has some legitimacy, I would say. Football has eliminated certain plays already--most notoriously, the play where a defensive player can actually hit the quarterback.
From a monetary standpoint, you could free up several roster spots on your team and retain only a punter and a field goal kicker (some teams have to have three specialists: a punter, a kicker, and a field goal kicker). Is that what they are angling towards?
Purists be damned. Money is the most important thing in football, period. Not having to pay a weirdo a few hundred grand per year to stand on the sidelines and look scrawny would help improve the game.