It was a stupid idea the first time it was brought up and the competition committee discussed it, totally dismissing it. Even dumber an idea a couple years later. The committee won't even discuss it now.
It's not happening, perhaps ever. It shouldn't, EVER. why destroy the fabric of the game? The receivers have already been afforded plenty of defenseless protection. Spreading the field doesn't change any of the other likely concussion prone scenarios.
More kickoffs than ever end in touchbacks. Spreading the field does zero there, except increase the scoring chances.. concussions happen at the convergence point. One rules have changed in recent years, more space won't lessen convergence point concussions. They happen at the point of INITIAL contact, which won't change. It just opens up running lanes for big returns.
Most concussions are to defenders who will never admit it, lineman who do the same, or qbs or Rbs. Almost all are within 10 yards of the los. Spreading the field changes this how?? Lines won't spread out bc the field does, and the hits to Rbs and qbs as a result won't change. Defensive guys still won't admit them..
How will making the field bigger cure this? Simple.. it won't, not even a little, and it would destroy one of the tenets of the game. It's why the competition committee dismissed it upon discussion the first time, and are quite simply dismissing even discussing it again. Ridiculous idea on its premise. Once actually playing football is introduced its ludicrous.
"If that boy billionaire thinks he can shut me up, he should stick his head in a can of paint." Steelers announcer Myron Cope, after Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sent someone into the broadcast booth during a game to tell Cope to stop referring to his team as the "Wash Redfaces"