Greg Schiano’s idea to end kickoffs is closer to coming to fruition

By Matt Sugam

When he was still the head coach at Rutgers, Greg Schiano proposed a radical idea. Eliminate kickoffs from college football.

The thought stemmed from the fact that Schiano saw one of his own players – Eric LeGrand – paralyzed on a kickoff against Army on October 16, 2010 at MetLife Stadium on a routine tackle.

It’s a sentiment Schiano took with him to the NFL as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, Schiano’s wishes may come to fruition.

In an interview in this week’s TIME Magazine, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is considering eliminating kickoffs. This comes a year after Goodell moved the kickoff up from the 30 to the 35-yard line for player safety.

Rather then of kickoffs, teams would line up on the 30-yard line and punt after scoring. Instead of onside kicks, the offense could go for it on what would essentially be a 4th and 15, turning the ball over on downs if the team does not pick up the 15 yards.

“I don’t do things for public relations,” Goodell said. “I do things because they’re the right thing to do, because I love the game.”