Rich McKay gives thumbs up to competitive balance

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on March 20, 2014 – 9:26 am


GREEN BAY–In a conference call with media on Wednesday, NFL Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay expressed approval at the direction of the game and the parity that existed in 2013.

“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. 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,” McKay said.

He added: “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.”

The NFL will conduct its “Annual Meeting” next week in Orlando, Fla. Thirteen proposed rules changes will be subject to a vote by owners.

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