The NFL’s latest expansion idea: 18 weeks

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Any good businessman will tell you that once profits have stabilized or plateaued, the next step is expansion.

In the case of the NFL, “expansion” can have very different meanings and complications.

Adding more teams seems to be a quick response, but that might just dilute the talent pool, along with spreading around fan dollars. Besides, I love having exactly 32 teams and I’d hate to see that change.

They’ve tried expanding into new markets with the current teams, which is why we are now seeing games played in England and attempts to play in Mexico. But to me, that is really more a way to increase the customer base as opposed to an actual expansion of the offered product line.

Which brings me to the most recent idea to get some traction: expanding the regular season from 16 to 18 games.

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What to do with a disgruntled NFL player?

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

With the dog days of summer upon us, and very little news coming out of the NFL, there is one story I’ve been following. Running back Duke Johnson wants out of Cleveland.

During the off-season, Johnson asked the Cleveland Browns to trade him. He was feeling like the Browns just didn’t want him anymore. Hearing that the Browns had put Johnson on the trading block before the running back had even asked about a trade was sort of a hint. Johnson has become so adamant about wanting out of Cleveland that he fired his agent Kristin Campbell and hired Super-agent Drew Rosenhaus.

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What’s in a name? The fun in Fantasy Football monikers.

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Its almost time. You can almost smell the compeition start to bubble up from within. Stats, lists, scheme breakdowns. Its all just around the corner. No, I’m not talking about NFL training camp. I’m talking about FANTASY FOOTBALL.

There are thousands of websites dedicated to fantasy football. How to build a team, how players are ranked, how to draft in the best way possible, everything you could possibly need. But lets be honest, we all know what the most important part of Fantasy Football is. Its all about your team name.

Every year I am amazed by the creativity some people use when creating a team name. A great spin on current events or pop culture. A snarky twist on a players name. So many ways that people find the perfect name.

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All or Nothing: The Carolina Panthers

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

“All or Nothing,” the Emmy award winning Amazon original series, returns on Friday, July 19th.

A competitor to the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” this program is entering it’s 4th season. It’s produced by NFL Films and will be available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

In case you missed them, the previous three seasons featured the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2018, they ventured into the college ranks with the Michigan Wolverines getting eight episodes as well as Manchester City of the English Premier League.

This year, they are back to the NFL and will feature the Carolina Panthers!

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In the “New NFL” who would be the winners?

 

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

For the past two weeks, Kate Arhar has written about more geographically pleasing divisions in the NFL.

I love the idea! It would be great to see some of the new rivalries.  It would be great to see the Cowboy fans, Saints fans, and Falcon fans go at it.

The AFC North rivalries would be awesome as well! While there weren’t too many big changes with the teams, there were some.

This week’s Blitzed NFL Insider’s featured article!

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Patience is key in fantasy football

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Football season can’t come any faster for me. As I sit at the kitchen table sipping a Starbucks coffee, the compelling urge to turn on the television to watch a football game is overwhelming.

So I scroll through my email and spot the invitation for our yearly Our Turf Football Fantasy Football league. The excitement is breathtaking and I start putting together a strategy as to how I will draft my players.

But our league has a smart tradition: we don’t draft until preseason is over. This way we know who is out due to injury and we have a chance to start the season with fresh healthy players.

The ladies at OTFB are very serious about our FF league and the players we choose fuel our competitive drive. We are always respectful and encouraging to one another but have no problem pitting a prime player in the right spot to win.

For years we have played a standard league, and it works for us. Several of us play for fun, while others play to win. But patience is key in fantasy football.

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Checking in on the Baltimore Ravens

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the Baltimore Ravens here on Our Turf.  So, I scoured the internet to find someone who I could ask about the Ravens.  I came up with “The most ELITE Raven’s blog on the internet”, The Baltimore Feather!   He was gracious enough to let me pick his brain about the 2018 AFC North champions.   Here’s our chat!

SG: John Harbaugh. They extended him over the offseason, and a lot of people felt that he could be on the move. How do you feel about that?

The Baltimore Feather:  John Harbaugh’s extension was well deserved. His win of the AFC North after changing quarterbacks and offensive schemes mid-season makes him look like a football wizard. Many people were convinced at the bye week that Harbaugh would depart from Baltimore after 2018, but his playoff push saved him from that fate.

I think the extension and the vote of confidence from the Ravens brass are well deserved and the right move for the organization. Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in the NFL, and it would be a terrible mistake to let him go.

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NFL reorganization: a serious proposal

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Last week, I had fun with my OCD and wrote about radically changing around all of the NFL divisions to create a more geographically pleasing picture.

I was genuinely surprised at the number of fans who loved my ideas – and equally surprised at the ones who hated my new divisions.

But even the haters agreed that some amount of reorganizing is way overdue. If you simply pause and think about the number of teams that have moved, from Houston to Tennessee or perhaps St. Louis to Los Angeles, and you will agree that a few changes would be a good thing.

Here is my much more realistic view of a few changes to divisions that make a ton of sense.  I’m not moving anyone from the AFC to the NFC and I’m keeping most of the divisions intact, so this should be a fairly painless change for most of you!

This week’s Blitzed NFL Insider’s featured article!

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Looking ahead at the possible quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

 

As we are slowly approaching the 2019 NFL season, many fans and analysts are already looking ahead to the 2020 NFL draft.

With the start of a new season comes the prediction that this could be one of the best quarterback classes we have seen in quite a while.  If any or all of these predictions come true come late into the 2019 college football season, I would expect to see as many as 5 teams trying to land their franchise quarterback.

Leading the list of quarterbacks that will be eligible to enter the 2020 NFL draft is Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.  If you follow any Miami Dolphins fan, you probably have seen the “Tank For Tua” posts flying around.  Barring severe injury or a disastrous junior season, Tagovailoa is expected to be the first quarterback off the board.  The 6’1″ dynamic dual-threat quarterback and Walter Camp Player of the Year will start his campaign out August 31st against Duke.

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Colts find a gem in Parris

 

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG 

 

Rebuilding a team can take more than a season.  But when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts, under the command of general manager Chris Ballard, the rebuild is almost complete.

During the rebuilding process, Ballard’s focus was to make over this team and gather young weapons to make a postseason run.  Perhaps we saw a preview last season when the Colts caught fire after a slow 1-5 start that eventually led them to a surprising postseason run.

Ballard started this process with his second-round picks. Particularly, of course, we all know the story of linebacker Darius Leonard, a player that Ballard drafted in 2018. Some questioned the pick.  But he now leads as one of the Top NFL Players 25-and-younger brigade along with Colts’ guard Quenton Nelson.  And don’t forget, he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018.

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