Some Background On The Coming Schedule Release

As we wait with baited bated breath (or, as the case may be, peanut butter and coffee breath) for the official 2009 schedule to officially be released, officially, we’ve had a chance to digest some key background information about the schedule-making process that the league has disseminated.
Here are the highlights of information that the league office communicated earlier today to the 32 clubs, and to some members of the media (and the occasional Internet slapdick like, you know, me).
The league approached the process with a goal of creating a “competitively fair and equitable schedule” for each team, emphasizing the spacing of home and away games, and club travel.
A computer program was used, generating more than 1.3 million partial or full schedules for consideration.  The league office then reviewed more than 3,500 “playable” schedules, eventually narrowing the field to 60 schedules.  From the final 60, a final schedule was recommended.
In the final schedule, only two clubs have a three-game road trip.
Also, no team with a bye during Week Four or Week Five in 2008 will have a bye during Week Four or Week Five of the 2009 season.
The league now monitors the number of games that West Coast teams play at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, when traveling to other time zones.
The league also now tracks — and attempts to minimize — the number of road games following Monday night games played away from home.
For the third straight year, any team playing a Thursday game has a home game on the preceding Sunday.
Finally, no team will play more than two road games against a team coming off a bye week.
Roughly ninety minutes from now, we’ll have a chance to scrutinize the extent to which these principles have been applied to the 2009 official schedule.

9 responses to “Some Background On The Coming Schedule Release

  1. It should be interesting to see if league officials will be counting games against Detroit as an additional bye week in their scheduling algorithm.

  2. “Pleased to learn League now MONITOR the games that West Coast teams play at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.
    Huge advantage for home team in these contests. Was it only the lopsided results of 2008 season that was the tip off? The old-timers will tell you that time difference doesn’t matter; its the quality of behind the effort of the two teams. Nonsense, the 3 hour time difference and Sunday starting time matters. ”
    Sorry, but the three-hour difference strikes me as part of what makes up home-field advantage. If I’m the East Coast teams, why should I have to start my home games at 4 p.m. just to suit the body clock of the West Coast teams. The West Coast teams don’t start at 10 a.m. just because it would be a 1 p.m. body clock/game routine for the East Coast teams.

  3. Pleased to learn League now MONITOR the games that West Coast teams play at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.
    Huge advantage for home team in these contests. Was it only the lopsided results of 2008 season that was the tip off? The old-timers will tell you that time difference doesn’t matter; its the quality of behind the effort of the two teams. Nonsense, the 3 hour time difference and Sunday starting time matters.

  4. So since the Giants have 3 in a row on the scheduled you released earlier only ONE other team plays 3 in a row on the road….hello!

  5. It sounds like preemptive spin before the schedule comes out, and people start bitching about how unfair it is that their favorite team got shafted in the scheduling process.
    I still would like to know who thought it was a good idea to have two shit Thanksgiving day games, when they could have had a more competitive Charger/Cowboys game instead of a Cowboys/Raiders game.

  6. Baited breath? Are you losing your touch as an ambulance chaser that night crawlers and shad are now staples of your diet?

  7. A computer program with 1.3 million schedules! I remember up until a few years ago a single guy had an office and would put the schedule together by hand. Now that he is gone I guess it is high-tech.

  8. Ok…Todd McShay just said that Sanchez is more accurate consistently than Stafford, then three sentences later said Stafford is more consistently accurate….Wow what a bunch of blowhards.

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