Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL doesn’t need four preseason games, and that the NFL should move to an 18-game season. It is what the players want, he says.
Tom Brady and Ray Lewis didn’t necessarily agree with that assessment, raising concerns about extending playing time.
So are there any players — as Goodell contends — who actually want an 18-game season?
There certainly is.
Bears LB Lance Briggs says he favors the 18-game season, if for nothing else, because it means more money (via the Chicago Tribune).
“I’ll take an 18-game schedule over four preseason games where we all get paid is $1,100 a game,” Briggs told the Tribune. “Yes, absolutely, I think that players who are going out there are under-compensated for the work that we put out there on the field in the preseason. …
“I think there are more positives to (an 18-game schedule) than there are negatives. But in order for that to happen, it is going to change some of the dynamics of how we play, or how our coaches choose to coach these guys.”
At what point will we finally get that desired year-round football, where the season never ends like the Davis Cup or the Champions League?