Mac Attack 2/29/12: NBC Sports and Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio calls in to talk about the NFL moving opening night to Wednesday, who’s calling the Rams with trade offers for the number two pick, his thoughts on Poesanity and the NFL Combine, and why there should be an NFL Draft lottery.
The NFL just announced the start of the 2012 season will be a Wednesday night game, a change from the normal start to the season. Florio is excited about the change up, saying he thinks it will bring more hype to the upcoming season. He did think that it is highlt unlikely the Wednesday night games would become a regular addition because it would be too little time between games without proper scheduling.
“At the end of the 2010 season…they moved the Eagles/Vikings game from a Sunday night to a Tuesday night [because of a blizzard], so we are gradually getting towards all nights of the week for football…you can play the opening game of the season on a Wednesday night, but that’s it…unless you have two teams coming off of a bye. You can’t have that short of a week. You can’t have someone play on a Sunday and then turn around and play again on a Wednesday….you could get away with it [if you schedule it properly]…I like the idea of just thinking outside the box and coming up with other ways to make football more available and more compelling.”
Obviously, the more important thing than WHEN the NFL season will start is WHO will be starting. With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, Florio weighed in on certain players people have recently begun obsessing over.
“Think back to the guys that we have become infatuated with in the past…you have to see whether or not the player is dominant…consistently dominant at the college level…what matters is what are you doing…what does the tape show? …if you aren’t dominant at the college level, you won’t make it in the pros…a guy you expect to make it as a pro, he jumps off of film at the college level.”
Florio feels that another necessary adjustment for the NFL is switching the draft to a lottery system. He thinks teams that start out poorly but strive to finish the season strongly rather than blowing it for a higher draft pick should have the potential to be rewarded, rather than punished. A random lottery, he believes, will make it a much more even playing field at the close of the season.
“[This draft], it’s all about the Luck pick and Griffin pick…no one wants to trade for the number three spot…until they put in a draft lottery, it is fair game for the owner of a team who is willing to think beyond the last two weeks of the season…I’m not saying they should throw the games on purpose…I want to see what the backup[s] can do… they need to put in a draft lottery. [You shouldn’t be punished for trying to win your last few games of the season].”