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Bill Polian: 18-Game Schedule a Done Deal --

Tue Sep 28, 2010 --from FFMastermind.com


AP reports Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian believes the debate over an 18-game NFL season is over, and an expanded schedule will soon become a reality. The competition committee member and former league executive twice said he expects the NFL to stretch its regular season by two games. He twice called the decision a “fait accompli” during his weekly radio show Monday night. “I think that the owners, and principally the commissioner, have decided that it’s the way to go, and so the debate, such as it was, is over,” Polian said. “I’ve heard recently, and I’m sorry that this didn’t get more coverage earlier, some really, really interesting commentary on it. … I wish some of that dialogue had taken place earlier.” Officially, nothing has changed. League owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have expressed support for cutting the preseason schedule from four games to two and expanding the regular-season schedule from 16 to 18. But the format change hasn’t been approved by either the owners or the NFL Players Association. Polian believes that is just a formality although the two sides are trying to work out a new collective bargaining agreement before the current deal expires in March. A caller asked Polian how close the league was to expanding to 18 games and how the Colts would respond to fewer preseason games, trimming the number of opportunities players would have to win roster spots. Polian said: “The short answer is that it’s a fait accompli, I’m afraid, and we’re going to have to find ways to get those evaluative experiences. We’re not going to sit back and say, ’Oh oh, 18 games. Now we’re going to become a veteran team.’ That’s not going to work. And it’s not the way we want to play.”

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At one time 6 preseason games was essential for determining rosters. They would bring in over 100 guys to figure out the roster. Now with todays talent evaluation they only bring in 80. They would change the whole off and pre season to get the info they need to make the roster. The best idea

I heard was bringing in the young guys about 2 weeks before the vets like an extra rookie camp.

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