Five Ways To Fix The NFL
Wouldn’t we all want to be commissioner of our favorite professional sports league for whatever amount of time it took to make the changes we think necessary to the game we love? I know I would. I love pro football and always have. We all know the game could be better. I’m not even talking drastic changes. Just ways to get the game back to the way it used to be.
1. Eighteen game schedule: Yes, I know the NFLPA will have a conniption about that but follow me here. We can eliminate two preseason games. I’m also an advocate of inserting a second bye week for each team during the season. This would make it a 20-week season. So, for two more regular season games, we lose two meaningless pre-season games that no one cares about and each team gets another bye week. This would lead to more revenue for both the owners and the players.
2. Each division gets the same bye week: I’ll never understand why this doesn’t happen. You start in Week 5 with whatever division you want and run through Week 12. You rotate each year so that each division will have a bye in each week possible, once every eight years. I’d also like to institute that teams coming off byes play each other the following week, preferably in the Thursday night game. This would eliminate half the problem of teams playing on short rest and also eliminate, for half the season, one team having significantly more rest than another.
3. 53-man roster: First off, I’m expanding the roster to 60. With all of the injuries teams are suffering now, I want a bigger roster just so that maybe, just maybe, teams won’t feel the need to push a player to participate because they don’t have enough backups on the roster. Also, if you’re paying all 60 players, then they are all active. No more of this declaring eight players as scratches each game. I pay as an owner, you play.
4. Replay: This one is fairly simple, let’s get the calls right. No more red hankies. Let the NFL offices in New York handle if and when a call should be reviewed and overturned. It’s really not that hard.
5. Catch rule: I saved the one that drives me the craziest for last. Why does the NFL make this so difficult? Shouldn’t it be as simple as catching the ball, controlling it, with two feet on the ground? That you need to make a football move and complete the catch all the way to the ground is ridiculous. This is especially true in the end zone. If all a runner has to do is cross the goal line with any part of the ball, then why doesn’t a receiver just have to catch the ball with two feet in bounds?
You can find me on Twitter, @georgekurtz
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