The NFL Onside Kick is one of the most exciting things in the game of football. An onside kick usually occurs with less than two minutes in a football game when a team is trailing by eight points or less.
The kicker has to place the ball in a good spot, so his teammates can get it and recover it. The problem is, the onside kick has become impossible because of the rules of the game.
It is also important to have a very good hands team and also, the ball must go at least 10 yards before the kicking team recovers unless someone from the opposing team touches it first, and then they can recover the fumble.
Here is the thing that is potentially going to happen with the onside kick and I am not a huge fan of it, to be honest. Teams will have the potential option of going for it on a 4th-and-15. It will be an untimed down. This is going to take special teams strategies right out of the game.
Special teams are one of the three phases of the game and I don’t like it because it would defeat the whole purpose of the game. We will see if this would happen, but the rule would benefit powerhouse offenses like the Kansas City Chiefs, the Baltimore Ravens, the Seattle Seahawks, the Tennessee Titans, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Green Bay Packers.
Teams like the Chicago Bears, the Carolina Panthers. the Washington Redskins and the Jacksonville Jaguars could be at a disadvantage because they don’t have good quarterbacks.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings also have very good offenses.
The Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets, the New York Giants, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are hit or miss, along with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.
The offense is the heartbeat of the NFL. The defense isn’t there like it used to be in the NFL. I hope the NFL doesn’t go this route with the onside kick.
It would be a mistake and it would be a potentially unfair advantage for a ton of teams that are bad offensively and that are just dominant offensively. Keep the integrity of the game the same in all three phases of the game.
I understand that the NFL also caters to the offense. But at the same time, we can’t see every game being 50-42 and it is not good either. We should be seeing games like 27-24 or like 25-22. That is more like it because defensive coordinators won’t lose their minds.
It would also potentially get special teams coordinators out of jobs, which I don’t think is very good.
We will see what happens moving down the line here.
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