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Old 03-30-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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What a difference a week makes.

Before the owners' meeting, it appeared Broncos QB Jay Cutler was destined to be traded. However, from the sounds of first-year coach Josh McDaniels at the owners' meeting, the Broncos have refocused, and now it appears McDaniels will try to fix his tattered relationship with Cutler.

To make a trade, the Broncos would have to receive a huge bounty along with a starting quarterback in return. That was going to be difficult. Once Cutler shows up at Broncos headquarters -- I predict that will happen in the next two weeks -- the Cutler trade saga should end.

Cutler wasn't the only hot topic at the owners' meeting. Judging by the questions in my mailbag, football fans seem to be a little skeptical about going to an 18-game schedule. Some fear the drain of injuries. Others think 18 games are a little much.

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Old 03-30-2009, 02:32 PM   #2
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18 games seasons would be AWESOME
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:34 PM   #3
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And no more of those pansy "Bye Weeks" ....
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:35 PM   #4
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i hate the idea of 17 or 18 games...

but it looks inevitable...
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:39 PM   #6
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And no more of those pansy "Bye Weeks" ....
if we do go to an 18 game season, i would like to see the bye weeks changed. and istead of having teams getting a bye as soon as week 3 and as late as week 14 just have it be a 2 week period in the middle of the season where half the league takes a week off, and the next week the other half of the league.


i just think it is too much to ask of a team to get a bye week in week 3 and then have to go as many as 15 more regular season games without a break and then the playoffs, it is possible a team could go 18 straight games with no break in schedule.

so to prevent that make a 2 week period on the middle of the season
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Its a 20 game season! Fans need to watch Pre Season to see what young talent your team has.Plus a 18 game season will be meaningless because around week 12 you know what teams are going to the playoffs anyways.
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:43 PM   #8
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Its a 20 game season! Fans need to watch Pre Season to see what young talent your team has.Plus a 18 game season will be meaningless because around week 12 you know what teams are going to the playoffs anyways.
i agree. teams will be ensuring 1st round byes by the 14th game and will still have 4 regular season games to go. just seems like too much for the regular season
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:50 PM   #11
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How often is John right?

Of course this time I hope he is
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Its a 20 game season! Fans need to watch Pre Season to see what young talent your team has.Plus a 18 game season will be meaningless because around week 12 you know what teams are going to the playoffs anyways.
I don't think so. A 10 or 11 win season would no longer have the likelihood of going to the playoffs that it does now. Unless you think that a lot of teams would go through the first 12 or 13 weeks undefeated, the later games would still be very meaningful.
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:52 PM   #13
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Now thats funny.

I told you all Cutler wasn't going anywhere long ago.
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Its a 20 game season! Fans need to watch Pre Season to see what young talent your team has.Plus a 18 game season will be meaningless because around week 12 you know what teams are going to the playoffs anyways.
Yeah like we knew at the end of week 14 that we were going.
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I don't like the 18 game seasons. It will further dilute records...season and career. You'll have middle of the road guys surpassing all-time greats in the record books simply due to the accumulation of two extra games per season.
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Yeah like we knew at the end of week 14 that we were going.
Very very painful to watch My,Our team go on a 3 game skid then get blown out by a long hated rival.Thankfully the holes on my walls don't bleed or feel any pain.
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I don't like it for these reasons

1. More money to Sunday Ticket
2. What if you lock up division week 14 you coast 4 or 5 weeks til playoffs.

3. Crappier playoffs if guys are hurt playing two more games.

What about this idea though?

4. If they go to 18 games I think they should either lump all afc teams in one group top six make playoffs or into 2 divisions that will force more teams to play harder and not coast being in crappy division. Play each afc team once and 3 nfc teams at random. This way each team has to play every team and swap home and road every other year like college.

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Old 03-30-2009, 03:05 PM   #18
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a 17 game season would be good. each team could play one game at a neutral site(London, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boise). Then again, why fix what's not broken.
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I don't like it for these reasons

1. More money to Sunday Ticket
Yeah, but the Ticket goes up regardless

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I don't like it for these reasons

1. More money to Sunday Ticket
2. What if you lock up division week 14 you coast 4 or 5 weeks til playoffs.

3. Crappier playoffs if guys are hurt playing two more games.

4. If they go to 18 games I think they should either lump all afc teams in one group top six make playoffs or into 2 divisions that will force more teams to play harder and not coast being in crappy division.
The schedules can be the same, but one of the 17 games will be a potluck game. The league will annouce the game sometime during the season. Like week 10 will be potluck week. Where ever you are ranked in the division determine who you play. 1 vs 1, 2 vs 2 and so on. Then the league will pick from a bag which division is playing which.
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If they go to an 18 game season they need to up the roster limit to 60 players.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:57 PM   #22
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If they go to an 18 game season they need to up the roster limit to 60 players.
Agree. I've felt that the rosters needed expanded for years.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:59 PM   #23
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get rid of inactive players. Its pointless to have guys in street clothes that can play during the game.
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I don't like the 18 game seasons. It will further dilute records...season and career. You'll have middle of the road guys surpassing all-time greats in the record books simply due to the accumulation of two extra games per season.
Rep! I wouldn't mind returning to a 14 game season. Adding an 18 game season really starts the NFL down the road to a Barnum & Baily Circus. Who wants to see a QB throw for 60 TD's before records turn into pure medirocrity.

If I were the players and the union....I'd tell the owners and the fans NO WAY!!
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What a difference a week makes.

Before the owners' meeting, it appeared Broncos QB Jay Cutler was destined to be traded. However, from the sounds of first-year coach Josh McDaniels at the owners' meeting, the Broncos have refocused, and now it appears McDaniels will try to fix his tattered relationship with Cutler.

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The only real way to have an 18 game season is for the teams to expand their rosters.

If I was the NFLPU, I'd argue for a 58 to 60 man roster to cope with injuries.
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