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Old 12-10-2012, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I would think punt returns would be more dangerous. On punts you have 8 or 9 guys barreling down full speed on one man usually by himself who has to just stand there and wait for the football to come down. Granted, they can call for a fair catch, but still, if they do make a return, they usually don't have an army of blockers in front of them like on a kickoff return.
There ya go.. in a nutshell. The return men are NOT getting injured, the blockers are..
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Chris Mortensen of ESPN says the possibility of removing kickoffs is 100%.

He (Goodell) says high speed collisions are the most dangerous aspect of football. Proposal from the Bucs coach is to take over at the 30 yd.line after a TD or FG.

What say you?
What a stupid idea, let's turn everyone, especially football players into little children again and make everything safe..How about just trading football in for Jacks. Maybe they could play jacks on a hard surface and we could have playoff competition. of course the surface can't be too hard cause they may hit their hands on the surface and skin them a little...
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:40 PM
 
Location: A great city, by a Great Lake!
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What a stupid idea, let's turn everyone, especially football players into little children again and make everything safe..How about just trading football in for Jacks. Maybe they could play jacks on a hard surface and we could have playoff competition. of course the surface can't be too hard cause they may hit their hands on the surface and skin them a little...

2 special teams players from the Cleveland Browns were NOT in favor of the idea. Phil Dawson, being one of them. The other, return ace Josh Cribbs. He basically said that if they do that then the NFL might as well call themselves something else, and that they may as well just turn it into flag football. He also said that it will be more or less entertainment than a sport and that they might as well broadcast the games on MTV. It's not quoted verbatim, but I read their comments in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. I echo their sentiments! DO NOT REMOVE kick offs from the game!
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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If they do this I'm probably done watching NFL. Might as well turn it into a two-hand touch league.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:56 PM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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Just out of curiosity, who here has actually been a special teams player on a kickoff and experienced the type of hits that happen?
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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Just out of curiosity, who here has actually been a special teams player on a kickoff and experienced the type of hits that happen?
In high school, I was on special teams and got laid out pretty bad a couple of times. Never been speared or had helmet to helmet contact though.

Our coach did like to hit his whistle on our helmets and that was pretty rough.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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Within the past few years there was a report hypothesizing that helmets cause more injuries than they do offer protection. One of the theories was that the helmet gives players a sense of immortality and they think they'll be safe and are more likely to perform more vicious hits or use the helmet.

It works in rugby.

see also: face shields in ice hockey, and the monstrous , hard-molded plastic elbow pads etc. , and the generally larger, bulkier, harder equipment for every part of the body.

you feel invincible and can pound away on somebody without ever hurting yourself.


look at the average NFL player nowadays, no thigh/knee pads, the shoulder pads for all players, running backs and safeties included, have gotten so small. Go back and look at pictures of Eric Dickerson, Ronnie Lott, Earl Campbell, Walter Payton.

the biggest, hardest, most damaging thing they wear is the helmet, The helmet hasn't gotten smaller or softer, it's remained the same. And we wonder why this is all happening!

but b/c the NFL is so good at marketing they have the average football fan convinced that if they were to take the helmets off or have a padded soft helmet that they'd get killed. not true. same thing with pads.

how can rugby players or aussie rules footballers play their games without pads. Don't tell me NFL players hit harder or are "tougher" , because they are not.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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Yep, youtube an Aussie football game; those things are completely nuts. I'm sure guys get injured, but I highly doubt there are so many severe injuries as there are in the NFL.
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