When the NFL passed a rule change to kickoffs that is intended to limit the amount of injuries that happen, Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett made it known on Twitter that he wasn't a fan of the decision. Although he suffered a serious injury on a kickoff, he called the change "boring," which is a feeling shared by many football fans.
As you might have imagined, Lions returner Stefan Logan is also not a fan of the rule change, mainly because his role is greatly diminished by it.
"I understand how dangerous it is," Logan told the Free Press. "I'm on the kickoff team. I'm in the heart of all the soldiers and all the big guys down in there, so yes, I know what goes on down there. But at the same time, that's a part of football. We're not wishing that nobody gets hurt or goes down, but that's part of the game."
"I don't think that's fair for us as returners," he said. "That's taking away what we do, 'cause that's how we get paid, and that's how we make our name for ourselves returning kicks. ... So for them to put the ball up farther 5 yards, man, that's going to be so tough on us."
In addition to returning them, Logan also covers kicks for the Lions, so he's not lying when he says he understands how dangerous it is. That said, he also realizes that kickoffs are part of football, and to try and limit what returners can do in games is just lame. To his credit, Logan said regardless of the rules, he will continue to try to make something exciting happen, but there's no doubt it will be tougher with kickoffs coming from the 35-yard line.