NFL Week 12: My Three Wishes

Richard O'Hagan@@theskiverCorrespondent IINovember 26, 2009

DENVER - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Chris Simms #2 of the Denver Broncos is sacked by Kevin Burnett #99 and Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 22, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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1. I wish the NFL would just drop the whole 17/18 game season idea

Yes, the NFL has one of the shortest seasons of any professional sport. But so what, it is also one of the biggest income generators, too. For every reason that Roger Goodell and company give for extending the season, there seems to be an equally good one against doing so. This, in itself, should be reason enough to keep things as they are.

Think ahead, though. How much of a benefit to fans is it to have those extra two games? Look at the players who are already missing from the League through injury. The loss of Kris Jenkins and Brian Urlacher has completely stuffed the Jets’ and Bears’ seasons and that is in a 17-week season. The point where these injuries usually occur, though, is at the end of the season. The longer you make the season, the more injuries you get. Does anyone really want to see a Superbowl short of stars, between two teams led by second- or third-string quarterbacks, throwing to a geriatric or pre-pubescent receiving corps against a secondary full of rookies? Thought not.

Mr Goodell, you’ve had some bright ideas since becoming commissioner. This isn’t one of them.


2. I wish the Thanksgiving games had a bit of variety to them

Tradition is all very well, but on an important day like today, shouldn’t fans be entitled to the very best fare that the NFL can provide?

What I mean is, Detroit may have made a stunning comeback on Sunday, but that was a real festival of ineptitude rather than a high-quality game. Exciting, but in the wrong way. The Lions are also one of the worst franchises in NFL history, yet they get a prime game every time the last Thursday of November comes around.

And this year they play Green Bay, the side who cancelled Christmas because their quarterback had already seen enough sacks for one year.

Later, we have Oakland, who has taken twice as long as the rest of humanity to realize that JaMarcus Russell wasn’t getting them anywhere, against a Dallas side that has scored a whole 14 points in their past 120 minutes of football. Yawn.

Where are the Colts? The Saints? The Patriots? The sides people will watch week in, week out? I’m all for everyone getting a fair crack of the TV whip, but there are 16 other weeks to do that in.

Even the Giants-Broncos game isn’t going to give you much to stay awake for—assuming the usual post-turkey snooze—if Denver plays the way it did on Sunday.


3. I wish someone would give Chris Simms a fair chance again

Being pulled from a game is traumatic enough. Being pulled in the second quarter more so. Being pulled for a guy on one leg, well, there’s barely a scale big enough to register that on. Especially when the reason is largely due to your O line’s inability to adapt to you being left-handed. It seems that the NFL really won’t give a sucker an even break.