ATLANTA FALCONS PRESIDENT & CEO,
NFL COMPETITION COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RICH MC KAY
NFL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS TROY VINCENT
ST. LOUIS RAMS HEAD COACH & COMPETITION COMMITTEE MEMBER JEFF FISHER
NFL ANNUAL MEETING CONFERENCE CALL
March 19, 2014
Troy Vincent: I will begin by saying I am exciting about returning to the field of play. It’s been a long six years and I know I have an opportunity to continue to be a contributor as we advance our game. I’m looking forward to, with David Gardi, advancing our game as we look at the current game and the future. I’m looking forward to working with the Competition Committee as we advance our game. Again, I am excited and extremely grateful to still be a contributor to our wonderful game.
Rich McKay: I’ll start in the usual place, which is telling you a little bit of how we got to the agenda that sets up the Competition Committee report, which will be passed out to the membership Monday after the general session overview in the morning. The agenda is really formed by you, the media, and what gets talked about, written about and bubbles up to the surface during the season itself, followed by the surveys. This year I think the actual number of surveys we ended up with was probably around 80 surveys that got returned to us. Those are given to coaches; given to general managers; given to presidents; given to owners. We get a lot of them. We also then meet with Coach (John) Madden’s subcommittee. We go through their issues and the issues they want us to vet and then also talk to them about the issues we’re looking at and then we meet with the players association. That’s kind of the process. That takes us to Indianapolis, where we meet for five days and then later to Naples, where we begin to write the report.
Before talking about 2014, we’ll talk about 2013 just for a second. I think 2013, the basic measures of the game, were really good. It was a very good year for the game on the field. From a competitive balance standpoint, we had five teams qualify for the playoffs in 2013 that did not qualify in 2012. That is the 24th-consecutive year we’ve had at least four new teams qualify, which is a good statistic for competitive balance. This year we have 18 games in which teams overcame a 14-point deficit, which is tying the all-time NFL record which was set in 2011. I think the stat that usually stands out the most to us on competitive balance is we had 48 percent of our games, the fourth-most in NFL history, decided by seven or fewer points. From a competitive balance standpoint, we feel very good about where the game was in 2013 and where it’s been for a good long time now.
To look at a couple of stats, we had 46.82 points-per-game, that’s the all-time NFL record. We had 697 yards-per-game, that’s the all-time NFL record. Despite those two offensive statistics, the top five teams in total defense – Seattle, Carolina, Cincinnati, New Orleans and San Francisco – all qualified for the playoffs and all won at least 11 games, again, establishing that defense does matter.
On Monday, we’ll distribute the Competition Committee report. There are 13 playing rules that will be presented to the membership and there are seven bylaws that will be presented to the membership and one resolution that will all be presented through the Competition Committee – not all written by or proposed by the Competition Committee – but those are the ones that will be discussed in our report.
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