NFL kickoffs could look drastically different this season.
In an effort to improve the safety of what’s been called the most dangerous play in football, the NFL held a summit of special teams minds Wednesday in New York to discuss ways of tweaking kickoffs without eliminating them entirely.
The committee, which included nearly a third of the league’s current special teams coaches, among others, settled on the following proposal, which will be voted on by NFL owners May 21 to 23.
Via ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert:
— Coverage teams would lose the 5-yard head start they previously had.
— Five players would need to be aligned on each side of the kicker.
— All wedge blocks, including two-man double teams, would be eliminated.
— Eight of the 11 return team members would be lined up within 15 yards of the restraining…