While discussing the new rules for kickoffs, coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots branched off into another subject, as detailed in this story on Yahoo! Sports.â†µ
Belichick is of the opinion that extra points in the NFL are so routine as to be "non-plays" and should be eliminated, or at least made a little more difficult.â†µ
"Philosophically, plays that are non-plays shouldn't be in the game. I don't think it is good for the game. Extra points, when the odds are 99 percent range in extra points it is not a play. Let's move the ball back to the 15-20 yard line and not make it a tap in. Let them kick it. Same thing with the kickoff return, if you're just going to put the ball on the 20, put the ball on the 20.", Belichick said.â†µ
Kickoff returns are (or used to be) capable of being among the most exciting plays in a game, but if the NFL is determined to see that injuries be cut down by making touchbacks the norm, then let's just eliminate another "non-play" and put the ball in the playing field, at the 20, or the 30...or wherever.â†µ
I might not like the new kickoff rules, but what I like even less is watching 22 guys react to what Belichick so rightly sees as a "non-play" much more often than not under the new way of doing things.â†µ
We could at least "kick" the idea around, yes?