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    NFL has considered widening the playing field 35 feet, and reportedly may revisit the idea


    The NFL reportedly might consider widening the playing field to Canadian Football League standards, a drastic idea that would be one of the bigger rules changes the game has seen in a long time – if it comes to pass.
    The National Football Post reported that the league has talked about widening the field sideline-to-sideline from 160 feet to 195 feet, which is the CFL standard, and the league might look into the idea again this offseason.
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    The National Football Post said the competition committee discussed the idea a year ago. In theory, a wider field would be safer for a league that has much bigger and faster players than it did decades ago.
    “I’m not so sure we shouldn’t think about widening the field,” former competition committee member Bill Polian told the National Football Post. “It’s a radical idea, but I think it’s worth thinking about. You would have more space and perhaps a safer game. I say that based on my CFL experience. There are less collisions of that type in the Canadian game.”
    The idea of a wider field is radical, and although the league needs to improve player safety, it seems like changing the dimensions of the field would take a lot of convincing to a league that doesn't make major modifications very often.
    The National Football Post story made the counter-argument that the wider field might not necessarily help player safety, because players would have more room to build up speed and have bigger collisions.
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    There would be many logistical issues. Many stadiums were built with the 160-foot wide field in mind, with every foot of possible room used for seats that generate revenue. Widening the field by more than 10 yards might make the playing area inside the stands a bit snug. Also, for teams that use the fields for college or high school state playoff games, converting between the two would be a difficult task. Also, there's the fact that it's hard to imagine the NFL changing one of the basic foundations of the game after so many years with the same size field. The last change this drastic might be when the league moved the goal posts from the goal line to the back of the end zone in 1974.
    Changing the width of the field would be a major change to the game, and while it doesn't logically seem very likely to happen soon, the NFL needs to look at every possibility to quell the negative publicity over player safety issues


    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-sh...4198--nfl.html


    well, what say you?? I dont know yet.



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    Naw, it's good right now.

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    Hmm, player safety or opening the field up for more exciting, revenue generating offense....I wonder what their real thought is.

    Also, doesn't the CFL use 12 guys on the field at once to compensate for the additional space?
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    Really? Make the field wider for player safety. I don't think its needed. There is only a few players that hit hard nowadays. How many years before it turns into 2 hand touch or flag football.

    I have a feeling in 5 years I won't be watching the sport formerly known as football.

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    Never happen. Meanwhile, all the players complaining about the penalties for these bang bang plays

    better not get on this concusion gravy train after they've played the last game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Hmm, player safety or opening the field up for more exciting, revenue generating offense....I wonder what their real thought is.

    Also, doesn't the CFL use 12 guys on the field at once to compensate for the additional space?
    Yes, there are 12 players on the field in the CFL. I wouldn't say that the extra player makes much of a difference on the wider and longer field though.

    I always thought the main reason for the bigger field in the CFL was because there are only 3 downs, and thus more space on the field equals longer plays. There are definitely many more blown coverages and missed tackles because of the space afforded the players.

    I really don't see how it would work with a 4 down NFL.
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    It shouldn't and won't happen.

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