Go ahead and round it up to 24 games total with every team, with the exception of two teams (mainly Detriot and Kansas City), making the playoffs.
How is the regular season largely irrelevant? This year had a fantastic end of the season. I agree that adding more games will cause more irrelevance, but the current system works great!
The regular season isn't irrelevant for three reasons:
1. It determines which 12 teams will vie for the championship
2. It makes money for the NFL.
3. While some fans think it might be too long right now, fans like the idea of blowing Sunday afternoons watching "irrelevant" games throughout the entire fall and the early parts of winter.
Maybe the last several weeks become irrelevant for some teams (largely those teams that are clearly not going to make the playoffs or those teams that have already solidified their position in the playoffs). But tell the 12 or so teams and their fans that were fighting for their playoff lives/for playoff position/to knock a team out of the playoffs, particularly the Philadelphia Eagles fans, that the regular season, and week 17 in particular, is irrelevant...
I love football and generally, more football is a good thing to me. I agree the current system is fine. It's been proven time and time again, this year included, the regular season is not irreverent at all. I continue to be amused when this "argument" comes up.
I am concerned of what 1 or two more regular season games will do though. I agree the preseason needs to be shortened but not sure the regular season needs to be extended.
But you can bet I'll watch those extra games. :)
Maybe that has something to with it. I do know that the players union has all ready spoken out against 2 more regular season games.
The only way I would be in favor of expanding the season is if it was 1 game played on a neutral field.
Another thing here is that yes they will be getting rid of 2 pre season games, but you'll now have some teams clinching that much earlier and playing their last 2 games like a pre season game anyways, so what's the difference?
Yeah the last 3 are "exciting", but I don't feel any sort of loss missing a few games here or there. I don't think I watched a single NFL game in it's entirety all season this last year. I grew up a Bears fan and, when the Colts moved to my home state in 1984, I started following them as well. When they met in the Superbowl a couple of years back, I don't think I watched more than 25 minutes of it, and I really didn't have anything else going on.
Adding more games to the season has nothing to do with adding excitement, and everything to do with adding revenue. Why don't they just play 52 game seasons and be done with it?
I've just grown fed up with the NFL. It's all style and no substance. It's soap opera for guys, and I'm just sick of it. It's turning into the WWF (or whatever it's called these days).
Turn back the clock 20 years and watch the Bears play the Packers back when the rivalry meant something, and the NFL was simply awesome. Nowadays it's mostly just a bunch of primadona millionaires biding time until their next contract year.