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Old 03-24-2009, 07:18 AM   #1
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NFL owners voted Monday to modify the schedule to ease the burden of cross-country road trips.

Last year, the Patriots and the Jets had to make West Coast trips to play AFC West opponents and NFC West teams. The Patriots chose to remain on the West Coast twice last season -- for back-to-back games against San Francisco and San Diego in October and Seattle and Oakland in December -- to minimize the wear-and-tear the schedule presented.

The Jets, meanwhile, played at San Diego and then had to travel to Oakland three weeks later. In December, New York visited San Francisco, returned home to play Buffalo, then went back to the coast to play Seattle. The Jets were upset by the Raiders as part of a late-season swoon that prevented them from making the playoffs.

Under the new plan, teams wouldn't have to visit two West Coast teams, just one, along with a team closer to the Midwest. Specifically, Oakland will be paired with Denver, and San Diego will be paired with Denver. In the NFC, Arizona and San Francisco will be paired as will St. Louis and Seattle.

Since 2002 when the league expanded to eight four-team divisions, the NFL has used a rotating formula in which a team plays four opponents within its conference once every three years and four teams in the other conference every four years.

Teams that have road games against Denver and Oakland will get home games against Kansas City and San Diego. The opposite scenario will also be true. The same format of home-and-away games with the paired cities holds true for the NFC as well.

The proposal was submitted by the broadcast committee for the purpose of creating a better balance for travel to the West Coast. Currently, the AFC South and the NFC West are scheduled to play the AFC West in 2010, which is when the new plan would be starting.

Senior NFL writer John Clayton contributed to this report.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:21 AM   #2
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I couldn't have said it better myself.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:22 AM   #3
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SO does that work for West Coast Teams headed to the East? What a bunch of Poo
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:23 AM   #4
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This is one thing we can definitely agree on.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:23 AM   #5
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OMG. A six to seven hour flight. The agony. GTFOH.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:25 AM   #6
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OMG. A six to seven hour flight. The agony. GTFOH.
On those cozy team jets nonetheless...
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:25 AM   #7
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West coast teams had yet to win a game on the east coast in the early games, till denver beat atlanta. why are they complaining east coast teams complaing about traveling again....again? it goes both ways for both coasts.....what a crock.....god off-seasons can be such a joke....
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:25 AM   #8
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I'll bet that f-ing Bus Cook was behind this!
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I'll bet that f-ing Bus Cook was behind this!
*True story - McDaniels was part of the group advocating this when he was in NE just a couple months back.



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Yah, I like how the article totally ignores the West teams having to go back East, lose time, and still have to play on an East Coast schedule (early games).

It just sucks to live back East, I guess we have to give them a break.
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Yah, I like how the article totally ignores the West teams having to go back East, lose time, and still have to play on an East Coast schedule (early games).

It just sucks to live back East, I guess we have to give them a break.
Just proof that none of the west coast owners have any pull. The NFL has to protect its investment (NY, Wash, NE, etc). Screw the rest.
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So this **** doesn't go both ways? Are you ****ing ****ting me?
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Meanwhile they probably didn't even discuss ending 10 AM games for West Coast teams traveling east. This is what it feels like to be a second class citizen.
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Finally, someone starts considering the needs of teams on the east coast. Hopefully this will lead to some fair media coverage for them, as well.
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I can't believe that we're the only ones asking this question. Someone had to address that this totally ignores West Coast teams that go through the exact situation right?
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I can't believe that we're the only ones asking this question. Someone had to address that this totally ignores West Coast teams that go through the exact situation right?
Clearly a push to move the Chargers to San Antonio.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:27 AM   #19
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so ridiculous!!!! We shoudl just call this league what it is,, the New England Football League. First they make up another dumb rule to protect the quarterback so Tommy boy can't get injured again, and now this... AHHHHHHHHHHHH
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Deary me, the schedule makers even did the Pats a favor in that they scheduled their games against SF/SD and Oakland/Seattle in back to back to weeks so they could just stay out West and yet they still complain?
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I feel bad that this rich primadonna athletes can't handle a 5-6 hr flight twice a week. Bunch or BS if you ask me. It's part of the job discription and how do the rest of the pro sports travel all the time?
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I feel bad that this rich primadonna athletes can't handle a 5-6 hr flight twice a week. Bunch or BS if you ask me. It's part of the job discription and how do the rest of the pro sports travel all the time?
The other leagues bought teleportation systems, but the NFL is to cheap to do that.
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Weird...especially since flying East is considerably harder on the internal clock than flying west...at least in my experience it is.
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Finally, someone starts considering the needs of teams on the east coast. Hopefully this will lead to some fair media coverage for them, as well.
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So what happens if the Seahawks have to fly to Miami to play the dolphins, then Atlanta to play the Falcons and then the Patriots in back to back to back weeks?

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