Week 10 in the NFL was brutal. Stellar offensive tackles
And against that backdrop, the NFL is seriously considering adding two more regular season games?
By now you've heard the arguments that a longer season would decimate rosters so completely that playoff games would feature teams that were a shell of themselves. That it could conceivably shorten the careers of some marquee players. But I think there are a few reasons additional games might be worth it.
Heck, who knows when Brady himself would have gotten an opportunity were it not for the hit the Jets'
That is not to say that injuries are a good thing, because they are not. The fact remains, however, that injuries are what it takes a lot of times for some players to get their opportunity and run with it.
Injuries, or at least the threat of them, are already a very big part of the NFL. They force organizations to build their teams the right way, making sure that they have depth in case a key player or players go down. That said, it's utterly amazing how often a team gets an injury at the exact position it can least afford. That's what is so great about the NFL. Weaknesses are almost always revealed and often exploited.
For one, the league would have to look very hard at adding more roster spots, which is music to the ears of bottom feeders and bubble players everywhere. And for those critics who assume there will be more injuries, that would mean more players likely going on the Injured Reserve list, which would entail more players getting signed to an active roster during the season. The end result, of course, is those players will accumulate an additional credited season towards their pension and other player benefits. Even if the league doesn't add to the 53-man roster, it's likely more men will get paid to play football.
Plus, adding another game or two may be the only way the Player's Association and the league can reach an accord on a new collective bargaining agreement. The extra revenue, provided it is indeed significant, could be exactly what is needed to avoid a lockout in 2011. In other words, the choice could be more football or no football. That seems like a pretty easy one if you ask me.