With the Chicago Tribune reporting a 50 percent reduction in concussions on kickoffs in the NFL last season, Titans kicker Rob Bironas doesn’t see the league moving kickoffs back to the 30-yard line, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports.
“The way the league brought up the safety issues and brought all the information forward about concussions and kickoff tackles, I think you can’t really backtrack there (on the rule), Bironas said Thursday. “They don’t want to see the injuries. With the medical information we have now and the different stats they’ve put together over the years, I don’t think there’s any backtracking because the reasoning is to reduce those big hits and concussions.
“It’s not just about (playing) careers, but about life after it.”
In his first six seasons in the NFL, Bironas had a total of 83 touchbacks on 458 kickoffs, an 18.1 percentage. In the first season under the new kickoff rules, Bironas had 44-of-78 kickoffs (56.4 percent).
“I personally like the rule because it gives more touchbacks and that will hopefully increase the longevity of my kicking career for a few more years,” Bironas said. “Coaches don’t really care (what yard line) you’re kicking from. They just want you to put it out of the back of the end zone.”