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There are a lot of ideas being bandied about; extending the season, PI replay tweaks, onside kick and playoff structure etc.


I for one would like to see a man or better two men who have to agree, in the high castle. With wide latitude to review no calls, stop play and even in ultra extreme cases move back in time cancelling a subsequent play and resetting the field and clock to the point of the problem.

They Should RARELY be heard from.

Your thought on rule, contract, cap, playoff structure etc issues.
 

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I want the replay to be transparent like the XFL is doing.
Camera in the replay booth.

Replay team consists of three people, the head of NFL refs, a representative picked by the coach’s union, and a representative picked by the player’s union.

Majority makes the call.
 
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Definitely, on the obvious blown calls, it should not be that hard to have a group of competent people decide that it needs to be changed. I'm not talking about the iffy ones where it's hard to judge, but way too many obvious errors have been made. Errors that an almost blind, elderly person can see.
 
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A more rational playoff structure is also in order. More interleague play would be nice too.
 

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One tweak that I think would benefit the game, would be in the enforcement of a few defensive penalties:

I believe P.I. should be less punitive. I get all the arguments against this, but I still feel P.I. should not be a spot-foul and should be enforced more like it is at the college and high school levels. Maybe tier it somehow. Passes within 20 yards are 10 yards and automatic first; passes beyond 20 yards are half the distance and an automatic first.

I also believe that illegal contact and hands to the face should not be an automatic first down. Those are too punitive and are akin to turnovers when they happen away from the ball on third and long.

A more rational playoff structure is also in order. More interleague play would be nice too.
I was once against this years ago, but we have been at 12 teams since the early 90s, and back when there were only 28 teams. So about 43% of the teams made the playoffs back then. Now that we are at 32 teams, I would not mind seeing one more team added per conference and doing away with one of the bye weeks. 14 of 32 would be about 43%.

I also think they should not automatically award division winners with home games. A playoff berth is enough of a reward. Now that we have four divisions per conference, it is a near certainty every single year that the top wild card team will have a better record than the worst division winner.

I don't even care if they seed the teams the same - the best record should win homefield every time.

At the end of the day, a football playoff should give the best teams the easiest path to a championship. That's a general principle of most sports. By definition, a team with a 11-5 record is better than a team with a 7-9 record, so the goal should be to give that 11-5 team the best shot at advancing, I.E. homefield.
 
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One tweak that I think would benefit the game, would be in the enforcement of a few defensive penalties:

I believe P.I. should be less punitive. I get all the arguments against this, but I still feel P.I. should not be a spot-foul and should be enforced more like it is at the college and high school levels. Maybe tier it somehow. Passes within 20 yards are 10 yards and automatic first; passes beyond 20 yards are half the distance and an automatic first.

I also believe that illegal contact and hands to the face should not be an automatic first down. Those are too punitive and are akin to turnovers when they happen away from the ball on third and long.



I was once against this years ago, but we have been at 12 teams since the early 90s, and back when there were only 28 teams. So about 43% of the teams made the playoffs back then. Now that we are at 32 teams, I would not mind seeing one more team added per conference and doing away with one of the bye weeks. 14 of 32 would be about 43%.

I also think they should not automatically award division winners with home games. A playoff berth is enough of an reward. Now that we have four divisions per conference, it is a near certainty every single year that the top wild card team will have a better record than the worst division winner.

I don't even care if they seed the teams the same - the best record should win homefield every time.

At the end of the day, a football playoff should give the best teams the easiest path to a championship. That's a general principle of most sports. By definition, a team with a 11-5 record is better than a team with a 7-9 record, so the goal should be to give that 11-5 team the best shot at advancing, I.E. homefield.
What if the 5 losses were the last five and the 7 wins the last seven.
 

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No more former plays as refs, sure they should be more familiar with rules, but they always have bias.
 

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There are a lot of ideas being bandied about; extending the season, PI replay tweaks, onside kick and playoff structure etc.


I for one would like to see a man or better two men who have to agree, in the high castle. With wide latitude to review no calls, stop play and even in ultra extreme cases move back in time cancelling a subsequent play and resetting the field and clock to the point of the problem.

They Should RARELY be heard from.

Your thought on rule, contract, cap, playoff structure etc issues.
I read structural changes and immediately got excited, but nope, Roger is still around.
 

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How about letting the fans watching at home vote on the play being reviewed. At least show the fan vote vs what the referees decide.
 

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How about letting the fans watching at home vote on the play being reviewed. At least show the fan vote vs what the referees decide.
Are you an American Idol fan?
Fans already have WAY too much input on the game, from "Pro-Bowl" voting to fantasy football interference.
 

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One tweak that I think would benefit the game, would be in the enforcement of a few defensive penalties:

I believe P.I. should be less punitive. I get all the arguments against this, but I still feel P.I. should not be a spot-foul and should be enforced more like it is at the college and high school levels. Maybe tier it somehow. Passes within 20 yards are 10 yards and automatic first; passes beyond 20 yards are half the distance and an automatic first.

I also believe that illegal contact and hands to the face should not be an automatic first down. Those are too punitive and are akin to turnovers when they happen away from the ball on third and long.



I was once against this years ago, but we have been at 12 teams since the early 90s, and back when there were only 28 teams. So about 43% of the teams made the playoffs back then. Now that we are at 32 teams, I would not mind seeing one more team added per conference and doing away with one of the bye weeks. 14 of 32 would be about 43%.

I also think they should not automatically award division winners with home games. A playoff berth is enough of an reward. Now that we have four divisions per conference, it is a near certainty every single year that the top wild card team will have a better record than the worst division winner.

I don't even care if they seed the teams the same - the best record should win homefield every time.

At the end of the day, a football playoff should give the best teams the easiest path to a championship. That's a general principle of most sports. By definition, a team with a 11-5 record is better than a team with a 7-9 record, so the goal should be to give that 11-5 team the best shot at advancing, I.E. homefield.
Totally agree with this, and been saying this forever. Keep the system that the four division winners and 2 wild cards get playoff spots. BUT, the individual records determine the seeding.

Win a crappy division at 8-8? Great! You're in the playoffs. But that team in a better division that went 11-5 and only got a wild-card spot gets the home game.
 

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