Since the rule change it is down to 6%. Even when Thomas on the Jets butterfingered the perfect onside kick, he had enough time to recover it. This really isn’t a viable way to get the ball back anymore. So how do we fix it?
Some say the NFL should adopt the defunct AAF’s one 4th and 15 play from the 30 to keep the ball. But personally, I think that is a bit too gadgety.
Instead I think the NFL should looks to another league, the AFL. (Not the one from the 1960’s). In Arena league, in the final two minutes, if the offensive team does not get positive yardage, the clock doesn’t run. It almost turns into the equivalent of an incomplete pass. Just think, no more dainty knee dunks by a human victory cigar. Instead, you have to earn your seconds off the clock.
If you want to, you can even say only lost yardage will turn into a clock stoppage. It would make a little harder for the defense to stop the clock, but at least know more kneel downs.
What say you Den?