After only one week of preseason games, a ton is already being made about the new NFL kickoff rule. It is no secret that the rule change was put into effect to protect players and increase the amount of touchbacks. An increased number of touchbacks means a decrease in high speed collisions. There is one way the NFL could eliminate kick returns altogether, and that would be to eliminate kickoffs. According to Bill Belichick, that is the direction the league hopes to head in.
According to Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com, Belichick hinted on Monday that the NFL intends to eliminate kickoffs altogether. When pressed further, the Patriots coach basically said it was a fact and not his opinion.
“That’s what they told us,” he said hastily. “I’m not speaking for anyone else. That’s what they told us, that they want to eliminate the play.”