Report: NFL Considering Creating a Developmental League

The National Football League is considering creating a NFL Developmental League for players who’s skill set is not yet ready for the pro level game, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Other platforms for players to improve their game have started to fizzle out, also according to Florio, leading to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to tell reporters how the NFL will handle player development going forward:

“We’ve talked about it,” Goodell said. “Some of you may have heard we spent a fair amount of time at the [quarterly] meeting on what we call the 2020 plan, which is talking about how we plan for the future and the things we want to accomplish. One of them is obviously the game, and how do we improve the game? A developmental league could be something that we want to do to try to help develop players.

“We pick up on the rosters from the start of the season to the end of the season, probably three to four hundred players on average. Having those players ready to play as quickly as possible and developed so that their skill set’s furthered are all positive things about the long-term future of the game. I particularly have an interest in that and would like to make sure we’re evaluating that as something that can help improve the game and improve our players.”

Adding a developmental league would be a huge step forward for the NFL in improving the quality of the game. MLB, NBA, and the NHL all have separate leagues created for player development, which means the NFL is currently behind in this facet.

The position that would need the most developing would be the quarterbacks, as we see every week that poor quarterback play derails a team. All of the other positions of course need developing, and the league would also be beneficial in improving officiating, scouting, and coaching.

There’s a lot of factors that would go into the NFL deciding to create a league with even more football in it, so it should be interesting to see how this plays out.

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