June 13, 2024

NFL Kicks Idea for New Rule to Eliminate Onside Kick to No Avail

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NFL teams reject proposal for fourth-and-20 onside kick alternative

The NFL has once again voted down an alternative to the onside kick. The Eagles proposed a new rule that would have allowed teams to line up their offense on the field on fourth-and-20 instead of kicking off, but it was rejected at a league meeting. Under the proposed rule, teams that scored a touchdown or field goal would have had the option to take the ball at their own 20-yard line and face a fourth-and-20. If the scoring team converted the fourth-and-20, they would have kept possession of the ball.

The NFL’s primary concern moving forward is deciding what to do with the kickoff itself, as the league is contemplating a shift towards a low-impact kickoff rule similar to what was previously used in the XFL. Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay acknowledged the resistance to changes in traditional rules but stated that discussions about more onside kick alternatives will happen in the future.

The league will need to determine the kickoff rules for the 2024 season before potentially revisiting onside kick rules. No alternatives have been approved yet. Despite this setback, many players and coaches continue to push for changes to make recovering onside kicks more feasible and reduce injuries associated with traditional kickoffs.

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