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Stinger 10:08 AM 12-05-2018
The NFL wants to implement changes to the punt after making plenty of changes to the kickoff

by Sean Wagner-McGough @seanjwagner


It's not just kickoffs that are in a period of change in today's NFL. After enacting a number of rule changes in recent years to make the kickoff safer, the NFL will now focus on the punt as it aims to decrease injuries and penalties, league officials told ESPN on Tuesday. Changes could be coming as soon as next season.

According to ESPN's Kevin Seifert, the league will "crowdsource ideas from the analytics community" as "part of the 1st and Future project, an innovation competition that culminates in a Feb. 2 presentation in Atlanta, site of Super Bowl LIII." However, the league did not promise to use any of the ideas brought to them.

So why is the NFL planning on changing the punt? NFL executive vice president of health and safety initiatives Jeff Miller said that punts cause twice as many concussions than normal plays. Meanwhile, penalties most frequently occur during punts, Seifert reported, which is easy to believe after seeing holding and illegal-block-in-the-back penalties get flagged on what seems like every other punt -- if not more.

"We know our fans are not big fans of every play ending in a penalty, and that's one thing we definitely want to look at," Rich McKay, the head of the competition committee, said.

None of this should come as a huge surprise after all of the rules we've seen the NFL modify in an attempt to make the kickoff less dangerous. The NFL decreased the number of kickoff returns by moving the kickoff from the 30 to the 35-yard line in addition to moving the touchback from the 20 to the 25-yard line. More recently, they eliminated wedge blocking techniques by the return team and running starts for the kicking team.

Punts appear to be the NFL's next target. While complaints will undoubtedly be made whenever the NFL does make changes to the punt, it's easy to understand why the NFL is trying to make a special teams play safer and less likely to end in a penalty. Hopefully, the changes won't prohibit the Devin Hesters and Johnny Hekkers of the NFL from making the kind of plays that can make the punt exciting, but even if that happens and the end result is a safer sport, it'll be tough to criticize the league for doing so.

Many critics have bemoaned the changes made to the kickoff in recent years, but those changes have hardly impacted the quality of football in today's NFL while the league says injuries have been reduced to the point where the kickoff won't have to be eliminated entirely, which was mentioned as a possible outcome as recently as March. Next up? The punt.


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Detoxing 10:10 AM 12-05-2018
To prevent concussions the NFL should just remove everyone from the field except the return man and punter.

And since our offense doesn't punt, we have nothing to worry about.
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wazu 10:10 AM 12-05-2018
Make it a 15 yard penalty for kicking out of bounds.
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pugsnotdrugs19 10:11 AM 12-05-2018
Fine with me if it makes things safer. Don’t think they can do anything to make football any less exciting really.
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InChiefsHell 10:13 AM 12-05-2018
Wear flags. It's the only way.
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wazu 10:13 AM 12-05-2018
If you truly want safer game play, eliminate all helmets and pads.
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BlackHelicopters 10:18 AM 12-05-2018
Penalties on punts will be self called by players and subject to intense ten minute play review. A string of commercials three minutes long can and will be inserted at least three times, stretching the “ punt review” to nearly 20 minutes. The NFL announced that the revenue bump from expanding punt coverage will add one billion to NFL coffers annually.
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Rain Man 10:18 AM 12-05-2018
A few ideas off the top of my head.

1. No punts. Go for it on every fourth down.

2. No punts. Go for it on every fourth down, but a pass is essentially a punt. If it's incomplete, the defense gets the ball where it hit the ground.

3. No punt returns. The punter kicks the ball and the offense gets it where it comes to rest.

4. The punter must line up 30 yards behind the line of scrimmage to keep the collisions low-speed. If he can't, then Rule 3 happens.
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Halfcan 10:21 AM 12-05-2018
How about the NFL works on getting honest, unbiased refs and stop trying to control the outcome of important games?

That would help the game more than tinkering with punts. Oh yeah, we have a killer punt returner, so let's change the rules.
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mlyonsd 10:22 AM 12-05-2018
Make the gunners count to three Mississippi's before they can take off.
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Dayze 10:24 AM 12-05-2018
treat a fair catch like a QB slide. play is dead/ over once the returner rasises his hand signaling for the fair catch. disregard / pick up the flag on any penalty besides a personal foul / unsportsmanlike conduct etc.
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-King- 10:25 AM 12-05-2018
Originally Posted by Halfcan:
How about the NFL works on getting honest, unbiased refs and stop trying to control the outcome of important games?

That would help the game more than tinkering with punts. Oh yeah, we have a killer punt returner, so let's change the rules.
Is there anyone that even likes Hill on punt returns? The risk far outweighs the reward. Unless it's a late game situation and we need him to potentially make a big play, I'd rather put someone else on punt returns.
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wazu 10:27 AM 12-05-2018
Originally Posted by Rain Man:
A few ideas off the top of my head.

1. No punts. Go for it on every fourth down.

2. No punts. Go for it on every fourth down, but a pass is essentially a punt. If it's incomplete, the defense gets the ball where it hit the ground.

3. No punt returns. The punter kicks the ball and the offense gets it where it comes to rest.

4. The punter must line up 30 yards behind the line of scrimmage to keep the collisions low-speed. If he can't, then Rule 3 happens.
Iím okay with #1. #2 sounds great for us. #3 would be terrible. #4 sounds like pure comedy.
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Halfcan 10:28 AM 12-05-2018
Originally Posted by -King-:
Is there anyone that even likes Hill on punt returns? The risk far outweighs the reward. Unless it's a late game situation and we need him to potentially make a big play, I'd rather put someone else on punt returns.
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Just having Hill back there forces teams to have to strategize on how to handle it. They are so scared of getting burned they are now just kicking out of bounds. We are in their heads.
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Stinger 10:30 AM 12-05-2018
Originally Posted by -King-:
Is there anyone that even likes Hill on punt returns? The risk far outweighs the reward. Unless it's a late game situation and we need him to potentially make a big play, I'd rather put someone else on punt returns.
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I do. Have you seen the field position we get when punters try and punt away from him. He affects the play even though he may not be directly involved.
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