilled that the Bears were using the preseason to practice kickoff coverage by sacrificing safety.
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