Wow, how many more times do I have to listen to announcers complain about the lack of returns during kickoffs? Start thinking outside the box, guys. NFL coaches will adapt. Hopefully the Bills' ST coach Bruce DeHaven is an early innovator on this, because there are going to be some big plays associated with the new spot. I really don't think it's going to be a "throw-away play."
The kickoff is a live ball. Some creative team is gonna start floating super high spinners down to the 15 yard line, and with the coverage team 5 yards closer, you might see a kickoff being fielded by the kickoff team. Even if the receiving team can get under it and fair catch it (I think we discussed they can do that,) you have established good field position.
I've mentioned this possibility before. Now with the new rule, I'm pretty sure we will see some new ways of kicking off. I'm not sure if it's possible to get a football to do what I'm imagining, but it's not that far of a stretch.
I can see the NFL changing the rule back next year, but isn't it better to get creative about it than just whine all game long?