Don Banks of Sports Illustrated takes a closer look at the league’s new kickoff proposal that came under scrutiny by NFL coaches during the owners’ meeting in New Orleans.
Banks said a possible compromise that might arise is keeping touchbacks coming out to the 20-yard line, but moving kickoffs back up to the 35-yard line (the previous spot until 1994), disallowing any wedge blocks and not allowing any cover man to line up more than five yards past the kickoff line in the name of player safety.
The league feels fewer kickoff returns and more touchbacks would drop the injury rate
Initially, the proposal included moving touchbacks to the 25-yard-line in order to limit the number of kickoffs because the league is concerned with the number of heavy collisions that take place during the play. The committee also considered eliminated kickoffs all together, which rankled several coaches.
Committee chairman Rick McKay, Atlanta Falcons team president, expects a vote on the proposal to take place some time today.
With Seattle re-signing explosive returner Leon Washington over the offseason, the Seahawks are likely in favor of keeping the rule as it is.
ESPN’s Trent Dilfer says TCU’s Andy Dalton would be a good fit for Seattle in this draft preview video.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that kicker Norm Johnson has been selected to Seattle’s 35th anniversary team.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer provides more information on the Kevin Kolb trade speculation, talking with Eagles president Joe Banner, who says even more teams are interested in Kolb this year. Seattle and Cleveland reportedly made offers for Kolb last year but were rebuffed by the Eagles.
Les Bowman of the Philadelphia Daily News suggests the Eagles could have a deal in place in case the lockout is lifted so they are ready to act quickly.
According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team would consider Kolb as part of the solution to the quarterback issue if he becomes available, but ideally Minnesota would like to draft and develop a quarterback.
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, now has Seattle selecting Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey in his latest mock draft.