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Widening field isn’t on Competition Committee’s agenda

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Over the weekend, a former member of the Competition Committee floated the notion that pro football could be made safer by widening the field.

Key word:  Former.

The current members of the Competition Committee have not placed the proposal on their agenda for 2013, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.  Which means that possibility of a wider field as suggested by former NFL G.M. Bill Polian is far from a probability.

That said, the NFL’s desire to make the game safer means that a wide range of options could be explored.  While widening the field may or may not reduce high-impact hits, it would impose a practical weight limit on the game because a premium would be placed on players who can move laterally.

Still, if it happens, it won’t be happening any time soon.

Unless the owners decide to take matters into their own hands at the league meetings in March.

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20 Responses to “Widening field isn’t on Competition Committee’s agenda”
  1. ickky says: Feb 12, 2013 9:28 AM

    yeah right, the league is gonna high priced, lower lvl seats off the field

  2. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Feb 12, 2013 9:35 AM

    Nor should it be.

  3. sonoco says: Feb 12, 2013 9:43 AM

    I think they should remove Super Bowl exception that allows punt teams to blatantly hold or form tackle every member of punt coverage teams without so much as a single flag. That would be in the games best interest.

  4. flavordave says: Feb 12, 2013 9:54 AM

    Are TV ratings down and injuries up because the field isnt 35 feet wider? I mean why not just make teams play 12 on offense and 10 on defense if Goddell wants a full on offensive fantasy game. Just make his agenda blatant and get it over with.

    This guy is going to kill the game that we love. Make no mistake, this is all about scoring tons of points that drive fantasy scoring and TV ratings. Its more about creating inorganic excitement rather then two teams proving whos better on any given Sunday….. Or Monday….. Or Thursday…. Or Saturday……..

  5. andrewluckdontgiveawhat says: Feb 12, 2013 9:58 AM

    Another reason why Bill Polian just needs to shut his mouth and go away. The guy will eventually go to the HOF, but he is way past professional relevancy in relation to today’s game. There’s a reason no one wanted to hire him after the Colts gave him the boot.

  6. vikesfan320 says: Feb 12, 2013 10:02 AM

    I’ve thought this has made sense for a while now. When the football field dimensions were set, offensive lineman were around 180 to 200 pounds. Now that’s too small to be a running back. Bigger, faster, stronger players need more room to operate. There will be strong opposition to this, but as players grew over the years they essentially “shrunk” the field, and the field probably needs to grow to accommodate for this.

    There would be heavy opposition to this. For one, we don’t like change to our game. But I’d rather see a small change like this that you wouldn’t even really notice than see the game completely changed as we know it. If the field was 5 yards wider (2.5 yards on each side), I think that’d blend in to the game a lot more than most of the flag football rules being incorporated.

    The other opposition would be that it would make it even tougher for defenses who are already at a disadvantage. I say the trade off is to have an official in the booth review all defenseless receiver and roughing the passer calls. Fair trade off I think.

    The owners would be upset because they’d have to change the field which might lead to having to take out a few rows of seating and some construction costs. But I guess that would be a good barometer to measure how much the owners really care about safety, if they’re willing to pay a little extra in one-time costs to keep the players safe.

  7. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Feb 12, 2013 10:04 AM

    I think 40whiner fans should stop commenting for the remainder of the off season and get over the fact that they lost.

  8. blackbug99 says: Feb 12, 2013 10:07 AM

    If I wanted Canadian football, I’d watch Canadian football!!!

  9. ravenmuscle says: Feb 12, 2013 10:18 AM

    Instead of crying about holding in the endzone on a safety…why not FIRE the offensive coordinator who called for Kaepernick to THROW the ball FOUR time from the five yard line at the end of the game and let Kaepernick run the ball in for an easy touch just like he did for the entire previous 59 minutes of the game?

    The 49ers lost the game due to their own stupidity.

  10. albertmn says: Feb 12, 2013 10:48 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a little wider field. But, if you don’t like that, they could widen the hashmarks instead. That would create a “wide side” of the field, more like in college. It would also make field goals tougher (as in college), as they wouldn’t all be nearly straight on shots from the hash marks. Many wish field goals weren’t such gimmes anyway. It would actually make shorter FGs tougher due to the angles if the ball were nearer the sideline.

  11. tyler4richardson says: Feb 12, 2013 11:05 AM

    Oh god please don’t!!!! I’m Canadian and tons of CFL fans always refer to how the bigger field is better. It’s not. A bigger field is needed in order for guys who lack NFL talent to make big plays. NFL doesn’t need it.

  12. contract says: Feb 12, 2013 11:13 AM

    Giving guys more open space to pick up speed before impact will result in MORE extreme injuries, not less. That’s why kickoffs are considered dangerous.

  13. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Feb 12, 2013 11:31 AM

    How about a serious approach to eliminating steroids, HGH and all the other PEDs that create these behemoth cartoon characters starting in (sadly) grade school and Pop Warner. Of course it may not be that simple, the FDA may need to actually do something about all the steroids in the food supply as well.

  14. hor2012 says: Feb 12, 2013 11:56 AM

    Alright enough already 49ers fans. Your team lost. And, I’m getting pretty tired of hearing you cry about it. You’re reminding me of the Vikings fans who want to put the lost to the Saints in the NFC championship game on the fact there was a bounty in place. Never mind the fact that they turned the ball over six time that day. Do, yoursleves and everyone else a favor. Get over it. And, for all you idiots who are shouting about a east coast bias. The last time I checked the 49ers have five superbowl trophies. The cowboys have five as well, and neither of those teams play on the east coast. The superbowl is over and the last play was a play that wasn’t called countless times in the regualar season. You got beat that day because you didn’t play sixty minutes and you’re mad because you felt entitled to the superbowl because of your history. plain and simple. suck it up and move on. And, if you must continue to cry about the issue at lest to us the favor of doing it when the post is about something concerning the game. This is about widening the field, not the last play you had in the superbowl. And, by the way niners I’m a Saints fan and I can remember on more than one occasion where you got a break against us and won a game. And, to all you low class fans and I’m not talking about all 49er fans just the ones that felt the need to come on the Saints sight prior to the Superbowl and trash our city and dome. The only trash I saw that night was your team getting beat down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. sonoco says: Feb 12, 2013 12:00 PM

    The 49ers lost and that punt play made no difference in the game whatsoever. I admit that freely. But come people, I dare you to watch that play a couple of times without coming away casting a wary eye at the NFL. It was surreal to see not a single flag fly.

  16. Stiller43 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:16 PM

    Hate this idea

  17. sonoco says: Feb 12, 2013 12:33 PM

    BTW, no more posts on the Super Bowl officiating. No need beating a dead radioactive horse. Everybody knows it was whack, as the NFL is running way from it like the Soviets from Chernobyl.

  18. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Feb 12, 2013 12:48 PM

    hor2012 says:
    Feb 12, 2013 11:56 AM
    Alright enough already 49ers fans. Your team lost. And, I’m getting pretty tired of hearing you cry about it. You’re reminding me of the Vikings fans who want to put the lost to the Saints in the NFC championship game on the fact there was a bounty in place. Never mind the fact that they turned the ball over six time that day. Do, yoursleves and everyone else a favor. Get over it. And, for all you idiots who are shouting about a east coast bias. The last time I checked the 49ers have five superbowl trophies. The cowboys have five as well, and neither of those teams play on the east coast. The superbowl is over and the last play was a play that wasn’t called countless times in the regualar season. You got beat that day because you didn’t play sixty minutes and you’re mad because you felt entitled to the superbowl because of your history. plain and simple. suck it up and move on. And, if you must continue to cry about the issue at lest to us the favor of doing it when the post is about something concerning the game. This is about widening the field, not the last play you had in the superbowl. And, by the way niners I’m a Saints fan and I can remember on more than one occasion where you got a break against us and won a game. And, to all you low class fans and I’m not talking about all 49er fans just the ones that felt the need to come on the Saints sight prior to the Superbowl and trash our city and dome. The only trash I saw that night was your team getting beat down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    losing by 3 is a beatdown? Thats news to me

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 12, 2013 1:17 PM

    But then they’ll have to make it three down football, eh?

  20. stanmarshmorelikestandarsh says: Feb 12, 2013 2:09 PM

    Why would we want a field that makes us look like those hosers to the north?!?!

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