Much has been made his offseason regarding the 16 game season with 4 preseason games, and the possibility of making an 18 game season. I don't like either scenario, and am proposing my own 17 game season, and it might be more of a radical change than they are wanting to make, but I think at the end of the day it would provide the best product on the field
First things first. If we are going to get player buy-in to increase the season by even 1 game, we are going to have to dangle a carrot and give them something that would get their attention. The first part of my proposal would be to reduce the amount of OTA's (Organized team activities) in the offseason. One thing I always hear players bitch about during offseason workouts and training camps is the two-a-days in the July sun in full pads. Every year without fail someone is hurt, injured, or in some extreme cases, dies during some offseason OTA. I'd reduce the amount of allowable time, to hopefully alleviate some wear and tear on the players bodies.
Second of all, I'd reduce the preseason to two games, one home, and one away. These games would provide more value in player evaluation as they would be in all intents and purposes, meaningful games. Face it, the only games that matter in the preseason now is maybe week 2 and 3. I'm not sure how much evaluation you are able to give an OLB rushing the passer when he is going against a 3rd string tackle and hitting a QB who will be holding a clipboard more than a football when the "games that count" start in the fall. Teams now are doing more offseason scrimmaging with other teams to get the player "game ready" and this might be a good way to evaluate players without charging the fans full price to see Tyler Palko throw the ball to Joe Schmoe.
...and now on to the regular season. Here is my proposal
So there you have it. I think it benefits all parties.The players only have 1 more game, they have 2 less meaninless games and will not have to go through the grueling offseason program as it is today. Owners benefit as they get 1 more meaningful game on their schedule and the revenue from the game, with none of the expenses of actually hosting the game and most of all the fans benefit. We get another meaningful game, game gets greater exposure and we would get an exciting new schedule because face it, 6 interdivision games gets boring after a while.
What do you think?
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