In recent years, the NFL has toyed with the idea of getting rid of kickoffs as a safety measure. There has been pushback against the idea. But people talk tough all the time. But how will it be if the move is actually made? It appears they’ll get a chance to find out when the Alliance of American Football kicks off after the Super Bowl next year.
The latest spring football league has announced that they will eliminate the kickoff from the game.
“The kickoff is the least popular play, so why do we still have it?” league founder Charlie Ebersol said on CBS, via Pro Football Talk. “If you want to go for an onside kick, we give you the ball on your own 35 facing fourth-and-10. If you can convert you get to keep the ball and go. If you don’t, the other team gets the ball.”
As for his claim that it is the least popular play, he may want to ask around a little bit more. The least popular play is more likely going to be the extra point, kneel downs, or spiking the ball. Fans want to see action and kickoffs often have some of the best.
What will be interesting to see is how the onside kick option works out. With how well many teams pass the ball, it would not be shocking to see it tried early and often. If you have a team willing to take the gamble early in a game, they could keep their opponent’s offense off the field for a long time.
Assuming they are successful, that is.