9 unintended consequences that could happen with a 16-18 rule regular season
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By Michael Colangelo

The NFL is really focused on figuring out this 18-game regular season thing. Now a new report is out that the NFL is thinking about going to players with a 16-18 game regular season — and yes, that’s the nomenclature I am using until we figure out something better. It seems like the best option. Preseason games aren’t really worth it for season ticket holders. Players don’t want to play 18-games because of player safety issues, but they don’t have to if this is put into place. Plus, we get more football and more football is always better than less football. Of course, there will be unintended consequences. There are always here. Here are a few . . .

What if you need a right tackle in the 18th game because you only carry four tackles and use a swing tackle to keep your offensive line fresh and three of the four played in too many games? Well, that team would have to drop someone and bring someone in off the street or the practice squad. The player who was dropped from the roster could then sign somewhere else. If that player is an interesting project, a team just wasted the entire development effort they just put...



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