The Onside Kick & You


Anybody have any feelings on any potential changes you would offer to the onside kick?

Are you a total purist that wants to hold onto the rule?

Currently, the best idea I’ve seen so far is the 4th & 15 at your own 35:


Only has to go 8 yards instead of 10.

Or, a football embedded with spikes and thorns.


I wish we would just get it over with and change the NFL over to soccer…


Maybe flip a coin in lieu of the onside kick…no one should get injured…just sayin.


Why play at all? Let girls play. Put them all in dresses. Freakin’ jerks.
It’s football not a square dance.


So Yooper, you’re in favor of keeping it the way it is?


The less we kick the ball, the more ridiculous the name “football” becomes.


I mean, 4th & 15 sounds more exciting IMO.


I’m open to anything that makes it a meaningful play again. If player safety means the old way is out, then something like what Denver is proposing is worth looking in to.


I’ve got it! Replace the onside kick with a 4th down Hail Mary from midfield. It’s fair because every team understands how to defend against one and-

Shit. Never mind.


I like the 4th and 15 the only real problem is…pass interference or defensive holding. The onus of an onside kick is really on the kicking team. you change that to a 4th and 15 and it really flips to the receiving team having all the pressure, IMO.


Owners didn’t approve any change to the kickoff rule.


OK? …and?


Oh I sorry I thought this was a thread on proposed changes to the kickoff rules.

My bad, your grace.


I was just trying to understand your point, dude.

Since the point was to get everyone’s ideas on it, I did not understand the context of your comment, but whatever.


Sorry I sullied your thread with an actual fact, so yeah.


Dude, chill out. I was never upset man, I was literally just asking for more context. Jesus.


Girls, girls… Let’s calm down…


So would be a sumo style contest at the center of the field, winner gets the ball.

I don’t want the odds to get better for the team that lost the game to pull it out of their a$$. This gives unfair advantage to pass happy teams.



I don’t understand why they don’t let guys get a running start for the onside. Make it a rule that the ball has to bounce within 10 yards or it’s a penalty if the kicking team gets a running start.

The 4th and 15 idea is interesting but there’s too much crap that can happen in that situation, namely penalties. Like a defensive holding automatically gives you the ball back? And they only get to do the 4th and 15 once per game and if you’re behind. It’s a good start to something different but I don’t think they’ve thought it all of the way through.