Every year as we know each team gets a bye week. Some of these byes come early, and some late. For some teams it can be helpful, and for some, not so much. In a world where "Mechem" rules, the Bye week would be completely re-changed. And how? Observe:
The Bye week is a good thing. A chance for teams to rest, and for some, to make changes. Practice for an upcoming game and so forth.
However, the Bye week, as it is currently established, has faults. Firstly:
Its subject to random assignment. Meaning, some teams will get an early bye, others a late one.
It promotes unfair matchups. For some teams, the bye is a momentum killer. For others, its a blessing and a vacation week to restore strength. The problem is, some teams play a team after that teams bye, and are disadvantaged from a rest position. And sometimes, the schedule makers stick a team with 3-4 of those scenarios. Whereas, you only can possibly have one yourself.
What should be a blessing to all teams becomes a potential weapon against some.
So how to fix it? Simple answer. Level the playing field.
I would propose a universal bye week for each conference. Of course, the last thing we want is a week without football. So week 8 would be the AFC bye. Week 9, the NFC.
So look at the impact. The Bye week is now centralized. All teams heal equally. No more week 4 bye's for a team with no injuries.
No more teams playing others after uneven rest periods.
No more stupid teams being a half game back for 5 weeks in the season.
The only possible drawback would be the Fantasy Football impact. Half the players out at once. Oh well, make due with what you got. I would propose a bye week bench system, so you could retain your AFC players on the NFC week, and vice versa.
Whats the consensus BTSC? Elect me Fuhrer of the NFL!