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Kickoffs moved from 30- to 35-yd line. What does it mean for the Bears?


Two of the most dynamic, most exciting, most scintillating players in the game today are complaining about the rule change. I speak, of course, about Joshua Cribbs and the Bears' own, record-setting return man, Devin Hester. These two have good reason to speak out--the rule change makes that ever-amazing kickoff-return TD a lot harder to achieve. More on this after the jump.

It seems only natural, though, that of the two Cribbs is the more vehement in his opposition. Hester got most of his return TDs on punts (10/Cribbs has 2) as opposed to relying on kickoffs (he has 4, Cribbs has 8). However, no one can deny Hester's effect on field position, with punters kickiing short and out-of-bounds while kickoffs ended up sailing high and short. By moving kickoffs to the 35-yd line, the NFL has basically given teams a free pass to limit the effects of great returners like Hester.

I'm gonna go out of my way to end this post with a small prediction. Based on a big assumption: the 2011 season will continue, with a new CBA being implemented and the lockout lifted. I predict that the Packers will host the Bears to start of the 2011 season, and that Hester will take the OPENING KICKOFF OF 2011 BACK FOR 6.

There. Now we'll just wait and see... 

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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