Originally posted by kingairta:
I think they can keep the divisions but the teams with the best records go to the post season. As for the idea of realigning to two geographical divisions wouldn't work. The NFL just doesn't play enough games over the season. 16 games just isn't enough. You would need at least triple that number for it to work and that just isn't going to happen with 53 man squads.
already answered this....
Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
as far as season scheduling, just ditch 4-team divisions altogether and make each team within a conference play the other 15 teams in the same conference ONCE in a season and for the 16th game have an interconference matchup based on what order two corresponding teams finished in the West and East Conferences the previous season.
a theoretical schedule for this season in the above format would've been (based on the Niners finishing 13-3 last year, 2nd best in the West):
- 15 games (8 home, 7 away) against the rest of the "Western Conference"
- the 16th (and 8th road) game would be against the 2nd best team in the "Eastern Conference" from last year, Baltimore (this would again be a road game for the Niners since they lost to Baltimore last year)
Therefore a theoretical 2012 schedule would go like:
Wk 1) @ Green Bay
Wk 2) vs Detroit
Wk 3) @ Minnesota
Wk 4) @ Kansas City
Wk 5) vs Dallas
Wk 6) vs San Diego
Wk 7) vs Seattle
Wk 8) @ Baltimore *INTERCONFERENCE WEEK*
Wk 9) BYE
Wk 10) vs St Louis
Wk 11) vs Chicago
Wk 12) @ New Orleans
Wk 13) @ Tennessee
Wk 14) Oakland
Wk 15) @ Arizona
Wk 16) @Houston
Wk 17) Denver
Road games against Western Conference teams one season would be home games the following season and vice-versa (therefore rotating every other year)
another obvious advantage is decreased travel mileage and time-zone jetlag...
[ Edited by Dr_Bill_Walsh on Sep 8, 2012 at 11:18 PM ]