NFL NEWS AT YOUWAGER: NO MORE KICKOFFS?

NFL players oppose NFL Commissioner’s proposal

The eight teams in the NFL playoffs at the end of the 2012 NFL football wagering season made it that far with the help of their special teams. This, according to a YouWager news source, is one of the reasons that Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the NFL has suggested eliminating kickoffs.

Jacoby Jones, a return specialist for the Baltimore Ravens got pretty mad when he heard about this. Jones returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this year. He told YouWager’s source, “I’m going to retire. I will go (ballistic). … If they take out kickoffs, they’re going to hate me in this league.”

As a top football betting expert at YouWager reminds, this idea is only a suggestion at this point. Goodell said the NFL would consider abolishing kickoffs in the offseason for safety reasons. But any players are very opposed to the idea.

Britton Colquitt, a punter for the Denver Broncos, says football would be boring without the kickoff. “I haven’t found anybody that likes the idea, because, first of all, the sport is called football, so you can’t keep taking the foot part of it out,” Denver Broncos punter said. “It would also be really confusing if they were like, ‘Stay tuned for kickoff,’ and there was no kickoff, you know? What are they going to say, ‘Stay tuned for the start of the game?”

Removing kickoffs would also get rid of the option of the onside kick. The New Orleans Saints used it rally against the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl three years ago. Supporters insist that taking away kickoffs would take away some style from the game.

Out of the 13 kickoff-return touchdowns in the 2012 NFL football betting season, 7 came from teams that made it to the playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens, the Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Players admit that changing the official rules, like banning the blocking wedge, moving the kickoff up five yards, reducing the number of players that can line up on one side of the ball for an onside kick has, in fact, decreased the total number of collision injuries, but now the players seem to think that the league may be going to far with this one.

Colquitt, Baltimore’s punter, told YouWager’s source, “If you’ve got to do something about it, if you still feel like it’s injuries, then move it up to the 40 and then it’s like 99 percent of the time it’s going to be a touchback. But you even see the returners, they’re returning the ball from deeper in the end zone than they used to because they want to return it. They’re not out there in fear for their life, they’re not saying, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ ”

YouWager’s NFL expert says there were 8 100-yard kickoff-return touchdowns in the 2012 season. That’s more than any season in NFL history.

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