Steelers' Art Rooney II Says Onside Kick Alternative Was 'Too Much of a Gimmick'

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMay 28, 2020

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 10:  Owner Art Rooney ll of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Heinz Field on November 10, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Earlier Thursday, NFL owners voted against replacing the onside kick with a 4th-and-15 attempt:

"I would say we're open to thinking about whether there's something we can do with the kickoff in a more traditional setting that might allow onside kicks to have a better chance of happening," Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II reasoned. "But this one was just a little bit too much of a gimmick. Coach [Mike] Tomlin and I just didn’t like the idea."

Atlanta Falcons CEO and president Rich McKay also offered insight:

Below is exactly what was voted on:

Owners approved three rule-change proposals for 2020:

The 4th-and-15 alternative not being among them isn't all that surprising given a similar idea proposed by the Denver Broncos was;rejectedin March 2019.

However, there seems to be a growing understanding within the league that the onside kick needs to at least be improved based upon declining recovery rates:

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Last season, according to NFL.com's Grant Gordon, eight of 63 onside attempts (12.7 percent) were recovered.



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