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"Enhanced Season" Further Diminishes Records

Posted on: June 25, 2010 10:01 am

What hasn’t received a lot of press in the intensifying debate over the NFL’s “enhanced season” (i.e. 18-game schedule) is what it means for records. Single-season records will basically cease to exist. Jim Brown, arguably the greatest running back of all time, said to, "Ultimately, I don't think the NFL cares about records in a pure way, because you look at when they went from 12 to 14 games in a season, that was major, but they never addressed that properly with an official position as to what it meant [for records].”

The NFL should consider adopting a mathematical formula that calculates single-season records in a fashion that takes games played into consideration. In other words, for example, instead of focusing on something like “total rushing yards in a season”, the focus needs to shift to “average rushing yards per game over the course of a season.” Something needs to be done to keep players like Brown in the historical conversations.

And it’s not just about records. Brown gives another example:

"I'll put it to you this way: Once they went from 12 to 14 games (after Brown's fourth NFL season), I never thought of rushing for 1,000 yards in a season as being anything special, but they kept talking about 1,000-yard rushers, 1,000-yards rushers," Brown said. "I could never understand that kind of talk, because that was based on somebody doing that in a 12-game season, so logically that didn't make sense."

--Andy Benoit

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