(April 21, 2010) --- Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy had some words of advice for the people who came up with the just released 2010 NFL schedule... “Do it over!”
“I would hope they would call me up tonight to let me know they hit the reset button,” McCarthy told reporters.
The Green Bay Packers 2010 schedule. Where are the Rams?
But the Packers’ coach said early reports of how NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will respond left little hope for a do-over. "It appears the commissioner is going to double down tonight, put lipstick on this pig, and call it something else."
Because the Saints won the last Super Bowl, the AFC has a slight majority rule over the NFC in the league which means that any suggestions or objections the NFC may have over scheduling games would easily be overruled or ignored by the AFC.
Goodell said he was hoping the NFL could find the long-sought bipartisan agreement on a 2010 schedule that focuses on travel, time-off and pre-existing weather conditions.
McCarthy, along with running back coach Edgar Bennett, said that the league should scrap the schedule they just released and begin anew... not with just 32 big, comprehensive schedules, but rather through a series of simpler schedules that would address, what they call, “obvious concerns.”
McCarthy explained, “For instance, why waist all that time travelling to a half-empty Detroit stadium when you know we’re going to win that game anyway? Instead just give us an extra bye-week or two. Think of all the money the Packers and the league will save on gas and lodging!”
Coach McCarthy's proposed 2010 Green Bay Packers NFL schedule. "We have to play in that piece-of-crap HHH MetroDome in Minnesota each year. I checked." (Click on schedule to enlarge... slightly.)
A group calling themselves the NFC-Baggers stood outside the NFL commissioner’s office while chanting such slogans as “Kill the schedule! Kill the schedule!” Despite certain approval, the just-released 2010 schedule left some football fans feeling Goodell has way too much control. “I just feel the NFL is intruding in our lives,” one NFC-Bagger said. “For instance, what makes them think I want to see my Packers play the Cowboys for the third straight year?”
But despite objections by the NFC, the AFC is determined to ram all 32 schedules through for final approval with a signature by Goodell as early as tomorrow morning.
Goodell told the PackerPage he thinks this issue will eventually all blow over. “Once they see how much I raised ticket prices this season or how much they have to pay to watch their team play on TV they’ll have other things more important to bitch about.”
In related news, the Jacksonville Jaguars are still having problems selling game tickets. Although most of their games will most likely be blacked-out on television this season, this is the first time the NFL took the steps to black-out a team’s actual physical schedule.
Attendance is so bad in Jacksonville you can't even look at the Jag's schedule. And those who actually buy tickets this season must wear a blindfold.