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Wide Right! Is the NFL Becoming Arena Football?


On the opening kickoff of the Redskins vs. Ravens preseason game, the kick sailed well beyond the endzone.  ESPN's play-by-play announcer, John Saunders, promptly said "Wide Right."

The new kickoff rule has stirred up a firestorm of controversy.  Special Teams coaches are still coming to grips with formulating strategies on both sides of the ball.

Gone are the 10-15 yard running starts by the wedge busters.  In fact, gone is the 5-7 player wedge.

We've seen a number of offsides penalties.  This penalty is hardly punitive.  Teams simply revert to what they are accustomed to:  Kicking from the 30 yard line.

Kickers are working overtime on getting enough hang time that their kicks will come to earth at the goal line.  

Receiving units are wrestling with the odds of returning a kick from 4, 5 and even 6 yards deep in the endzone.

That "Wide Right." call by Saunders set off an interesting, albeit bizarre train of thought.  What if a team was awarded one point for splitting the uprights?  The receiving team would be compensated by getting the ball on the 25 yard line.

Also, what would happen if that offsides penalty was 10 yards?  Offsides would promptly disappear would be my guess.

Crazy, right?  Yeah.  the only thing missing would be dasher boards.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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