In an effort to make kickoffs safer, the
The new rules would make it easier for kickers to boot the ball into the end zone, and the extra five yards tacked on to touchbacks would encourage returners to take a knee in their end zone.
The new rules would also neutralize the field-position advantage the
Sure, with five fewer yards between him and the opposing team's goal line, Cundiff would have a chance to set a new touchback standard next season if he assaulted the ball like he did in 2010. But the changes would make it less advantageous for Cundiff to boom the ball out of the back of the end zone, and a shorter field means that other kickers will be booting it like Billy, too.