Willie Martinez makes an excellent point about one aspect of the new kickoff rule:
Since the kickoff is at the 30, then a celebration penalty will push the line of scrimmage to the 15-yard line, which means even an average return likely would give the offense the ball across midfield.
“Field position is huge,” Martinez said. “You get a 15-yard personal foul penalty after a touchdown, then all of the sudden you’re kicking off at the 15. That’s something that could hurt us.”
A kickoff from the 15? I can’t wait to see the first time this happens in a game this year. Some coach will go postal over it when it does – it’s just a question about whether it will directed towards a player or a referee.