From a Bengals fan's point of view I'm a bit biased about the NFL competition committees idea of getting rid of the kickoff altogether by adding a new way of starting of games, plays after scoring, and after the half. Would taking the kickoff out of the game really cut down on injuries and concussions? The scientific research has not reached a point yet to prove it. There is some factors that haven't even been thought out yet. What do teams do when they are done multiple scores? When a team scores, the other team automatically gets the ball at their own 30 yard line. It also takes out of the game, some of the fastest and most elusive guy's place in the game. It also would take guys that could be the next Steve Tasker or other famous special teams players out of the league. I just think the minds of the NFL are starting to take the little elements of the game that make it what it really is. How fun would it be to watch an NFL game where with two minutes left in the game, your favorite team scores to bring the game to a one score deficit, just to hand the ball to the other team, and watch them take a knee three times to end the game.
I hate this idea. If it is a change that is made, I won't quit watching football, but it won't be as exciting, and it will be hard to compare it to games of the past where kickoffs, onside kicks, and other variables were game changers. So what is the point of the NFL making this change if every high school in America, along with all the colleges in America, still continue to use the kickoff? Just stop the insanity now. Someone draw together a petition and send it to the NFL headquarters, every NFL front office, and all the media outlets. Don't let the people who no longer of ever did play in the NFL. Someone draw it up! I'd be glad to sign it.