John Harbaugh has been in the headlines recently after his decision to use a rather controversial holding play to purposely get a safety and secure the win against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Harbaugh has taken another look at the rulebook it seems and has now set his sights on kickoffs and a potential way to turn them into scoring plays, but not from touchbacks.
Speaking after the game against the Bengals, the head coach made a truly incredible claim: that kickoffs which go through the uprights should be worth a point. We're serious.
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“I’m on record advocating that should be a point,” a smiling Harbaugh said after the Ravens' 19-14 win over Cincinnati.
This came after his kicker, Justin Tucker ran up and booted a kickoff during the game through the goalposts. That's a 75-yard kick which, even though it is uncontested and with a big run up, is still pretty impressive.
“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.”
The NFL have made several changes to the kickoff rule in recent years and none of them have been that well accepted. Making a kick through the sticks would probably be hated even more.
It's not a shock that the coach with probably the best kicker in the game would advocate for such a move. However, the potential for it to completely eliminate any chance of kick returns would turn a lot of people off.