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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Should the NFL Go to an 18-Game Schedule?

Sports's Ross Tucker, a former NFL and Ivy League player, thinks so.

The article doesn't say whether Tucker had any concussions during his career or, if so, how many? While I generally like Tucker's writing, some of the reasons he cites for the proposition actually might be strong arguments against it. The main one -- he believes that injuries create intrigue and opportunity. My view -- injuries seriously dilute teams, turn the season into a war of attrition where the healthiest and not the best team can win it all, and few fans want to see a gridiron match-up where King Hill and Joe Pisarcik are quarterbacking pre-season Super Bowl contenders for the last five games of the season. (Presumably, were the NFL to move to an 18-game season, the league also will adopt a two-hand touch rule with respect to contact with quarterbacks).

Read the whole thing and see what you think.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Injuries add intrigue? Enjoying the variables provided by injuries is the most foolish thing I've ever heard.

Injuries hurt people (most NFL linemen who have careers of any duration walk with a limp for the rest of their lives). I haven't encouraged my son to play football because of the likelihood of injury because of this (and I played football for 10 years, and escaped permanent injuries because I was a kicker).

In addition, I agree with SportsProf: it's no fun if injuries wipe out the stars, whether for the season or for their careers. Better players mean better offense, which makes the games more exciting.

I think the season is too long as it is. I don't like seeing the playoffs decided in a snowstorm or in 3 degree weather. Unless they want to start the season in May, cut the season back by about three games - don't add two more.

1:54 PM  
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not contacted former NFL Draft coach Bill Cowher about possibly coaching the team in 2010, according to a source close to the team's owners.
An NFL report said team officials contacted Cowher.
"That's not true," a source with knowledge of the Glazer family's intentions told the Tampa Tribune. "That's just people speculating."
According to a story by An NFL reporter Jason La Canfora, Bucs officials reached out to Cowher to gauge his interest in possibly coaching the team in 2010. The story cited "a source with knowledge of the situation."

1:27 AM  

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