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Even Kickers Are Calling NFL Rule Changes "Soft" Now

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We’ve heard many NFL players offer the opinion that the league’s rule changes are making the league “soft.” So many in fact, that the idea, while perhaps valid (we won’t get into that now), has become kind of cliche. What sets David Buehler’s remarks this morning apart from those other, similar statements, is that they came from David Buehler--a kicker.

Buehler was on ESPN Radio’s “Ben and Skin Show” this morning, where he went on a kind of rant against the latest wave of amendments to the league rule book, one of which, the one that will affect Buehler the most directly, stipulates that kickoffs come from the 35--which will increase touchbacks, while decreasing injuries on kickoffs and, unfortunately, exciting returns.

I think they’re changing the rules too much,” Buehler said, via ESPN Dallas. “Football is getting kind of soft with [NFL commissioner Roger] Goodell making all the rule changes and everything like that. Just leave it the way it is. Kickoffs are one of the most exciting plays in football, so I don’t know why they pushed it up to the 35. I understand the safety reasons but a lot of fans want to see the returns.

“It gets kind of boring just seeing touchbacks all the time. I obviously want that but the ideal fan doesn’t want that. They want to see the run out, the big collisions and everything like that.”

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Related Topics David Buehler, Tough Kickers
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