NFL Developmental League

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  1. J-Russ

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    I like this.

    This is where players like Chris Taylor, Darius Walker, Zac Diles, Bradon Frye, etc. could've been instead of rotting in the practice squad.
     
  2. ubecool454

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    The NFL Development League...what it this.....I always thought college football was the NFLs Development League.
     
  3. edo783

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    I like the idea. I think the starting and ending dates might be off a bit. March-June/July might be better. Gets the play more out of the way of the NFL.
     
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    Sounds like a good idea. They play during the summer, and thus there would be more football, meaning that I don't have to watch baseball for my sports fix. Hell, put a team here in Austin.
     
  5. J-Russ

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    I rather have the DL play during the regular season. Off-season DL football already have NFL Europe.
     
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    NFL Europe is no more. It has been canned.
     
  7. Hervoyel

    Hervoyel The Right Track

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    At first it seems like a developmental league should play during the same time as the regular league but football is so different from any other sport that I think maybe a spring league might be the only practical way to do it.

    How long would the season be for the D-NFL? If it's very long then you're talking about wearing guys out so that the real teams will be calling on tired legs and dinged up players by the second half of the season. What's a farm team worth if many of the players are beat up by the time you need them?

    A spring league would solve that problem to some extent. They get their reps, play their games, and keep interest in football alive during the dark days of spring when there's nothing but crap sports to focus on. During their off-season the players will have a similar schedule to what their parent club does during the spring. They'll have some mini-camps and voluntary workouts. I'd imagine you would want them to have some more "mandatory" activities because you want guys in pretty good shape in case they're called up. I think that you would have very few "slugs" in the developmental league. Non-motivated individuals need not apply. This would be a league for guys who want to play in the NFL but just take longer to develop.

    Also since football is such a violent game you probably wouldn't have a lot of guys going 8-10 years "in the minors". Teams wouldn't be that interested in them unless they just needed them to fill out rosters. If players don't make a dent in somebody's roster after 2-3 years, 4 at the most then they'd probably move on to whatever they were going to do with the rest of their lives.
     
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    That makes sense for the most part. If the D-league started up after the Pro-Bowl and went through June, the players would have a few weeks to rest up before the parent team starts training camp. Once training camp starts, the parent team could bring in about a dozen of the most promising players from their D-league. Maybe a few will make the active Roster, and the ones that don't get sent back to the D-league team along with any other players that don't make the active roster but the parent team wants to maintain control of.
     


  9. Hervoyel

    Hervoyel The Right Track

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    Exactly. You're more than likely not going to get an immediate starter out of the D-League in most instances. You're probably going to be pulling depth from there. You could of course get that guy who develops for you and then bring him to camp and he might end up playing two straight seasons of football with a month or so break in between them. Then you might get a guy who gets tired but I don't see that being the routine. It'll more likely be the exception.

    I think it's a great idea and I think that it would be cool to see them bring back teams like the Canton Bulldogs to be farm clubs. I'd love to see it happen and if the NFL had done this back in the day when they created NFL Europe (of the WLAF or whatever the hell they called it back in the day) then they'd still be playing and making some big money leveraging those old team names and additional spring football TV revenue. They marketed NFL-E to the wrong people. Over here, in smaller cities where the NFL will never go this could have been a gold mine and an invaluable resource.
     
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    I think you are absolutely right on there. There are so many other mid-sized cities that just aren't big enough to support an NFL team, but would be perfect for a developemental team.
     
  11. Wolf

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    I don't watch arena league but I imagine it would hurt that league or would the NFL just buy it out and move outdoors?
     

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