REAR ENTRIES: Ch-ch-changes
December 07, 2012 at 12:29pm by Scott • 16 Comments »
NO MORE KICKOFFS?: This isn’t specifically Bucs-related, but it’s important enough that it warrants a little discussion. Roger Goodell discussed the possibility of eliminating kickoffs from the game, replacing them with a fourth-and-15 at its own 30-yard line for the team that just scored. Then any standard play could be run, most times the team choosing to punt. But a team needing another score fast doesn’t have to worry about an onside kick, they just need to convert the fourth down.
The idea is to remove the risk associated with kickoffs and replace them with more risks associated with punts, but the difference between kickoff returns and punt returns is apparently pretty big. All of a sudden, punt returners are at more of a premium (along with, perhaps, dedicated gunners) and kickoff return specialists are eliminated. Greg Schiano gave the idea to Goodell and it already looks like it will be a topic of discussion at the next Competition Committee meeting.
Since the kickoff line moved up five yards, most of them are touchbacks anyway. I haven’t fully thought this one out, but I’m not opposed to it as yet. Your opinions in the comments.
ROOKIE WALL: Doug Martin insists that just because his production has been down for the last two weeks, he has still not hit any rookie wall.
“That stuff about the rookie wall, I don’t feel that at all,” Martin said this week as he prepared for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. “My body feels great and my mind is clear.”
Greg Schiano said he wanted to be a running team, and Martin made spectacular run after spectacular run on national TV and took the football world by surprise. No one expected a rookie to perform like he did. So now teams are concentrating on stopping him. Add that to worse offensive line play over the last couple weeks and you have lower running back production. This isn’t hard to figure out.
SIGN FREEMAN NOW: While I’m not necessarily as emphatic about it as he is, I agree with just about everything Tom Jones says here. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to drink some bleach.