Today’s blog, on June the 8th, is brought to you by the number 8. The number of games the NFL may play in 2011.
According to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal, the NFL is now beginning to consider shorter seasons for 2011 including “as short as eight regular-season games”.
How does this affect the Titans? Aside from the obvious–not getting to play half their games, there are some interesting things to ponder on.
Lesser Time, Lesser Development
The Titans are likely to start a rookie QB in Jake Locker and in the event they do make the playoffs, Locker would have half the experience he would’ve had by playing a regular season under normal conditions. This can only be bad as Locker will have the most influence on the team.
The Titans have a lot of young players in key roles: LB Gerald McRath, LB Akeem Ayers, DE Derrick Morgan, WR Damian Williams, CB’s McCourty and Verner…..the list goes on. The lesser season stints all of these players in their development as well.
The coaching staff will have less time to learn the good and bad of every player.
On the plus side, the coaching staff receives less time to display their tendencies. This prevents other teams from “figuring out” the Titans in 2011. We all know it will be ‘run the ball’ and ‘stop the run’ but the details that when and lose games might remain hidden.
They have to stay. If anything is kept in place, it will be the truest route to the playoffs. The Divisional Rivalries are a must. So there are 6 games. I say the other two remain in conference. There lies the 8 games. It could be really awesome, but the lack of football would be a crime in 50 states—so I say.
The best part resides in the fact that with a shorter allotment of games, everything will be fast paced. Pressure will be on to win every game. College football will have nothing on the NFL.