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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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Chief Roundup 12:28 PM 12-05-2018
Leave the fucking game alone.
If they are going to remove punts then the opposing team gets the ball at their 40 yard line or deeper if the offense stalls inside the 40.
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Frazod 12:35 PM 12-05-2018
Originally Posted by ClevelandBronco:
I figure you're at least 5'2" wide, right?

By the way, you were right about fucking myself. Mmmmmmmm.
You know, you could always take your eternally anonymous gutless cunt self over to the Drane, where everybody else is quite sure that cheating and biased calls have no bearing whatsoever on the outcome of games.

Maybe you'd be a happier. But I doubt it.
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kysirsoze 12:35 PM 12-05-2018
Originally Posted by Rain Man:
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.
This but if it's incomplete, live ball.
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HemiEd 12:39 PM 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.
Yep, just enforce the rules they already have instead of being selective.

How about fixing the officiating period.
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MahiMike 12:43 PM 12-05-2018
Just quit throwing the damn flags! Problem solved.
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scho63 12:53 PM 12-05-2018
BUBBLE WRAP!!!

Before every punt and kickoff, special teams all put on a special bubble wrap suit.
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Coochie liquor 12:54 PM 12-05-2018
Every punt the cheerleaders remove their tops and jump around on the sidelines!
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Beef Supreme 01:06 PM 12-05-2018
We could have Clark Hunt do the punting, and introduce the world to the CHunt Punt.
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WhawhaWhat 01:12 PM 12-05-2018
Nobody on the field except for the punter and the receiver. The receiver fields the ball and then a german shepherd chases them and brings them down and that's where the offense takes over.
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suzzer99 01:17 PM 12-05-2018
This is the first step toward completely eliminating punts.
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'Hamas' Jenkins 02:04 PM 12-05-2018
Originally Posted by wazu:
If you truly want safer game play, eliminate all helmets and pads.
Which is a great idea until the first time someone goes down and catches a knee to the face on the descent.
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DJJasonp 02:18 PM 12-05-2018
While we're at it - why dont we get rid of the stupid rule that went against us at Oakland - where the kick returner can be standing out of bounds - touch the ball that is still in-bounds.......and somehow that's a penalty against the kicking team!!!!!???? (and ball placed on the 40)

In a game full of asinine rules - that one is way up there.

Hell - any ball that comes close to the sideline, I'd coach my guys to make sure you touch it while standing on the line.....instant great field position!
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notorious 02:24 PM 12-05-2018
I propose the the punters kick the ball directly up each owner's rectum.
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DJJasonp 02:29 PM 12-05-2018
Next up: Every possession resulting in loss of downs or turnover resets the ball at the other team's 25 yard line.

Sounds crazy - but we're not far off from it (and think of the fantasy football impact - which seems to carry much more weight than others).
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NinerDoug 02:33 PM 12-05-2018
Originally Posted by Stinger:
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.


https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/n...ies-penalties/
So, any ideas about the specifics?
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