By Danny Cox
In the NFL, there are those news days that reports come out of nowhere and have serious implications on player safety, game rules, and the history of professional football. Then, there are those days that news is of the random and just downright bizarre. Every once and again though, there are days when there is news coming from both categories.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, was one of those days.
NFL to consider eliminating kickoffs
There are a number of plays in the NFL that can bring about great injury to numerous players every time they are executed. As a matter of fact, every single play could cause serious injury as the sport of professional football is one that is overly violent and even vicious at times.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL have tried to come up with numerous ways to make the game of professional football safer for the players. One of those ways was when the league moved the kickoff from the 30- to the 35-yard line in order to cut down on the number of brutal collisions.
Now, the NFL is seriously considering doing away with kickoffs entirely.
An idea that has been tossed around is one that was developed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano. Goodell and the head of the league’s competition committee, Rich McKay, are looking into it.
Schiano’s idea is that instead of a kickoff, a team would get the ball at its own 30-yard line in a fourth-and-15 situation. From there, the team would then punt the ball away or, to replace an onside kick, could go for it. If they failed to get a first down, the opposing team would start with fantastic field position.
While there may need to be some tweaks and changes to the idea, the NFL is going to consider it so that player safety can be made even stronger.
Vikings LB Chad Greenway wants fans to get super-drunk for Bears’ game
With the playoff hopes of the Minnesota Vikings being on the line this Sunday against the Chicago Bears, the game needs to be taken very seriously. All players are doing so, including Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway who wants the Metrodome fans to get “super-duper drunk.”
Greenway believes that this will actually help boost the Vikings home-field advantage.
“We have to play accordingly and our fans have to show up accordingly, which we know they will. Hopefully, they’re super-duper drunk. … So drink liquor, not beer,” he said after Minnesota’s loss to Green Bay last Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.
With only four games remaining in the season, the Vikings sit at 6-6 and trail the 8-4 Bears by two games in the NFC North.
Greenway even advised fans to start drinking early since the game is scheduled for a noon kickoff time. Of course, once he started to feel a little heat for his suggestion, Greenway backed off a little bit.
“Obviously, I could have used some more responsible words,” Greenway said. “I think the people that know me, the beat writers included, know that I said that sort of tongue-in-cheek.
“I just wanted the fans at home to be loud like they always are. I think just trying to drive that point home I probably got a little loose with my words. Obviously, I should have been a little more responsible with it. It was said, so what do you do?”
Sometimes, all it takes is just the words of one of their leaders to get the fans pumped up even more. Maybe the Viking fans won’t even need to alcohol in order to make the Metrodome seem like a twelfth man on Sunday.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.