Houston (CBS Houston) – The NFL’s new touchback rule could change the way kickoffs are executed.
During the NFL Annual Meeting, owners voted to move touchbacks on kickoffs to the 25-yard line in an effort to reduce kick returns, which is viewed as one of the most dangerous plays in football.
Some veteran kickers and NFL coaches don’t think that the number of kickoff returns will necessarily shrink, as the owners perceive.
“Maybe the NFL thinks they’re going to limit returns with the new rule, but I don’t know. We’ll have to see how that plays out, there may be more directional type kicks to try and funnel the coverage into a corner of the field. These kickers are so skilled at being able to place the ball in certain areas on the field,” Bill O’Brien said.
The Texans currently have a battle for their kicker spot between veteran Nick Novak and rookie Ka’imi Fairbairn. Usually kicker jobs in the league are won based soleny on who is a better field goal kicker, but perhaps the new touchback rule provides a new way to watch the kicker battle unfold.