This is the most horrible proposal yet. I love this sport. I grew up playing football and coach it now. I hate to see the games integrity assaulted in this fashion. This has nothing to do with player safety; it has all to do with money, pure and simple. If it was about safety the league wouldn't force teams to play 2 games in 5 days or try to force more regular season games. I honestly feel that congress should step in and legislate some level of law suite protection while still forcing the league do all it can to protect players on the field, because short of banning the game there's nothing under the sun that will make football safe. Football is by design a violent, dangerous sport. You most succeed in bringing another man to the ground by physical force, against his will, while running full speed . . . . . or lose. Football is predicated on force against force. And there's nothing on earth that'll change that aspect about football. Hence, football WILL NEVER be a safe sport to play. With the rules of the game now the game is about as safe as it's ever gonna be. They've already changed the rules to shamefully favor the offense. They have fined players for unavoidable hits. They have put a skirt on the QB, and have frightened the refs into making ridiculous calls that have effected games. And now Roger wants to partially take away a 3rd of the game (special teams). Start teams at the 30? So put more pressure on the defense by making them play on a mandated shortened field . I understand the need to make the game safer, but, as stated, football is inherently a dangerous sport. There's a limit to which safety measures will actually make it safe and the NFL has already passed that limit. I think at some point the players might need to step up and protect the games' integrity.
Here are some safety suggestions:
1. Just ban football altogether. (Why bother anymore.)
2. Outlaw the defense.
3. Put flags on the WR and QB.
4. Limit tackling to lineman only. All others can only "2-hand touch".
5. Mandate zone coverage of no less than 15 yards on all defenses.