Could there be an NFL field change on the horizon? With all the concern lately about concussions and various injuries with so many NFL players, it's being rumored that a field change may be ahead.
According to the inquisitr, the league may be considering expanding the width of the field from 160 feet to 195 feet from sideline-to-sideline. The extra 35 feet would make the width the same measurements that the Canadian Football League uses and league officials believe that it could make football a safer game.
Former competition committee member Bill Polian chimed in by saying, “I’m not so sure we shouldn’t think about widening the field. It’s a radical idea, but I think it’s worth thinking about. You would have more space and perhaps a safer game. I say that based on my CFL experience. There are less collisions of that type in the Canadian game.”
Houston Texans GM Rick Smith doesn't buy Polian's theory and actually thinks the opposite could occur. “If you widen the field, you have more high speed collisions," Smith said.
The truth is we will never really know if widening the field will help prevent injuries unless it's done, but don't count on the field expansion anytime soon, at least not this season.
Do you think expanding the field would prevent injuries in the NFL, or do you agree with the Texans GM in that it could give players more time to size up a hit and make things worse?