Anyone Want To See The Divisions Realigned ?

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  1. allsilverdreams

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    I'm so tired of the same teams year in and year out. Why do i care about the Bills, Jets or Patriots. I would love to see us with Jax,Bucs,Falcons,Saints.
    What would you like to see.
     
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  2. phinfan33

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    I think we need to switch with the Colts. Why is a northern team in the AFC South?
     
  3. Njphinsfan

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    I agree. Been saying that for years. The Jets, Bills and Patriots are all close to each other, as are the Texans, Titans and Jags. Just look at the mileage we travel to play division games. Makes no sense. If this was done a few years ago, there could have been a lot more Brady-Manning matchups.
     
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    Should re-shuffle the divisions and conferences every decade.
     
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    I don't see the divisions ever being realigned unless they add a bunch more teams
     
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    yes i always felt that if they are aligned by true geography, then some pretty cool and intense regional rivalries would form.

    just toying around, something like:

    NE, NYG, NYJ, PHI
    BUF, PIT, BAL, WAS
    CAR, ATL, TEN, JAX
    MIA, TB, NO, HOU
    DET, CLE, IND, CIN
    CHI, GB, MIN, KC
    SEA, DEN, SF, OAK / LV
    LAR, LAC, ARI, DAL
     
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    I've been thinking the same thing for YEARS!!
     
  8. superphin

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    Yep definitely should have been us that got moved to the South. Also would have been cool to see Brady and Manning in the same division during their prime years.
     
  9. SF Dolphin Fan

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    I'd go even more "rogue" actually.

    Why not have the AFC teams all in one division, playing each team one time with one game a year versus NFC teams. Then you take the top six teams with tie-breaker being head-to-head, record in the conference etc. Every team would essentially have the same schedule with the exception being the match-up versus the NFC . Home games could switch every other year. Miami would still get New England, Buffalo and the Jets every year but could build rivalries with other AFC teams as well.

    I've seen some ideas that I like where the super bowl could be two NFC teams or two AFC teams. That would involve quite a bit more, though. But there certainly have been years where the two best teams came from the same conference. Imagine Miami versus Pittsburgh for the super bowl in the 1970's or San Francisco against Dallas in the 1990's.
     
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    The last realignment decision making made it clear why the teams and divisions were assigned.

    Preserving (old) rivalries took precedence over geography. The Dolphins have too much history with Jets, Bills and Patriots to be moved to the South. Indianapolis had less ties to the old AFC East than the rest of the teams. Odd man out.

    Much like the Dallas Cowboys will never leave the NFC East even though the NFC South would be a better alignment with Carolina going to the East.

    It's a regional rivalry preservation of old school fans and divisions. I doubt it will ever change.
     
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    I still like having 2 games a year against the f'n Jets, f'n Bills and f'n Pats.
     
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    I agree that the divisions should be changed, and be based on location. Too many teams are in the wrong division. Yes, I understand wanting to keep old rivalries, but several teams over the years have been forced to move which created new rivalries. As it stands, a new football fan would see Miami and New England in the same division and wonder what moron came up with the idea to pair 3 Northeast teams with the Southernmost team in the entire league.
     
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    HELL NO !!!
     
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    If you can't beat them, realign!
     
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    I like the old rivalries and cold weather games.
    The Pats run is almost over.
    We already took a lot of losses over the last 15 years. The worm will turn.
    Stay with this schedule IMHO
     
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    simple solution:

    Two 16 team conferences, playing each conference opponent once per season (alternating home/away every other season). Top 6 teams make the playoffs. Of course that takes it from a 16 game schedule to 15 games. If you just had to have 16 games have every team play one non-conference game. There really is no need for divisional matchups and no teams get an advantage or disadvantage from being in a weak or strong division.
     
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    if what you want is truly geographical, move the ravens to the afc east, the colts to the north and the dolphins to the south. dont see how there is any argument against this alignment.
     
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    It’s too late for realignment ideas people. We needed this in 2000 !!
     
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    why would you care about the JAX BUCS or Saints ?
     
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    I love to hate the Patriots
    I love to hate the Bills, and
    I really love to hate the Jets.

    So no.
     
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    Beyond over NE winning every year so sure bring it on.
     
  22. njFinsForever

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    NE’s time is coming soon, so not too worried about the future outlook of this division. And for some reason we have played the pats pretty competitively in recent history.

    I’d be happy with colts, pats, bills, jets in east and fins, jags, Texans, Titans in south
    But as others have stated, nahgonnahappen
     
  23. Miamifinz

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    Aside from the fact that I’d love to be out of the Patriots division altogether, it’s extremely unfair that the Dolphins have to travel all the way up the coast 3 times a year to play the Jets Bills and Patriots.
     
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    Could take the first place finishers out of each division and do an 8 team playoff leading to two weeks of playoffs then a two week rest for the final two teams in the super bowl.

    Or, could take the first two teams of each division and do a 16 team playoff with no rest between playoff games making it a 4 week playoff with the super bowl being that 4th week.

    Like how you got rid of conferences and did the divisions by geography. That's much better.
     
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    You can still hate them all you want even if divisions changed
     
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    Tom Brady with one foot out the door......no way i'm realigning.

    New England is about to get pummeled for a decade by Adam Gase, starting week 4 this season.

    I am not giving that up.
     
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    Even if divisions changed we would still get cold weather games. The current rivalries are very good because they have been in existence forever. The same would happen over time, IMO even more intense, if teams were in divisions with teams close together. Fans could travel easier as well.
     
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    For me, realignment has nothing to do with wanting to get out of New England's division but simply to make divisions better in a rivalry perspective.
     
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    This. And I don't have any issue with it. I love the rivalries as they are.
     
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    I love this idea.
     
  31. SF Dolphin Fan

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    I knew there had to be another "rogue" fan out there. Seriously, though, it solves a lot of perceived issues you hear with fans. If teams are competing for the same playoff position, why should schedules vary so much? This would essentially give every team the same schedule.
     
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    I like it but I'm pretty sure the NFL would hate it. Each team would play a particular team in the other conference only once every 16 years. Major league baseball went the other way when they introduced inter-league play. It could have worked with a smaller league of 25-26 teams which allows 3-4 inter-conferences games per team. Maybe if they eventually expand the schedule to 18 games.

    Another problem is the imbalance due to football's strong home-field advantage.
     
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    It makes too much sense. It would also give non Florida residents better chances of seeing the Dolphins play. Another bonus is teams in bad divisions are no longer rewarded.
     
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    Yeah, that's a great point. It's disappointing to see a team win a division with an 8-8 record and make the playoffs, while a 10-6 team is out.
     
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    That's one aspect I don't like about this idea as well. Would like to see more games against the NFC. Perhaps, you could rotate it a little differently so that you play against one NFC division each year with 12 games in the AFC. A little less clean as far as strength of schedule, but that could work as well.

    That said, I still like it a lot better than the current format.
     
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    Any argument? Historical precedent?

    Some of you would do anything just to get away from the Pats or the occasional late season debacle against the Bills or Jets.
     
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    Also, somewhat to your point, rivalries aren't necessarily geographical in football. Dallas and San Francisco were rivalries when both teams were gunning for the super bowl in the 1990's. Denver and New England have recently been bigger rivals IMO than any other AFC East team from the Patriots standpoint. That's another reason I like the idea of playing every team in the AFC each year, or a system more like that. Rivalries change and the chance to play more teams may help other rivalries develop.
     
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    Ok so go with 31 game schedule play every once. Then seed teams 1-32 and play double elimination playoffs football all year
     
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    Just another way to dilute the league.

    You want rivalries outside your division? Win and make them in the postseason, like we USED to.
     
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    Miami is a little yankee colony. Nothing southern about it except for geography.
     

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