So there's the popular (and true) notion that a bunch of non-football guys are making changes to the sport. Guys that never played pro or even college ball, etc. Knowing this, a certain piece of Don Banks's recent article was extremely interesting, at least imo. Below:
Once the league's head coaches got a hold of the kickoff rule change proposal that the competition committee introduced here, it was pretty clear that bringing touchbacks out to the 25-yard line wasn't going to fly. The coaches quickly pointed out that teams would find it almost irresistible to try to lob the ball inside the 5-yard line in an effort to pin return man deep, thus not bringing about the desired effect of more touchbacks and more player safety.
"Everybody was just going to try and hang the ball inside the 25 rather than just give them the touchback, and you'd probably end up with the return men taking even more contact than before,'' one head coach said. "It wasn't going to work the way they thought it would work.''
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/03/22/owners-meetings/index.html#ixzz1HOfuG1kK