Like many coaches, one of my first duties and first coordinator jobs was on Special Teams. As a player, I appreciated what could be done to the flow of a game through Special Teams, usually through a blocked kick or a big return. Special Teams are a part of the game, I don’t know if we’d recognize the game of football without them. Recently, at the high school level, Special Teams have been awful in a lot of cases, probably due in large part to the elimination of the kicking game at all of the levels before varsity football.
The NFL, according to Lionswire, and their competition committee have gathered to review punt and punt returns, in the name of player safety. Couple this move with kickoff and kickoff return and Special Teams are pretty much making their exit from the game as meaningful plays. While this move is only being discussed in the NFL, I can imagine all levels of college football and the NFHS would be paying attention to such a move.