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NFL season might grow – injuries, too

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Tuesday, June 22, 2010

    It could be turf toe hell. It could mean more broken bones, more torn ACLs, more strained hamstrings, more concussions, more ice baths, more fasciitis on plantar fascias, more thinking for those NFL coaches and GMs who have trouble thinking during a normal season. Orthopedic surgeons may love this almost as much as dentists do the NHL.
    More is inevitable, all right, if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gets his way. And Goodell almost always gets his way. Roger that.
    This is one commissioner who isn’t an ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it guy, and his business doesn’t seem broke in many places, especially the wallet.
    He’s been quiet on the subject for a while, what with The League and the players’ union getting along like Al and Tipper Gore as they pull hair over a new collective bargaining agreement. But Goodell wants to cut the exhibition season from four to two games (great idea) and expand the regular season from 16 to 18 (not so fast), although faux games are moneymakers.
    “The idea has merit,” Goodell said. “You are taking the quality and improving it.”
    Maybe. Even gluttons can handle only so many 32-ounce Porterhouse steaks.
    It will be good for the fans, especially season-ticket holders, who have been forced to pay the same amount for exhibitions as they do real football games, long considered by yours truly as the biggest ongoing rip-off in the history of sports.
    But the players? There’s the possibility game-day rosters would have to be expanded, which would mean more jobs for people other than census takers. It also could increase the chance of more injuries, and if there is a rub, that’s it.
    I like what Giants center Shaun O’Hara told ESPN: “You know why they want the games, because it’s going to increase revenue.
    “We’re constantly trying to improve player safety, player wellness, and we’re doing a lot right now to find out what are going to be the repercussions of adding two games to the regular season. I think everyone knows the injury rate in the NFL is 100 percent.”
    Right. It’s hard to imagine any football player, even kickers, who aren’t hurting somewhere after one game, let alone 16. But I ran into former San Diego State and NFL tailback Marshall Faulk and he doesn’t know if the injury factor is the major issue here, an interesting slant.
    Players do get injured during preseason games. They get injured during practice. They get injured in bar fights.
    “Add up the number of quarters they’re going to be playing in those two extra games compared to how many they play during the preseason,” said Faulk, who still resides in the area and is about seven months away from being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “It’s not that big a deal. The big deal is: How do you pay them?
    “Pay goes down in the postseason and they don’t get paid in the preseason. How do you compensate players for 18 games instead of 16? That dollar number is going to have to change.”
    I despise exhibition games so much, I have to agree with ideas that will do away with a couple of them. Coaches always have used exhibitions as test tubes to evaluate green talent, but with offseason programs being what they are now — pro football is a year-round thing — four certainly aren’t necessary.
    “The enhanced season is an idea that is really gaining momentum,” said Packers President Mark Murphy, who played eight seasons of safety in the NFL. “The preseason … there just isn’t the same value there. I think it’s very clear to a lot of us the players and the teams don’t need four games to get ready for the regular season.
    “Just from my experience, the wear and tear on your body is much greater in the preseason than it is during the regular season. We studied it. Studies showed that injury rate does not increase over the course of the season.”
    If this happens, it won’t be until at least 2012, what with 2011 looming as a lockout year — unless management and the union reach an agreement on a new CBA. There is $4 billion in guaranteed money the owners will receive in 2011 from the TV networks, games or no games. Guess on which arm the upper hand sits.
    A longer regular season more than likely will be collectively bargained, but under the current CBA, The League could add two regular-season games and still have four exhibitions — 22 overall — if it so desired. Really. But that isn’t happening.
    “The expanded regular season is something being discussed,” Chargers President Dean Spanos said. “Fans have reacted positively to the idea. I know you’ve been against preseason games, right?”
    Absolutely right.
    “Preseason games are subpar,” Spanos admitted. “Fans haven’t attended or watched as much on TV. A lot of work will go into it — the possibility of increasing roster size, safety, restructuring the offseason. But I think it’s smart.”
    Looks good on paper — as long as that paper isn’t an expanded injury report.
  2. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

    Jan 24, 2010
    Although I think this will happen and there is nothing we can do about it, I hope it doesn't. I really feel like the increased injuries will take away from the game
  3. RaiderRay

    RaiderRay RIP SD Chargers..Go Any SD Team, Go Raiders Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

    Jun 20, 2005
    Changes will need to be made in regards to the roster sizes and the way we manage inactive players. We need to scratch the old IR system where teams lose players for an entire season. Install more a disabled list where players can be put for say 3-5 games and then brought back. Also teams are going to need at least 2 bye weeks.
  4. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

    Jan 24, 2010
    Yeah, teams will have to have at least 60 players, and I do think they need to get rid of the IR and replace it with a baseball style DL
  5. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    I like this idea. :tup:
  6. turbo_turtle

    turbo_turtle In Disguise

    Aug 2, 2006

    The only thing I would add is to have 16 Practice squad members that can not be taken from other teams. They are untouchable.

    Like DenverBolt said I would even go for more of 99 players on the main Roster.
  7. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    18 games over 20 weeks. Sounds good to me.
  8. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard FORMER Charger fan at 7000'

    Jul 12, 2007
    Aren't these all the same concerns raised when they went from 14 to 16?
  9. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    It ain't broke, the numbers work well as is.

    Leave it the hell alone.

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