Originally Posted by NJChiefsFan
Forgetting the actual kickoff, replacing it with a fourth down option is a joke. As mentioned, one bad call and you have a first down. If you are ****ing desperate to remove the KO then stick it on the 25 or something. Don't add this joke of a gimmick.
I don't disagree with that.
Well, I agree with this, but if you do go down this road, I think that you can't just place the ball for the other team. That wipes out the "on sides kick" option.
I think you could require an actual punt in place of the kickoff. But to keep the on-sides kick like option, you have to allow for a fake punt. And to do that you have to have a 1st down line somewhere.
Actually, I think I might have just walked through the arc of their own thinking on this.
All of this assumes that something about the punt formation makes for a significantly lower risk for brain injuries than KO's. If that's not true, then either you need to be keeping the KO or getting rid of both KO and PR's.
Again, what does the data say?