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 Post subject: More Touchbacks?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:26 pm 
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NCAA proposal for fair catches inside the 25 to be placed at the 25

http://www.espn.com/college-football/st ... cks-easier

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NCAA proposal for fair catches inside the 25 to be placed at the 25

http://www.espn.com/college-football/st ... cks-easier
Where does it end? It's an unsafe game, period. If they are serious about making it "safe," then just don't play the game. Or do it virtually, on computers.

Our society has regressed appallingly in the last few decades.


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Roller wrote:
Our society has regressed appallingly in the last few decades.

Said everyone over age 35, ever.


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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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I just saw a series of “what it was like growing up in the 60s” charts. Hilarious. My parents would have been arrested nowadays. Giant station wagon which may or may not have had seat belts stuffed under the upholstery. Father smoked 2 packs a day of Pall Mall unfiltered so I should be manifesting second hand lung cancer any day now. Nearly fractured my skull riding my banana bike down a steep hill without a helmet...what helmet? There were no bike helmets! Sleepovers outside which usually ended up at at ocean cove burning driftwood at 2am. Launched model rockets unsupervised and nearly decapitated one of the younger siblings. Rode bikes several miles each way to school over rural roads with no means of tracking comings and goings. Skated on half frozen ponds and occasionally broke through the ice.

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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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Our society has regressed appallingly in the last few decades.

Said everyone over age 35, ever.


+1 Pete. Times a thousand.


That said, I will say, if they want to make it where no one EVER returns a kickoff, why not just skip the kick off and put the ball on the 25? I know, I know, it takes away the surprise onside kick. But otherwise.....

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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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Punters are people too (due to results over recent years here we may have forgotten this). Taking this aspect out of the game will severely impact the effect having a great punter can have on your chances of winning. The teams with elite punters almost never give up returns anyway. So instead of rewarding the talent it takes to hit a high sideline angled punt with backspin inside of your 50, you're just going to have punters booting the ball into the first row out the back of the endzone.

Special teams plays are still the most dangerous in the sport, but even if they think this is the least terrible solution it is still going to make people mad. The NCAA's problem-solving abilities (or lack thereof) remain inexplicable.

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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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1309—. Sorry for not being clear, rule would just be for kickoffs.

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Oh. You only ever see fat guys/upbacks fair catch on kickoffs and they're usually well past the 25. Kickoffs are even more dangerous than punts but I have yet to see a solution that also doesn't suck. The skill of being able to float a kickoff just outside the EZ so your coverage can tackle the returner inside the 25 still applies but far fewer teams have the ability to do that.

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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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The idea is more will call a fair catch if it moves to 25

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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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It's basically countering Bellichek's kickoff strategy to have his kicker pop it up to the 2 or 3. At some point last year, I saw that they were saving a somewhere around 3 or 4 yards of field position over touchbacks to the 25. I doubt there's any college kickers good enough to use that as a strategy.


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NCAA approves biggest change yet to kickoff rule
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... koff-rule/

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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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I just saw a series of “what it was like growing up in the 60s” charts. Hilarious. My parents would have been arrested nowadays. Giant station wagon which may or may not have had seat belts stuffed under the upholstery. Father smoked 2 packs a day of Pall Mall unfiltered so I should be manifesting second hand lung cancer any day now. Nearly fractured my skull riding my banana bike down a steep hill without a helmet...what helmet? There were no bike helmets! Sleepovers outside which usually ended up at at ocean cove burning driftwood at 2am. Launched model rockets unsupervised and nearly decapitated one of the younger siblings. Rode bikes several miles each way to school over rural roads with no means of tracking comings and goings. Skated on half frozen ponds and occasionally broke through the ice.

It’s a wonder I made it out of childhood.

Exactly.


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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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NCAA approves biggest change yet to kickoff rule
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... koff-rule/

Reason number 5,287 why I love my wife: "what, next are they gonna just remove tackling and make it touch football?"


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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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If the goal is to one day get rid of kickoffs, then do it now. Why delay what seems to be coming? Special teams will one day be a thing of the past (except for kicking field goals).


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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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Who wants to see anyone get hurt? But as a selfish Tulane fan, I guess I should be in favor of any rule change that lessens impact of special teams where Tulane has been admittedly under achieving since Santos left. But is it "better" football for all concerned including fans? I doubt it.


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If the goal is to one day get rid of kickoffs, then do it now. Why delay what seems to be coming? Special teams will one day be a thing of the past (except for kicking field goals).

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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
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“The Football Rules Committee made the proposal to continue efforts to increase the number of touchbacks during kickoffs since fewer injuries occur during kickoffs that result in touchbacks than on kickoffs that are returned,” the NCAA said.

Now there's a surprise.

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 Post subject: Re: More Touchbacks?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:48 pm 
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You're going to get more line drive kicks hitting around the 15 or 20 with resultant mad scrambles and piles. I see unforseen consequences

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