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  1. Of course - the NFL itself increased its regular season from 14 to 16 games. The fact that a precedent exists doesn't mean it's a good thing. A 16 game regular season has worked extremely well for decades. Adding an extra game is going to create all kinds of issues, not least that half the league are going to have more home games than the other half.
  2. One major negative impact of the 17 game regular season will be its inflationary effect on the numbers of the game and the degrading of historical records. At a single season level, we will have bigger numbers all round and it will be easier for players to reach the traditional benchmarks of success such as 1000 yards rushing, or 4000 yards passing. At a multi-season level, it will result in bigger career numbers which could mean players whose careers start post-17 games to challenge all-time records like Rice's receiving yards. It will essentially devalue the achievements of all the players who achieved greatness with 16 games and create a new "post-17" asterisk to be added to new records achieved. It will create inconsistencies in career numbers for players whose careers span both 16 and 17 games. For example, if Michael Thomas exceeds his record number of catches achieved this year in a 17 game regular season by a small margin, is that a greater or lesser achievement than this year's? If a future post-17 game season DE breaks Strahan's record by a single sack, does it really count? After all, if Strahan had had 17 games he likely would have added to his record. All this will pose considerable problems for Hall of Fame voters. They will need to factor in the 17 game regular season numbers into their assessment of candidates from the two eras and you may need to use your calculator a lot. For example, a 5000 yard passing season in 16 games is 5312.5 yards in 17 games. If someone passes for 5300 yards in 17 games, is that a better or worse achievement than 5000 yards in 16? They passed for more yards but the average per game is lower. Who did better? I think the 17 game regular season is a travesty
  3. Looking for experienced dynasty owner with knowledge of IDP to join a very long-standing, free league (we have been going for nearly 20 years!) If interested please email me on miroslav.z@gmail.com. It's hosted on Fleaflicker so would be helpful if you had an account there already. The team has Michael Thomas, DeAndrew Hopkins, Allen Robinson, Travis Kelce, Stefon Diggs, Terry McLaurin and Deebo Samuel and was champion quite recently (and was runner-up last year), so it's not too shabby!
  4. I would have expected Keim to say that he is not going to cut him. It would make sense to try to get whatever he can for him in compensation (and salary cap relief) via trade. If he says he is going to cut him he kills any market for a trade. I still think he will eventually cut him after no-one trades for him.
  5. Yes, but the bigger picture is: * they have the cap room to release him * better to grasp the nettle and do it now than next year and incur further cap hits * having him still on the roster will impact attempts to re-sign Drake because Drake will want more money than his backup * he's not Kingsbury's guy, a coach building a new team will want to clear out the old guard * he's already getting old for a RB (28 next season) so clearly not the future * GMs (like Keim) are more inclined to make "difficult" decisions when things are going well (the same logic applies to politicians), right now he is golden because he drafted Murray so he will calculate it is good time to do it
  6. It wouldn't help the cap this year, but it would help in future years because he would be off the books. I think they will just cut him. They have more than enough room to do so. If I were them, I would be concerned about a situation whereby a malcontent backup RB was making considerably more than the franchise back (presumably Drake).
  7. Lynch jinxed the 49ers by coming down from his box to the sidelines when they were 20-10 up. Couldn't wait to brandish the Lombardi trophy.
  8. On the interception, Hill would have been open for the deep throw for a TD.
  9. This feels like one of those 1980s Super Bowls featuring an explosive AFC team with a superb QB against a powerhouse NFC team with a great D and steady QB. And we know how they usually turned out.
  10. Worst mascot in the league. Doesn't even look like a wolf.
  11. I have been following football since 1989 and that year, the Chiefs went 8-7-1 behind the incredible running of Christian Okoye, the Nigerian nightmare, and new head coach Marty Schottenheimer. They very narrowly failed to make the playoffs and I think would have been a handful for any team in the post-season had they got in. Since then, they have been a sentimental favorite team for me and I have watched time after time the horrors of their regular playoff exits. A few come to mind (and thanks to Pro Football Reference for jogging my mind - these are only the most egregious horrors, although there are plenty of others): 1990: KC at last makes the playoffs. Driving against Dan Marino's Fins down in Miami and needing only a FG to win it, a crucial penalty pushes them out of FG range and they lose. 1993: KC makes the Championship Game with Montana after a Cinderella run but collapses against Buffalo 1995: KC somehow finishes 13-3 with Steve Bono but still manages to lose to the 9-7 Colts 1997: Gannon and Grbac lead the Chiefs to another 13-3 record but they lose to the eventual SB champ Broncos as they err in starting Grbac 2003: KC again finishes 13-3 at the height of the Trent Green/Priest Holmes/Tony Gonzalez era and is SB favorite but manages to lose again to the Colts 2013: KC manages to lost 45-44 to the Colts, again, in an epic collapse to Andrew Luck 2017: KC takes a big early lead against the Titans and then falls to Mariota's comeback By my calculation, the Chiefs were 5-18 in the playoffs since winning the Super Bowl 50 years ago prior to this season, which must be among the worst all-time playoff records. What is shocking, even after all this time, is how often they followed up a superb regular season with a dismal playoff loss. All of which sets the stage, I fear, for another gut-wrenching stomach punch of a collapse. I'm thinking maybe Mahomes throws an INT as the Chiefs drive for the winning TD, or perhaps Kelce or Hill fumble it. Maybe Mathieu drops what would have been the game-winning INT, or maybe a penalty on Suggs negates his game-winning strip sack. But you get the picture. I fear this one is written in the stars.
  12. He was "scripted out" well after that. The Chiefs stoned Henry whenever they tried to run it in the 3rd quarter. I remember a couple of big stops that felt highly symbolic. It wasn't until the fourth quarter when they were in catch-up mode that they stopped featuring him.