Report: Support Growing for Proposed Onside Kick Alternative

May 21, 2020 - 2:09 pm

A rule change established after the 2017 season prevented players from getting a running start on kickoffs. One of the major effects was that onside kicks became a whole lot harder.

They weren't easy to begin with, but according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, the difficulty increased drastically. Success, Smith said, fell from 21% to 6% after the rules were established.

However, it appears the NFL is working on a solution. NFL reporter Tom Pelissero reported Thursday that the league had sent rule change proposals to each team, and among the ideas was an alternative to the onside kick for teams looking to get the ball back.

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