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    NFL moving to CFL type field??

    The NFL isn't only signing players and coaches from the Canadian Football League, it might actually be considering mimicking its field.

    In a continuous effort to create a safer game, the NFL could look into widening the field, similar to the CFL dimension. Former competition committee member Bill Polian told the National Football Post's Dan Pompei the league contemplated the move years ago and might do so again.


    "It's a radical idea, but I think it's worth thinking about," Polian said. "You would have more space and perhaps a safer game. I say that based on my CFL experience. There are less collisions of that type in the Canadian game."

    The Canadian field is 35 feet wider than the NFL's 160 feet.

    Widening the field would drastically change the game in favor of the offense, where more space would make it even more difficult for secondary players -- cue Fantasy Football fans salivating.

    Some believe the NFL has gotten too big, fast and strong for its field and spreading out the game could reduce the amount of high-speed collisions.

    Not everyone is convinced, however. Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith told Pompei he believes if a player has more space to run, the collisions over the course of a game will be more significant.

    The big, debilitating hits the league is trying to jettison, however, usually come from 5- to 10-yard bursts, with the defender lunging at an offensive player, not a 20-yard run-and-hit.

    Field expansion might be a tad extreme, but in the age of concussion awareness, there is nothing the NFL wouldn't and shouldn't at least consider to make the game safer.


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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    I wish the NHL would open up their ice.

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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    I am not sure about that one.

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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    This is one of those "never gonna happen but see we're TRYING to make the game safer" suggestions.

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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    Move off the line by 1 yrd, that will help and a very small change.

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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    A bit early for April Fools isn't it?

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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    There's a 1 out of 1,000,000 chance that is going to happen.

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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    Quote Originally Posted by NeonSam View Post
    There's a 1 out of 1,000,000 chance that is going to happen.
    Players are dying and the NFL being sued, never say never. At least you game will get more exciting.

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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    increasing the field width by 35 feet would cause major problems for just about all the stadiums, i know at RWS there is no room on the current surface for the expansion, and would require significant changes to the stadium and seating, and im sure there are many other places with the same problem
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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    35 feet wider would be extreme...why not 15 or 20?

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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    Never Happen.

    If it's not broke, don't fix.
    NFL is a cash cow right now.

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    Re: NFL moving to CFL type field??

    Quote Originally Posted by SabreEleven View Post
    35 feet wider would be extreme...why not 15 or 20?
    still not enough room in most stadiums to accomidate that, at the ralph the corners of the endzones actually touch the barrier to the seats, so increasing field size by even 1 foot would cause seats to be moved

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