Moving Kick-Offs to the 35-Yard Line
Year instituted: 2011
When we talk about the NFL stripping away some of its most enjoyable elements, we talk about the league's shift away from kick returns. In 2011, when they decided to move kick-offs up to the 35-yard line, touchback percentages jumped from 16.4 percent all the way up to 43.5 percent, meaning that nearly half of all kick-offs went unreturned. These numbers haven't changed in years since. What this means is that certain special teams players are faced with less of a chance to make an NFL roster, and the possibility of an exciting kick return for a TD is diminished. Does that sound like a good time to anyone? We didn't think so.