Add John Madden to the list of people who aren’t crazy about Thursday Night Football.
The Hall of Fame coach went on the record this week saying that the quality of play has been diminished as a result of the NFL saturating the market with games on three days a week, leading to a lackluster product on the field.
“Just look at the list of teams playing. It takes two. It’s not just one good team. You have to have two to have a great game, and there’s not a lot of great games,” Madden told the San Jose Mercury News. “And we’re spreading it out more and more with fewer good teams, which makes it doggone impossible to have good games. If the games aren’t good, that’s part of it. Now there are other things: the Millennials, iPhone, and the stuff people do as they live differently.”
To Madden’s “it takes two” point, the quality of matchups on the NFL’s Thursday schedule hasn’t been great — and the early ratings reflect that. The two upcoming games, however, feature marquee matchups between the Cowboys and Vikings on Dec. 1 followed by the Raiders and Chiefs on Dec. 8.
“Something has to be done about Thursday night football. It just doesn’t work,” Madden continued. “It’s not only a fan thing, it’s a team thing. It’s a safety thing. It’s a competitive thing. It doesn’t work. I know about money, and I know about business. Maybe you have to tweak stuff a little more. To help teams, maybe you get a bye the week before.”
Madden also said that when he was coaching the Raiders, his players weren’t ready to play again “until Thursday or Friday” following a traditional Sunday game.
Washington, which played Dallas in the middle game on Thanksgiving, took the field three-and-a-half days after playing Green Bay in the Sunday night game.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News