We've seen a number of rule changes recently, all designed to make the NFL safer, but the biggest one may still be coming.

The NFL is apparently considering a plan that would widening the playing field to Canadian Football League standards, a 35 foot increase from sideline-to-sideline, from the current 160 feet to 195 feet.

According to the National Football Post, the competition committee discussed the idea a year ago. In theory, a wider field would be safer for a league that has much bigger and faster players than it did decades ago:

“I’m not so sure we shouldn’t think about widening the field,” former competition committee member Bill Polian told the National Football Post. “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.”

If adopted, this would be the most radical change in NFL history and have a tremendous impact on how the game is played.  We see it here in South Dakota when our high school nine-man teams play on a regulation sized field, more room to run is a big advantage to offenses.

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