Catch and release

Well, ain’t this something.

Seriously, if they’re gonna do that, why bother with kickoffs at all?  Just place the ball on the 25 and save us all the time.

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39 responses to “Catch and release

  1. HVL Dawg

    …. adding a little more excitement before the commercial break.

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  2. Bulldog Joe

    Damn. Where is Coach Fabris and Logan Gray when you need them?

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  3. Kevin

    Efforts to further wussify the game. Let’s just go padless, and straight to flag football and get if over with.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    CMR will lament the end of directional kicks.

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  5. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I hope “proposed” means it might not pass. Dumb rule, imo.

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  6. Mayor

    The kicking game is an integral part of football IMHO and I include punts as well as kickoffs. If we are going to not have kick-offs we need to not have punts either for the same safety concerns. So lets just have the entire game be like OT where you put the ball on the opponent’s 25 yard line and alternate all game long.

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  7. About the only reason to still have kickoffs is to allow for onside kicks.

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    • Macallanlover

      I think you are right about that. I can see the logic of placing the ball on the 25, traditional or not. Most kickoffs end up there anyway, and the idea of 11 guys running full speed 60 yards to collide with the other 11 is an unnecessary risk for what occurs on most kicks. But the chance to get the ball back with a successful onside kick is pretty significant as the end of the game nears, it probably will remain.

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  8. Biggen

    I don’t understand. Who fair catches a KO? A punt I understand, but a KO?

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  9. PTC DAWG

    How often do you see a fair catch inside the 25 on a kickoff?

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  10. Cojones

    The fog on this one is too thick. This is the first rule change for safety that just doesn’t fit the bill for a game called football. Would rather they have auto shock absorbers attached to shoulder pads with a neck brace in between. At least it would be humorous to watch them go “Boing!- Boing!” before attempting to run.

    The next move will be to declare the game too dangerous to play.

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    • Tony Barnhart- Mr! CFB

      Im not sure how bad it will be. the in game flow will definitely SUCK. The only thing this really does is make everything inside about the 7 or 8 a touchback, if you consider that way fewer fair catches will be called anyway the closer you get in statistical probability that the return man will best the 25 yard line. They’re drying to prevent the driving kick not hit quite deep enough that pits the opponents a mile apart, but most kickers aren’t good enough to do the high goal line pin anyway (that will be an unfortunate loss in this instance)

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  11. Gaskilldawg

    Predictably a certain group complains that football as we know it is doomed.

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    • Yea, armchair tough guys who would rather see the game disappear than change.

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    • ugafidelis

      I’d say those short, directional kickoffs played a major factor in us winning the Rose Bowl don’t ya think? And the same can be said about the championship game too.

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    • There are ways to keep the kick-off as an integral part of the game while improving the safety of the game. Field position management is an important part of the game for defenses especially in today’s game of where the rules of play are so tilted to the offense that defenses need every advantage they can earn. On the flip side, there is no more electric play in the game than a kick return for a TD. You’ll never see these again:


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  12. Chapindawg

    Technically, isn’t the receiving teams goal line on the far end of the field? Shouldn’t it say kicking teams goal line and the 25.

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    • piper

      nah. i think you protect your own goal line and score on the other team’s. that’s how i’ve always thought of it at least.

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  13. Former Fan

    Wonder what happens if you fair catch it in the endzone. LOL! Some of these rules are fascinating in how they try to communicate. Should have said the back of the endzone. 🙂

    At some point, the kickoff will probably go the way of the dodo bird. Just give the KO team the option of kicking it or letting the opposing team have the ball on the 25.

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  14. This is actually a pretty good compromise proposal. A player has the ability to decide to attempt the return or not and the ball must be fielded cleanly.

    I suggest that we change the touchback rule as follows:

    1) A kick through the end zone or not fielded cleanly in the end zone results in the ball being placed on the 20.
    2) A kick fielded cleanly in the end zone and immediately downed results in the ball being placed on the 25. If the player attempts a run back and then downs it, the ball is placed on the 20.
    3) A clean fair catch in the field of play inside the 20 results in the ball being placed on the 20.
    4) Move everything up 5 yards if the kickoff follows a field goal instead of a touchdown.

    First, it keeps the kickoff relevant in the game.
    Second, it rewards teams for scoring TDs rather than kicking FGs.
    Third, it rewards teams with good kicking.
    Fourth, it encourages players to field kicks cleanly.

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    • BMan

      I get the spirit of your suggestions, EE, but would worry that they leave too much open for interpretation and thus another review (and delay) the same way they look at what is a catch. So perhaps it could be if the ball is downed in the endzone or kicked through the endzone, it’s placed on the 20. Fair caught inside the 25, it’s placed on the 25. Caught in the endzone and brought out, you’re returning the kick as usual, so there’s no bringing it out and downing it for an extra 5 yards. This at least rewards a kicker for deep kicks by spotting it on the 20 instead of the 25.

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      • A catch is that the ball doesn’t hit the ground after being touched by the returner, but I could go along with your comments as well. I want the kick-off to remain a relevant play in the game.

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        • 69Dawg

          Well the NFL used to say that it was a catch if the player caught the ball and made a “football move” with the ball in his possession. Once that happened if the player lost the ball it was a fumble. Now who knows. The best change I’ve heard put forward was for the boundaries to be treated differently than the playing field. If a player catches the ball and is in bounds but immediately goes out of bounds or if he catches the ball and the ball then breaks the plane of the goal before he is down, it is a catch period. What happens after that is not relevant because the ball would be dead at that point.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Only the NFL can screw up a call if a catch is a catch.

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  15. 69Dawg

    Somewhere I read that the old Rutgers coach after his player was paralyzed on a kick made a suggestion. I think he said to give, what would be the kicking team, the ball on their 35 yard line with a 4th and 15. They could then either go for a 1st down or punt. Kick offs would be gone but the “kicking” team would still have the opportunity to retain the ball if they could make the 4th and 15. Punts have been shown to be safer than kickoffs.

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  16. Cojones

    I wonder if a kicker could kick a low flyer that hits just before the 25-yd line and bounces like an on-sides kick? Ball would be in play and hard to handle with a crowd coming. If it’s a pooch kick, the receiver could still call fair catch and down the ball past the 25; if too short and if kicked past the 25 and caught, it still would be moved to the 25 or beyond to where the catch occurs.

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  17. Brandon

    Terrible idea.

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  18. Otto

    I have said before I expect the game to be destroyed soon and I UGA wins a few national titles before I turn the game, the clock is ticking.

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  19. Joe

    Absolutely garbage. I can’t tell you how many times last year we watched Hot Rod bang it out he back until we really needed a defensive advantage later in the game, at which point he’d drop the ball inside the 5 with hangtine and our coverage would stop the carrier inside the 20. Like clockwork.

    This is taking a serious advantage away from teams with good kickers and well coached coverage teams. Wait, did I just say that?

    These rules are getting ridiculous.

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