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4th & 15 Replacing Onside Kicks???

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I’m with everyone who’d like to see the old kick-off rules reinstated so that the play is fun again. 

I’m a little torn on this proposal. On the one hand, I think that it would be a very exciting play. On the other, I think it would be another case of the rich getting richer. The teams with powerhouse offenses would have one more tool in their toolbox. Belichick will do something with it year one that’ll bring the rules committee back to the table next year to fix the thing he exploited. 

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43 minutes ago, jetstream23 said:

What about a penalty for an automatic 1st down on that 4th and 15?  That's one thing that would irk me is a team using this new "onside kick" method and having a debatable holding call or something create an automatic conversion that lets a team retain possession of the ball.

This is a great point. My first thought was that you could just make a defensive penalty on the play a non-call do-over, but then you’re giving the defense a free pass to commit penalties to prevent the first down. Ugh. 

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