A strong opening argument

The numbers show deferring on the first-half kickoff doesn't make sense

Originally Published: April 11, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

As mentioned in this space over the past year, I'm not a big fan of the deferred kickoff at the beginning of the game.

ESPN Stats & Information just released a trend review of offenses, and it backs up what I always believed. The NFL continues to evolve through the pass. Since 2008, designed pass plays have risen from 57.2 percent of plays to 58 in 2009 to 59 in 2010. Designed running plays dropped from 42.8 to 42 to 41.

With that type of designed ...

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