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NFL D-League how would you do it?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by MasterOfPuppets, May 19, 2010.

  1. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    since it's the offseason (and I'm bored) I started to think what I like about other sports that I wish somehow where incorporated into the NFL, and I came up with farm teams/minor leagues, so, here's how I would do it

    have the draft in mid-late march, have each NFL team round up 45 FA (vets out of the league), UDFA, practice squad guys and maybe late round picks (Crompton for example), play 4-6 games (maybe home and away against divisional rivals or move to another site like spring training) starting in late april (be done in late may-early june), no need for a playoff/championship

    Now, I know those players might get hurt or be too tired for the regular season but most wouldn't make the team that year or they would play limited time anyways

    I'd watch 6 weeks of football with Chargers prospects during spring, would you?
     
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  2. szarmes

    szarmes I am the Walrus

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    I'd watch those games. But i'd also put in a clause that stated the current players on the roster could participate if they really wanted to too (so they could scope out the competition and get warmed up for the season)
     
  3. paddyirishman

    paddyirishman BoltTalker

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    We did have NFL Europa (or NFL Europe and before that the World League as it was known) and it seemed like a perfectly good way of getting UDFA's, guys on Practices squads etc game time in the spring and some experience in the pro ranks. Darren Bennett for instance punted for a season with the Amsterdam Admirals before making the active roster with the Chargers. I remember seeing an interview with Bennett and he said NFLE for him, served its purpose and that stage of his career. He led the league in punting and by the next Sept he was the Chargers punter. Kurt Warner as well played in NFLE before winning the Superbowl with The Rams.Numerous players went from NFLE onto active NFL rosters. The league was ended by the NFL because they wanted to focus on getting regular season games outside the US, such as the Bolts game in London in 08, which is fair enough, but its a pity NFLE is no more
     
  4. Rainman

    Rainman BoltTalker

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    The NFL has a Douchebag league?!?

    Sounds like a league in which Bellichick coaches a Raiders team that has recently acquired PacMan Jones and Santonio Holmes, and has Lawrence Taylor as GM. :icon_shrug:
     
  5. Rainman

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    Kenny Bynum tore up NFL-E, and couldn't do squat in the regular NFL.

    The Bolts also signed NFL-E's defensive player of the year back in around 2002-- the guy had been a sackmaster-- and he ended up being was one of the first cuts in camp.

    Of all the players who've suited up for NFL-E, I'd guess maybe 5 or 6 have gone on to have decent, serviceable NFL careers.
     
  6. coachmarkos

    coachmarkos BoltTalker

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    Good Idea. I'd rep you but I can't.

    OK, I'd go something like this... 16 teams one NFC and one AFC team join together for the D-League team. Try to go sorta Geographical...so like San Diego and Arizona could be "partners".

    4 4 team divisions...you play each team in your division once, and you play one team from each of the other 3 divisions. 6 games. 4 division winners make the playoffs....so a grand total of 8 games for two squads.

    Coaches... Each team will provide either the OC/DC...from their current staff. This person will be someone who is a position coach with the potential to become a coordinator down the road...give them some experience. As far as the "Head Coach" I think it could be the coordinator with the most experience, or however they wanted to do it.

    Players... Each team will provide the opportunity for their PS players. Also, players who made the active roster, but were active in 4 games or less(25%) of the season are eligible. Rosters should be limited to 42 guys. (20 offense, 20 defense, and two special teams specialists)

    Season would be through April and May(8 weeks). Draftees would not be availible. I guess you could hold it later in the year, after the draft, but I think you want to avoid the Summer Heat. I guess like MofP said, you could move the draft up to March, but you'd have to draw the line somewhere at who could participate and who couldn't. 5th round? 6th round? This is why I'd rather have it with the existing UDFA's. If players want to make the league, they would need to keep themselves in shape and ready for the next spring. This way you could be pretty much done about the same time that OTA's start.

    Financial Reward for the teams that make the playoffs, and for the teams that win the title.
     
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  7. szarmes

    szarmes I am the Walrus

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    email this to Roger Goodell please
     
  8. paddyirishman

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    There were more Kenny Bynums than there were Darren Bennetts, thats true, but I guess in a development league, not everyones going to develop:lol:
    Anyway, there was a D league once, albeit in Europe
     
  9. Rainman

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    My point is that even guys who EXCELLED in NFL-E often failed to so much as make a ripple in the regular NFL.

    So producing in NFL-Europe was no yellow brick road to the Emerald City of the NFL.
     
  10. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    good ideas

    NFL Europe was good but there where maybe 1 or 2 players allocated from the Chargers in one game, so it was hard to follow

    I also thought about who the coach would be, I like the idea of havind a coordinator/assistant coach the team

    as far as drafted players, send whoever you want, most teams would not send high draft picks because of the financial hit if they got injured (Broncos could send Tebow dough)
     
  11. paddyirishman

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    The Emerald City of the NFL, thats a new one on me.

    I agree, many many players who excelled in NFLE, couldnt cut it in the real thing because the difference in standard was huge, as Kenny Bynum found out.Could be the same in a new D league??

    A Chargers Dev team playing in a 6 to 8 game spring season would be interesting.
     
  12. Rainman

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    Of course it's a new one on you. I just made it up. :)

    The new devel. league as outlined earlier in this thread would figure to be more competitive than NFL-E, because it would be a smaller league with a higher percentage of each team's roster composed of practice-squad-or-better players.

    IMO, that is.
     
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    And don't make me start pulling out Tin Man, Flying Monkey and Cowardly Lion references. :lol:
     
  14. paddyirishman

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    You have more? keep them coming:lol:
     
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    BOLT POWER Well-Known Member

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    It would be just like a minor league baseball team where we would own the right to players and make trades for our "real" team,that would be cool:flag::tup:
     

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