Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'KvKcvRHPTm9QJng0KQgewA',sig:'ic-3rW2tOsgLxKkZk2DGW7SkHeavB_sfR8fqFCUwyNs=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'1139554422',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); I like the way this guy thinks. All teams play four interconference games. Viverito said Wednesday during the conference's media day. sacked). Table 4: Optimal realignment for the NFL's choice of NFC, with Dallas and Washington in the same division. They were only off by a single team in each division but the mistake has been detrimental. Previously, all teams had individual contracts with athletic suppliers. Increase over the NFC distance in Table 3: 4208km. Yes, I realize it would never happen but I think it would create tighter divisional rivalries based on regional geographies and fix some of the blatantly ridiculous structure that currently exists. AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Kendrell Bell. The AFC East is back on top when you remove the best team from each division, which leads me to believe that the rest of the AFC East hasn't been "easy" by any stretch. In the AFC, … Out: Maryland, Rutgers I know preserving rivalries was important when the league realigned into eight divisions in 2002, but I would have done it quite differently. The 2-14 49ers lost all 10 non-divisional games and were outscored by 130 points in those contests. "I can't imagine any our teams seeing greener pastures elsewhere in regards to conference opportunity." In creating the new divisions, the league tried to maintain the historical rivalries from the old alignment, while at the same time attempting to organize the teams geographically. The Colts will join the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers in a division that will be separated by the least amount of miles. B1G: Google Map. Tampa Bay clinched the NFC 2 seed instead of Green Bay on a head-to-head victory. The final shakeup to the divisions is the aforementioned addition of the Panthers in place of the Cowboys. Here's a proposed geographic realignment of NFL divisions. Super Bowl Champion: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There were only 14 teams in the league during the inaugural season with the Akron Pros being awarded the championship. As a whole, this division will save 357 driving miles and will provide plenty of entertainment. [4][note 1] Under the new scheduling formula, only two of a team's games each season are based on the previous season's record, down from four under the previous system. Quiz by mellocrush19 ... Sports Quiz / NFL divisions before 2002 Random Sports or NFL Quiz Can you name the NFL divisions prior to the 2002 realignment? The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the season: Reebok took over the contract to be the official athletic supplier to the NFL for all 32 teams’ uniforms. Look at the records of division winn… The four division winners are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, and the wild card teams are seeded 5 and 6. With the first pick, the Houston Texans selected quarterback David Carr from Fresno State University. After commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday that the NHL is considering a temporary realignment for the upcoming season, theScore decided to create three realignment … The act of batting and stripping the ball from a player is officially legal. In the second round, the divisional playoffs, the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round (seed 4, 5, or 6), while the number 2 seed will play the other team (seed 3, 4, or 5). So why blow up the Big 12? The new AFC East will be comprised of the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Baltimore Ravens. The 2004 NFC West teams went 13-27 with a negative-306 point differential in out-of-division games. The new NFC South will consist of the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, and Cowboys. 2001 NFL Standings & Team Stats. The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. A player who touches a pylon remains in-bounds until any part of his body touches the ground out-of-bounds. Learn how your comment data is processed. Contiguous conferences. The UIL on Monday morning released the district alignments for the 2020-2022 school years, determining matchups for the next two seasons. The National Hockey League is looking to make a few tweaks to the divisions proposed in the realignment plan and shared with the governors on Wednesday, TSN … Reebok had initially announced when the deal was signed in 2000 that aside from the expansion Texans, all NFL teams would be wearing new uniforms for the 2002 season. It’s not, though. The history of franchises that began as independent teams, or as members of the Ohio League, New York Pro Football League, and other defunct leagues are shown as well. Huh. Every team gets a rival. In 2009, the Supreme Court agreed to hear American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League. The NFL was wrong with the placement of teams in the other 5 divisions. The college football folks get to deal with conference realignments all the damn time. In addition, they will now have some pretty heated rivalries with their neighbors in New Orleans. Continuing-action fouls now become dead-ball fouls and will result in the loss of down and distance. It’s what the NFL should do to improve the league. "It would be like the SEC being raided at the FBS level, I truly … An analysis of win percentages in 2008 showed a statistical trend upwards for top teams since this change; the top team each year then averaged 14.2 wins, versus 13.4 previously. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. St. Louis finished ahead of Seattle in the NFC West based on better division record (4–2 to 2–4). San Diego finished ahead of Kansas City in the AFC West based on better division record (3–3 to 2–4). The changes are subtle. There’s quite a few things I could think of to change about the NFL, and one of those items is divisional alignment. Cleveland clinched the AFC 6 seed instead of Denver or New England based on better conference record (7–5 to Denver's 5–7 and New England's 6–6). Sure, the Dolphins, Jets, and Bills have all had a good year here and there but that is all it has been; a single good year. My goal is to create 4 power conf… Test your knowledge on this sports quiz and compare your score to others. The Central divisions were rebranded as North divisions, with the southernmost members of the Central (Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Tennessee) all moving to the South pods. Of the three AFC divisional changes, the South division is the only one that adds mileage to their divisional travel. Previous Season Next Season. AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Anthony Thomas. The Bengals and their fans will benefit the most from this change. There have been new teams, new rules, new mascots, new logos, new leagues, new divisions, new championships, new this, new that, and it all comes together to what the NFL is right now. With the Houston Texans joining the NFL, the league's teams were realigned into eight divisions: four teams in each division and four divisions in each conference. Before 2002, there were three divisions in the AFC and three divisions in the NFC. In creating the new divisions, the league tried to maintain the historical rivalries from the old alignment, while at the same time attempting to organize the teams geographically. Although Reebok rescinded the idea of all NFL teams wearing new uniforms for the 2002 season, the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks did redesign their uniforms, with the Seahawks also unveiling an updated logo in honor of their move to Seahawks Stadium and the NFC. The case eventually went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. Legally, three teams from the AFC Central (Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh) were required to be in the same division as part of any reali… The NFL has done a great job of identifying and executing change over the years. With an even amount of teams, the NFL wisely elected to split both the AFC and NFC conferences into four equal divisions which were appropriately labeled North, East, South, and West. NFC South: (DPP Score: 354) Regular-season record points: 180 (453-431 record) Playoff … The Steelers will lose their Baltimore rivals but the competitive addition of the Colts should make up for it. FARGO - Patty Viverito doesn't seem too worried about any conferences approaching one of her Missouri Valley Football schools. This article is about the American football season in the United States. This is perhaps most noticeable on the Indianapolis Colts jerseys, where the shoulder stripes, which initially went from the top of the shoulders all the way underneath the arms, were truncated to just the top portion of the shoulders. The National Football League is the largest and most successful sports league on the continent. The longest drive for any divisional game is a six-hour trip between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis across Interstate 70. It’s simple. San Fransisco. NFL Notebook: NFL realignment for 2002 season already a done deal . Ten years ago this month, the last great spasm of realignment began shaking the college sports world. Seattle. The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football as the conferences were realigned to 4 divisions for the 2002 NFL season. Previously, the clock started immediately when the ball was kicked. After a kickoff, the game clock will start when the ball is touched legally in the field of play. The 2014 NFC South may be the worst division since realignment, as all four teams went 10-29-1 (.263 win percentage) outside their division, the second-worst in NFL history. This has nothing to do with the quality of play in the Big 12. The extra miles needed for these mistakes is enough to drive around the Earth twice! With the National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association currently discussing logistics of the upcoming 2020-21 season, the potential look of divisional realignment … The league also introduced a new eight-year scheduling rotation designed so that all teams will play each other at least twice during those eight years, and play in every other team's stadium at least once. That was the deal. Over the course of 100 years, the one constant has always been change. In each conference, the division winners are now seeded 1 through 4, and the wild cards are seeded 5 and 6. Your email address will not be published. With geography as the base, the NFC North, AFC West, and NFC West have been exactly what the NFL wanted. It nearly became problematic during the previous season due to the September 11 attacks, since the San Diego Chargers had their bye week during that week and the league nearly outright canceled that week's slate of games. AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Julius Peppers. With two divisions already properly set up, there isn’t a lot to shake up on the … This differs from the NFL's choice in the alignment of Minnesota and St. Louis, and … Although the Super Bowl, the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference. Originally, it was for one reason, and one reason only: to facilitate a championship game at the end of the year between the two division leaders. AP Defensive Player of the Year: Derrick Brooks. The wrong placement of the Cowboys and Dolphins forced the misplacement of the Colts, Ravens, and Panthers as well. Previously, the 15 yard penalty was enforced but the down was replayed. * The division alignment in the NFL is fine, for the most part. No start date for the new season has been confirmed yet, but on Monday Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman announced that the league’s new goal is a 56-game season that will begin on … For those nostalgic about the NFL.s six-division days of yore, below is a in the past before realignment, would have been hosting a game. The clubs were then realigned into eight divisions, four teams in each. Even with the extra miles needed for this division, fans and teams should be satisfied. Here is what the new divisions would look like. From 1999 to 2001, at least one team sat out each week (including the preseason) because of an odd number of teams in the league (this also happened in 1960, 1966, and other years wherein the league had an odd number of teams). Friday, October 08, 1999. NFC South. Additionally, the arrival of the Texans meant that the league could return to its pre-1999 scheduling format in which no team received a bye during the first three weeks or last seven weeks of the season. The Decatur Staleys and the Chicago Cardinals are the only two teams from the original 14 that are still around today but are now known as the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals. NFL Team News, Analysis, History, Schedule, Rumors. Inside the final two minutes of a half/overtime, the game clock will not stop when the player who originally takes the snap is tackled behind the line of scrimmage (i.e. American Needle, which had a contract with a few teams before the Reebok deal, challenged the NFL in court over Reebok's exclusive deal, with the NFL effectively stating that it was a “single-entity league” instead of a group consisting of various owners. This has everything to do with the fact that with only 10 teams, blowing up the conference makes more sense than anywhere else. Required fields are marked *. Well, the teams were absolutely dreadful when they weren’t playing against each other. They missed an opportunity for a change 17 years ago and the time to fix it is now. The NFL divisions are named by conference and cardinal directions, but it's never really made sense to have a northern team like the Indianapolis Colts in … Super Bowl Champion: New England Patriots. A closer proximity for divisional rivalries, traveling fans, prideful fans, and all teams having success are just a few examples of what makes those three divisions so successful. [8] Reebok remained the league's athletic supplier through the 2011 NFL season, when Nike took over the contract for the 2012 NFL season.[9]. Seahawks, 9-7 (winner) Rams, 8-8 Cardinals, 6-10 49ers, 2-14 This division sent two teams to the playoffs: the Seahawks and Rams. [5][citation needed]. After a realignment and expansion of the Western Athletic Conference was announced Thursday, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley revealed conversations regarding a football program in the university will be revisited. This would be good for the green movement. The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round. So why is it here? Put away all those realignment … By Ed Bouchette, Post-Gazette Sports Writer . NFC West: Arizona. This is exactly what I have been thinking and frustrated about for years. Hitting a quarterback helmet-to-helmet anytime after a change of possession is illegal. This article is a timeline of the National Football League (NFL). For the cost of 260 driving miles, the AFC South will now have an in-state rivalry between the Dolphins and Jaguars. However, the number of playoff teams still remained at 12, where it was from 1990 to 2019. Within each conference, the four division winners and the two wild card teams (the top two non-division winners with the best overall regular season records) qualified for the playoffs. Each season may seem like something minor but over the course of a decade, you can look back and see just how different the … The proposed realignment of the divisions will still have to be approved by the stakeholders. With two divisions already properly set up, there isn’t a lot to shake up on the NFC side. Chop-blocks are illegal on kicking plays. In addition, the competitive balance created will make the division a lot more interesting. The NFL title was eventually won by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they defeated the Oakland Raiders 48–21 in Super Bowl XXXVII, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California on January 26, 2003. As mentioned before, the NFL has never had a problem with making changes but this is one that needs to happen as soon as next year. Another plus to this move is all four teams have outdoor stadiums. In the current system, the only way a wild card team can host a playoff game is if both teams in the conference's championship game are wild cards. After looking at what the league might look like with a geographic realignment, here are a few deductions. The 2002 NFL Draft was held from April 20 to 21, 2002 at New York City's Theater at Madison Square Garden. For the Gaelic football season in Ireland, see, 83rd season in the history of the National Football League, Learn how and when to remove this template message, American Needle, Inc. v. 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