Belichick pans kickoff proposal

March, 21, 2011
3/21/11
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NEW ORLEANS -- Bill Belichick is not in favor of the NFL Competition Committee's new kickoff proposal.

"It's a pretty complicated proposal," Belichick told a small group of reporters today at the league's annual meeting. "I don't like the idea of eliminating the kickoff [return] from the game. I think it's one of the most exciting plays in football. It looks like the Competition Committee is trying to eliminate that play. I don't know if that's really good for the game."

Belichick was asked about the safety aspect of the proposal, as the Competition Commitee has cited those reasons as a primary factor in moving the kickoff to the 35 yard-line, among other alterations.

"The presentation last night, I don't know that it's because of head injuries," Belichick said. "The ones they showed, there weren't very many of them. I don't know, I think you should talk to the Competition Committee. They are the ones that really proposed the rule. Talk to Rich McKay and whoever else is on the committee and see what they have to say about it. There are a lot of components to it -- four different elements to it. It's kind of a complicated rule."

When Belichick was asked why he thought the Competition Committee was proposing the change, after listening to their presentation Sunday night, he answered, "It's pretty confusing."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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