Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by dio, Feb 24, 2012.
25yd touchback? That is just wrong.
Agreed. This is moronic.
Count me as happy with the 25-yard line for touchbacks. It might actually make teams use strategy on kickoffs.
Don't like the 25 yard line for touchbacks. If the NCAA wants to limit the danger of kickoffs pushing where a team kicks off up 5 yards and keeping it at the 20 is fine.
I do suspect a lot of teams will kneel it more often, but I could also see teams that kickoff to be more likely to pooch it.
****. they should just not even kick off then
Won't this encourage more kick off returns? Moving the touch back out to the 25 decreases the kicking team's desire to kick through the endzone, and moving the line up to the 35 makes it easier to kick moon balls that land somewhere within the five yard line (easier to kick the ball there inside the field of play, and easier for the kick coverage to get to the ball carrier).
They've incentivized the kicking team to want the other team to have to return the ball.
Exactly Wispy. I think the rule change justification is flawed, but it might make it more exciting for fans in the end.
Same thing with touchbacks coming off punts?
No, only free kicks are affected by the rule change.
yes, the high pop up kick off will lead to even more spectacular hits on guys who aren't expecting the ball on the 15 yard line!
This will have an impact on the game. The premium won't be on kickers who can boom the ball out of the end zone anymore. It will be on guys who can drop the ball consistently on the 5 yard line with a high trajectory. I'm really not sure how this makes the players any safer, though.
I really think it is a mistake to try to draw a priori conclusions about how the 25-yard-touchback change will affect the number of returns. While it certainly does incentivize teams to try to not kick touchbacks, it may also virtually eliminate returns originating in the endzone. Apparently, the NCAA believes the net effect will be to reduce the number of returns. In fact, because they are changing two rules simultaneously, it will be essentially impossible to tell whether 25 yard touchbacks increase or decrease returns.
With the amount of sustained injuries that have happened on KOs over the past few years it wouldn't surprise me if they eventually eliminated it. It'll start with HS, but will trickle up to the NFL. As a fan I love KOs and the excitement about them, but I also realize people are getting seriously injured and something may need to be done.
Uhh guys ... as I read the rule change the 25 yard touchback is effective ONLY ON FREE KICKS ... i.e., after a SAFETY ... not on regular kickoffs.
And since a free kick (after a safety) is conducted from the team's 20 yard line, how many touchbacks are really gonna happen?
On a side note, moving the kickoff up 5 yards and limiting the kicking team to a 5 yard (vice 10) running start, might make for some interesting plays.
We should be well positioned :smile2:
I think select teams will try the pooch but the vast majority of teams, e.g., CU, will still kick away. 5 out of 80 yards isn't that big of a deal (10% rule).
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