- April 4, 2021 at 7:46 pm #10334
It got surprisingly little fanfare, at least to me, that the NFL has approved playing a 17 game season in 2021, at the cost of playing only three preseason games to maintain compliance with the 20 game limit in the CBA.
The 17th game is a cross conference game determined by division standings and rotation. Our 17th will be the Bengals.April 4, 2021 at 7:54 pm #10335EricksonKeymaster
It will be interesting to see if any records are broken. Will they have an asterisk?April 4, 2021 at 8:31 pm #10350RedBluffParticipant
I don’t mind it but like we’ve talked about in the past, the players need to be training at HQ year around with some off season breaks and they also need to expand the roster to help with the inevitable injury’s.April 4, 2021 at 9:03 pm #10357
Erickson: Good question. I know there’s already plenty of debate about records pre-merger, 14 game seasons vs. 16 games, and so on. Just more fuel for the fire, I guess.April 5, 2021 at 6:10 am #10358MN 49ers FanParticipant
Not even Jeff Fischer could go 8-8.April 10, 2021 at 11:00 pm #10400OZParticipant
These new team season records are going to bother the hell out of me. 10-7, 9-8. AhhhhApril 11, 2021 at 7:59 am #10401
It’ll be like sumo, which has 15 round tournaments. No such thing as a “break even”. You either have a winning record (the sumo term is “kachikoshi”) or you don’t. Teams will be playing for that 9th win.April 11, 2021 at 8:07 am #10402
Another thought is that those three preseason games are probably going to be more cutthroat for the teams. No more going into pre week 4 knowing 90% of who will be on the team with only a few spots in question, or coaches lingering over decisions like “Let’s give him one more week” because there isn’t one more week. New players will have to work harder to make the most of their limited window to make the team, and coaches will have to step up their evaluation game and make the hard choices sooner.April 11, 2021 at 1:04 pm #10403PhDParticipant
Never understood the ridiculous rules that only allow you to activate a certain number of players on game day. Let the teams use their entire active roster as they see fit.April 11, 2021 at 1:32 pm #10404nm9erholicParticipant
I hope they keep the IR rules from last year in effect too, seems ridiculous to force teams to burn roster spots on injured players, or prevent players who have recovered from ceasing riding pine because two have already returned (or might return later)…April 12, 2021 at 2:13 pm #10408RedBluffParticipant
Spot on Doc…they have a roster let them use them all.
If they had use of the entire roster we might be able to do away with all the Injury rules.April 12, 2021 at 4:39 pm #10409MN 49ers FanParticipant
Are they keeping that stupid 7th team in the playoffs again too?
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