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Approaching a point of no returns?

Originally Published: March 21, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Special teams or special kickers?

That's the football debate that will heat up Monday and Tuesday in New Orleans as coaches, general managers and owners discuss a rule change that would move the kickoff from the 30- to the 35-yard line. The debate is whether this Bourbon Street discussion will make touchbacks too much of a "Big Easy" for kickers.

The answer is yes.

Let's go to the numbers. Last season, kickers made 70-yard kicks 36.5 percent of the time. Kicking ...

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