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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

Transience Killed The Rivalry

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Here's the problem with sustaining the intensity of rivalries in today's NFL: The players and coaches come and go so fast.

In the age of free agency, players jump from team to team every offseason. The salary cap forces clubs to make tough decisions and get rid of higher-priced veterans when younger players can perform the same tasks almost as well. Each NFL team remakes a third to a half of its roster every offseason, even the good teams. Opening day each season is a little bit like starting over.

It's a big-money, win-now league, and coaches now are dismissed almost as quickly as players. We've seen in recent years that it can take as few as two offseasons for about half the teams in the league to change head coaches. When a coach goes somewhere else, he often bring along close associates, including other coaches and players, to a new city.

So there's little sense of continuity and franchise history within most NFL locker rooms. The fans still feel the ferocity of the traditional rivalries, but the coaches and players often don't.

By Mark Maske  |  September 26, 2008; 9:53 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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