Realignment in the NFL

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  1. Thorn

    Thorn Dirty Old Man

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    There's always talk of realignment in the NFL, but it probably won't happen. How would you realign the NFL if it was up to you? I did this some time ago, and it's based strickly on geography. Even at that, it takes some fudging.

    Eastern Conferance

    New England
    New York
    New York
    Buffalo

    Pittsburgh
    Philadelphia
    Washington
    Baltimore

    Cleveland
    Cincinnati
    Indianapolis
    Detroit

    Chicago
    Green Bay
    Minnesota
    St. Louis

    Southwestern Conferance

    Carolina
    Tennessee
    Kansas City
    New Orleans

    Tampa Bay
    Jacksonville
    Miami
    Atlanta

    Houston
    Dallas
    Denver
    Arizona

    San Diego
    Oakland
    Seattle
    San Francisco
     
  2. Dutchrudder

    Dutchrudder King of the Potato People

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    Indy sure would be in a sweet spot
    With that setup.
     
  3. houstonspartan

    houstonspartan Hall of Fame

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    You have to keep Houston with Indy and Tennessee. The Texans, Titans and Colts have to remain in the same division. Those rivalries have gotten deep seated.
     
  4. spurstexanstros

    spurstexanstros Texans Rising

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    Two words to why it wont happen.....Jerry Jones
     
  5. The Pencil Neck

    The Pencil Neck Subscribed Contributor

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    It won't happen any time soon because you're losing the AFL/NFL distinctions.
     
  6. ziggy29

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    Not so sure. I think Detroit will be a pretty good team in a couple more years, and Cleveland could be considerably improved as well. And Indy keeps getting a little older and a little less dominant each year.
     
  7. Thorn

    Thorn Dirty Old Man

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    Does that really matter? Some of the original NFL teams now play in the AFL conferance. I'm not really promoting it, it'll never happen for many reasons, but it's interesting to play around with. I think the Houston, Dallas, Denver, Arizona division would potentially be a very high scoring division.
     
  8. Doppelganger

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    And DC would be screwed.
     


  9. The Pencil Neck

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    I think there's still some power to the old AFL/NFL breakdown although it's diminishing over time, I think it will be a long time before it doesn't matter.

    A Houston, Dallas, Denver, Arizona division would be pretty exciting.
     
  10. Doppelganger

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    The problem with this is the regional aspect would dilute markets. For example, if you put NY and NY in the same division, that splits your fan base. It is tougher to be a Giants and Jets fan if they play each other 2x a year. Instead, if you put them in different conferences, where they only play in preseason and once every 4 years, its easier. Not splitting your fan base means more league revenue.
     
  11. gwallaia

    gwallaia Moderator Staff Member

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    The divisions will remain as they are now...... forever.
     
  12. LonerATO

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    I would like to see teams realigned by their geography
     
  13. Texaninlild

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    There would be a lot of blackouts in the Florida division. The kitties and fishies have a hard time selling tickets.
     
  14. Texan4Ever

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    Ditto. The Cowboys in the East, really? Make the divisions aligned geographically and make the divisions competitive unlike the West divisions.
     
  15. DexmanC

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    You'll be convicted of NFL Heresy by destroying the NFC East.
    The Football Gods would never go for it.
     
  16. spurstexanstros

    spurstexanstros Texans Rising

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  18. Thorn

    Thorn Dirty Old Man

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    It wouldn't be the first time I've gone against the popular opinion. LOL
     
  19. Hervoyel

    Hervoyel The Right Track

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    To the extent that it's possible for the NFL to be aligned perfectly it is aligned perfectly. I'd change nothing at all. 32 teams should be a carved in stone absolute limit (I actually preferred 28) and the current divisions are pretty damn good if you ask me. Nice balance of the old and the new.

    The only change I'd make to the league would be to make Bud Adams accept a renamed franchise in Houston and change the Texans name to "Oilers". It's the way things should be. The Texans are at least as snake-bit as the Oilers were and "Texans" is some idiotic retread stupidity that we had to settle for because Bud got away with stealing our teams name. We got raped on that deal and keeping the name and history should have been the condition we gave him to leave his lease early.

    But I digress. Alignment is as good as it's going to get. I say tinker with nothing.
     
  20. GP

    GP Go Texans!

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    I would switch with Seattle.

    And make it retroactive. We're playing next weekend.
     

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