This has been some what of a debate for the last few years within the NFL. Should the NFL take away kickoffs?
Side question: If yes, what should they do in return?
My opinion: There is a really good YouTube named Jon Bois and he does stuff on his own channel and on SB Nation. He has a segment named Chart Party. It's a really good series, and I highly suggest you guys check it out. In one of his videos, he talks about kickoffs and how they are stupid and dumb. He makes some very good points and I agree with him on most of it. First, we know that kickoffs make up most of the injuries and that it's the most dangerous play in all of football. Another point he made was that they aren't that excited for the vast majority of the time. If it's not a touchback (that makes up half of all kickoff results), the returner only makes it to about around the 20 more or less on average. It's pretty rare when a big play happens. Another great point that he made is that no matter how far the returner gets to on the field, on average, it won't give them a higher likelihood of scoring. I won't go into this point as much because the video can explain it better if you watch it. So overall, getting rid of the kickoff sounds like a pretty good idea to me. There's just one problem. That would mean that they would have to take away the onside kick. Everyone knows the inside kick can be the turning point of a lot of games. It can also be a way just to embarrass a team if the kicking team is already up by so much. Usually it's for trying to get the back back at clutch times of the game however. Now the odds of a kicking team recovering an inside kick aren't very high. However, it's still very important to have it. If we didn't. A lot of game would not only be boring, but in a lot of cases, there wouldn't be a way for those teams to win. However, in the video, Bois named a solution to that problem. He pointed out that a coach who had a player end his career because of a injury during a kickoff had a good idea. Instead of a normal kickoff after a TD, the team that scored would be given a 4th and 15. With that, the line of scrimmage would be where the ball is usually kicked.