The NFL meant well when the competition committee approved a new set of kickoff rules to reduce special-teams injuries.
However, the decision to move the ball forward 5 yards and cut down on the number of runbacks was a mistake that needs to be corrected before the start of the regular season.
Maybe that sounds callous, since it's hard to deny the likelihood that there will be fewer high-velocity collisions and — as a result — fewer players being helped off the field. It's even harder to argue in favor of more risk instead of less, and yet there are plenty of coaches and commentators doing just that after the first week of preseason games.
Football is a violent sport and...