Even if you’re a kicker, kickoffs are the most boring part of the NFL. They’ve only gotten more boring after the league moved the spot of the kick to the 35 yard line. It’s almost always a touchback, and the best you can hope for is a sarcastic applause when the kicker gets it between the uprights.
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker agrees that it’s boring, and he wants to change things up to make it more exciting. He thinks that if a kicker can get the ball between the uprights on a kick off, he should be awarded with a point instead of a joke celebration.
Via CSN Mid Atlantic:
“If we’re going to keep making the game harder for kickers, you gotta reward us in some way. The ownership, the Competition Committee, the NFL, they’re great at this give-take thing when (collective bargaining agreement) time comes around, maybe we can throw that one out there.
“Maybe you get a point for putting the ball through the uprights on a kickoff. I’d really appreciate that. Especially a day like today. You’re playing a close game, a division rival. Any points you can get, they’re hard to come by. If you can get ‘em like that, I’m all for it.”
Tucker’s coach John Harbaugh agrees with him:
“I’m on record advocating that should be a point. I’m serious now, kinda. Really, how exciting would that make it, for him to make these kickoff touchbacks so valuable? Let’s do it. Let’s go for it.”
It’s an interesting idea, but it’s probably not one that the league would consider. Implementing the point on kickoffs would require the league to rewrite most of the rules surrounding kick offs, which they won’t want to do. It would also raise problems for the already flawed Overtime system the NFL uses. If team A kicks the ball to team B and makes it through the uprights, do they still get a chance at offense if Team B only scores a field goal on their ensuing drive? Those are tough questions that would require big changes to the rules and lots of debate, which the NFL is almost certainly not interested in doing all to make kick offs slightly less boring.