N.F.L. Realignment

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 12, 2012

Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter

OAKLAND, CA. (BASN)-Last weekend the preseason got into full swing with professional football games all over the country.



The NFL will begin the 2012 season September 5 with The World Champion New York Football Giants playing the Dallas Cowboys. There are many hopefuls for the Super Bowl in New Orleans in February 2013.



There is an issue the NFL should address before we enter another decade and that would be changing four teams the Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams in the NFC and Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins in the AFC to different divisions.



A move to their geographic region. The question should be asked why the Miami Dolphins are in the Northeast Division and the Indianapolis Colts in the Southern Division?



Don’t hold your breath because two of these teams hold veto power on any realignment proposals which they have threaten to use during the 2002 realignment negotiations.


* denotes change in division

National Football Conference


Philadelphia Eagles

*St. Louis Rams

New York Giants

The Washington Football Club

This would be the logical thing to do with the St. Louis Rams being closer to the east coast than the Dallas Cowboys. With the future 17 game schedule the Cowboys can still play their old eastern rivals Eagles, Giants, and The Washington Football Club.


The St. Louis Rams would replace the old St. Louis Cardinals of the 1960’s and 1970’s.



Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

This division should not be touched. The Arctic Circle Division, The famous Black and Blue Division, and The a.k.a. Norris Division. This is what professional football is all about three yards and a cloud of dust or shall we say a cloud of snow.



Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This is football version of the NASCAR Division, The Sunshine Division, or The Vacation Division, for northern teams at the end of November or the middle of December another geographically correct division.



Arizona Cardinals

*Dallas Cowboys

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

The San Francisco 49ers would be the last original member of the NFL Western Division. The Cowboys would cut down on travel expenses for the Western Division. Dallas would be leaving the Eastern Division kicking and screaming, but this only makes sense. The reason it has not happened thus far is because the Dallas Cowboy organization has veto power over all realignment proposals in the NFC.


The American Football Conference


Buffalo Bills

*Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots

New York Jets

The Indianapolis Colts make more sense than the Miami Dolphins in this division. The Colts are closer to their competition geographically. Once again the reason why the Dolphins are in the east is because they have veto power in the AFC. With the future 17 game schedule they also can play their northeast rivals.



Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

This is the AFC version of the Black and Blue Division but it lacks the fire of the NFC North with two great teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. This division remains the same.



Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

*Miami Dolphins

Tennessee Titians

The Miami Dolphins should be playing teams in their geographical region. This would cut down on travel expenses to the northeast in the middle of winter and create great battles in Florida with Jacksonville.



Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

Oakland Raiders

San Diego Chargers

This division brings back the old times of the American Football League. It’s the same as 50 years ago.



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