Originally Posted by milkman
If I were in charge, what I'd really do is go back to 2 divisions per conference, expand to 18 games (14 in division games, 4 out of division games), have two bye weeks, all taken between weeks 9 to 11 (which means 1 week in the middle of the season with no football), with each team getting two consecutive weeks off.
4 division winners and 4 wild cards.
Way back when the NFL realigned, I wanted them to do it geographically. Including swapping conferences. For instance I think the three Cali teams should be in the same division with the Seahawks thrown in. Houston, Dallas, Denver and Arizona would the other Western division. You get four divisions, four teams each division. Six games in your division, four games against your division in the opposite conference (AFCW vs. NFCW, etc), six games against the team that finished in your spot in the six remaining divisions (2nd place in the AFCW plays all other 2nd place teams other than AFCW/NFCW for instance). Then you put a universal bye week in the middle of the season between games eight and nine. Playoff teams could still be four division winners and four wild cards.