I would like to see teams stop giving up rouges intentionally, and instead try to return the ball instead. This way we get to see more exciting plays, and teams have to earn their point or field position.
To accomplish this I think we need to give the returning team fewer yards after a rouge. Would any teams want to risk giving up one point, and a safety, and ball possession? I don’t think so, this will give them reason to go for returns.
However in some situations it would be unfair to the returning team to give up a point and get bad field position (nonreturnable ball, missed field goal could mean 3 points a possession back). Therefore, I think that the rules should be as follows.
1.If a punt or a missed field goal goes through the endzone in the air (back or sides) the kicking team is awarded 1 point, and the receiving team is given possession on their own 20 yard line.
This is no change since the return team had no chance to attempt a return.
2.If a punt or missed field goal goes through the endzone on the ground (back or sides, at least one bounce) the kicking team is awarded 1 point, and the receiving team is given possession on their own 15 yard line.
This is a slight change, since it can be hard to determine if a ball that went through the endzone after a bounce was really returnable we will take the middle ground and give the receiving team not good, or bad, but ok field position.
3.If a punt or missed field goal is not advanced out of the endzone the kicking team is awarded 1 point, and the receiving team is given possession on their own 10 yard line.
This is the biggest change. If a team makes no effort to return the ball (or a kick return coverage team makes a really good play) they don’t deserve to get good field position out of it.
i believe that these rule changes would not only achieve their goal of eliminating intentionally giving up rouges, but would also have the benefits of making the punting game more important (creating offense and field position), and in turn make what has increasingly had a bigger impact on the game for the last few years (kick returns, how many TDs have we seen from them recently) even more exciting by making it vital for returners to make a good return when they are deep in their own zone.