Super Bowl-winning coach bashes major NFL rule change

Andy Reid, the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, slammed the NFL on Wednesday for recently passing a contentious rule amendment pertaining to fair catches and touchbacks.

The proposal was approved by the league on Tuesday, and it will now be the case that any fair catches made between

the goal line and the 25-yard line would result in the subsequent drive beginning at the 25. The

ostensible justification for the change (which will be implemented for a year) is "player safety," but detractors don't buy it.

This fair catch rule modification is being criticized at the same time as other rule changes that have drawn controversy, such as "Thursday Night Football" flexing.

On Monday, a number of former NFL players, notably media personality Pat McAfee, criticized the league for the fair catch tweak

The former punter for the Indianapolis Colts referred to Tuesday's news as "a joke," but on Wednesday, he complimented Reid for his answer.

Brian Mitchell, a retired return specialist, was another former player to criticize the decision, asking