- 2011- The ball was kicked from the 35 instead of the 30 resulting in a much greater amount of touchbacks. (80% return rate in 2010 compared to a 54% return rate in 2011, and a 41% return rate in 2015).
- 2016- Touchbacks now resulted in the ball being placed on the 25 yard line instead of the 20.
While it might just be a coincidence, let's look at who is on the NFL Competition Committee and how they are selected.
So, how do these teams do when covering kickoffs? They once again are typically below average. Opponent's rank represents the quality of field position after a team kicks off. Since it is a ranking system, low numbers mean that the team did a better job pinning their opponents back than a team with a high number.