In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, there is a new rule in place for kickoffs in the NFL. Remember when teams used to kickoff from the 35-yard line? Well, they will again after it was moved to the 30 for quite a long time.
So, you had to figure that when they moved it back up, that it would hurt kickoff specialists like Brad Smith, Joshua Cribbs and, of course, the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester. And, as you could imagine, Hester doesn’t like it one bit.
“I think it’s just a foolish rule,” said Hester. “It’s like they don’t have nothing better to do than come up with a rule like that. There’s 1,000 rules they could’ve come up with before that rule.”
Luckily, Hester is also quite skilled at returning punts, so it won’t neutralize his value as an overall contributor. But still, he has four career kickoff returns for touchdowns and now he’s staring down the barrel of a bunch of touchbacks.
Somehow, the site of Hester taking a knee isn’t quite as exciting as watching him run full speed into oncoming traffic.