Adrian Amos Is Not a Fan of 4th & 15 Onside Replacement
Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers safety, met with the media on Wednesday morning. Amos discussed a wide range of topics with reporters. One thing brought up to him was the 4th and 15 onside kick proposal. If you’re not familiar with it, teams are proposing that a 4th and 15 untimed down would replace the onside kick. Amos does not like the rule calling it like ‘Madden’ and pushed back on the idea. This isn’t surprising. A defensive player does not favor something that helps the offense. While Amos does have a slight point about feeling like Madden or Arena League, onside kicks are virtually dead.
#Packers safety Adrian Amos on NFL's proposed fourth-and-15 rule change to replace onside kick: "It seems fun for Madden. You're never out of the game for Madden, if that's the case."
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) May 27, 2020
I’m in favor of it because the onside kick is dead. If you’re trailing by two touchdowns late and a comeback starts, there is no way you’re getting an onside kick. The NFL made the onside kick safer which in turn led to the decrease of converted onside kicks. Amos likely does not have the information stating a 4th and 15 play has the same success rate as an onside kick. It is a shiny, new object, but this is not an easy thing for teams. I found another defender’s perspective on the 4th and 15h rule. Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots isn’t a fan of either. Again, I disagree that this is some kind of award for offenses. It is hard to complete 4th and 15th’s!
How does Patriots CB Jason McCourty view the rule proposal to allow a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to an onside kick? He shared his perpective on today’s video conference: pic.twitter.com/jY2TtpRSbu
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 27, 2020