2008 NFL 시즌 - 2008 NFL season
|지속||9 월 4 일  – 2008 년 12 월 28 일|
|시작일||2009 년 1 월 3 일|
|AFC 챔피언||피츠버그 스틸러스|
|NFC 챔피언||애리조나 카디널스|
|슈퍼 볼 XLIII|
|데이트||2009 년 2 월 1 일 |
|대지||레이몬드 제임스 스타디움 , 탬파, 플로리다|
|데이트||2009 년 2 월 8 일|
반대로 디트로이트 라이온스 는 스트라이크가 단축 된 1982 년 NFL 시즌 이래 무승부 시즌을 기록한 첫 NFL 팀이되어 시즌을 0-16으로 마무리 했습니다 . NFL이 1978 년 16 시즌으로 확장 된 이후 처음으로 라이온스, 캔자스 시티 치프스, 세인트루이스 램스의 3 개 팀이 2 경기 이하의 경기에서 승리했습니다. 이전에는 1979 년 , 1981 년 , 1983 년 , 1985 년 , 1992 년 , 2001 년에 두 팀이 두 번 이하의 경기에서 승리했습니다 . 또한 1985 년 Denver Broncos 이후 처음으로 11-5 기록으로 마무리 한 팀 이 플레이 오프에 결장했습니다.
- 한 수비 선수는 쿼터백이 착용하는 것과 유사한 라디오를 착용하여 현장의 코칭 스태프와 소통 할 수 있습니다.
- 사이드 라인 근처에서 잡은 캐치에 대한 "강제 아웃"규칙이 제거되었습니다. 이제 리시버는 패스를 완료하기 위해 공과 양발을 경계로 내려야합니다. 이전에는 공중에서 수비수가 리시버를 밀고 공무원이 그가 밀리지 않았다면 바운드로 내려 왔을 것이라고 판단하면 패스는 완료된 것으로 간주됩니다. 그러나 리시버가 수비수에 의해 공중에 싸여 양발이지면에 닿기 전에 경계선을 벗어난 경우 심판은 여전히 플레이를 완료로 결정할 수 있습니다. 
- 5 야드의 우발적 인 안면 마스크 페널티 움켜 잡기는 제거되었습니다. 우발적 인 접촉은 페널티를받지 않지만, 의도적으로 안면 마스크를 잡는 것은 15 야드 퍼스널 파울로 남습니다.
- 오프닝 동전 던지기에서 승리 한 팀은 이제 대학 및 캐나다 축구 에서와 마찬가지로 후반이 시작될 때까지 결정을 연기 할 수 있습니다.
- 골 포스트에서 튀어 나온 필드 골 시도는 이제 즉시 재생에서 검토 할 수 있습니다. 이 변경은 이전 시즌 Browns-Ravens 경기에서 Phil Dawson 의 게임 타이 필드 골이 수직을 치고 크로스바 뒤의 곡선 지지대를 치고 나서 다시 크로스바를 넘어서 골 포스트.
- 쿼터백이 쿼터백에 닿기 전에 볼이지면에 닿았을 때지면에 닿아 스냅을 시도한 합법적 인 포워드 핸드 오프는 이제 더듬 거리는 것으로 간주됩니다. 이전에는 포워드 핸드 오프는 불완전한 패스로 취급되었으며, 쿼터백이 닿기 전에지면에 부딪힌 스냅은 5 야드의 불법 절차 페널티였습니다.
에서 프리 시즌 게임 , 연간 명예 게임의 프로 축구 회관이 방영 인디애나 폴리스 콜츠와 워싱턴 레드 스킨스 사이 년 8 월 (3)를 연주했다 NBC .  워싱턴은 경기에서 30-16으로 승리했습니다.  다른 프리 시즌 하이라이트 로는 8 월 14 일 토론토 로저스 센터 에서 Buffalo Bills 와 Pittsburgh Steelers 사이에서 열린 Toronto Series 의 첫 경기가 있습니다 . Bills는 그 경기에서 24–21로 승리했습니다. 
|분할||AFC 상대||NFC 상대|
시즌을 시작하기 위한 연례 NFL 킥오프 게임 은 9 월 4 일에 열렸으며 Super Bowl XLII 챔피언 New York Giants 가 자이언츠 스타디움 에서 16-7 점으로 디비전 라이벌 인 Washington Redskins를 제치고 승리했습니다 . 게임의 시작은 2008 년 공화당 전당 대회 와의 시간 충돌로 인해 전년도보다 90 분 일찍, 오후 7시 EDT 에 있었습니다. 
오프닝 주 동안 다른 기능을 갖춘 게임이 포함 된 NBC 일요일 밤 축구의 사이 게임 시카고 베어스 와 인디애나 폴리스 콜츠 (에서 최초의 정규 리그 경기 루카스 오일 스타디움 과의 재 대결 슈퍼 볼 XLI 하는), 카일 오튼은 곰 화가 - LED를 콜츠 29-13. 또한, 현재 연례 더블헤더 인 Green Bay Packers 의 The Minnesota Vikings ( Brett Favre가 없는 Packers의 첫 번째 월요일 야간 경기)의 일환으로 두 부문의 라이벌 인 월요일 밤 축구 대회 가 두 번있었습니다 .1992 년 이후) Aaron Rodgers 는 Packers가 24–19로 이기고 Denver Broncos 가 Oakland Raiders 에서 우승하도록 도왔습니다 . Jay Cutler 와 Eddie Royal 이 Broncos를 레이더스를 제치고 41–14로 이겼습니다.  또한, 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠 쿼터백 톰 브래디 는 캔자스 시티 치프스를 상대로 시즌 종료 부상을 입었습니다 .
2008 년 시즌은 11 주차부터 일요일 경기에 "유연한 일정"을 사용하는 세 번째 시즌이기도합니다.
2007 년에 일어난 것처럼, 한 팀이 일요일 밤 시간 슬롯으로 이동하는 게임으로 인해 일요일 밤에 경기를 계속했습니다. 원래 예정된 12 월 14 일 뉴욕 자이언츠- 댈러스 카우보이스 경기는 캐롤라이나 팬더 스를 상대로 12 월 21 일 자이언츠를위한 유연한 홈 경기가 이어졌습니다 . Giants-Panthers 게임은 승자가 플레이 오프 전반에 걸쳐 NFC 의 최고 시드 및 홈 필드 이점을 확보 할 것이기 때문에 심각한 플레이 오프 영향을 미쳤 기 때문에 유연했습니다 . 이 사이 12 월 (7) interconference 대결로, 세 개의 근육이 수축 게임의 두 번째였다 볼티모어 레이븐 와 워싱턴 레드 스킨스 . 리그는 12 월 28 일 Denver Broncos 간의 경기로 오픈 자리를 채웠 습니다.그리고 샌디에고 차저스 (San Diego Chargers) 는 그 게임의 승자가 AFC 서부에서 이기고 플레이 오프에서 홈 경기를 이기고 패자는 탈락 될 것입니다.
이것은 리그가 NFL 국제 시리즈의 일환으로 미국 밖에서 적어도 한 번의 정규 시즌 경기를 치른 두 번째 연속 시즌이었습니다 . 사이 콘테스트 샌디에고 충전기 와 뉴 올리언스 성도가 에서 연주되었다 웸블리 스타디움 (Wembley Stadium) 뉴 올리언스가 37-32 승리와 함께 10 월 26 일에 런던한다.  Chargers는 10 월 19 일 전 주에 Buffalo에서 경기를했기 때문에 시차에 익숙해지기 위해 즉시 런던으로 이동할 수있었습니다. 
리그는 또한 다음 5 시즌 동안 토론토의 로저스 센터 에서 정규 시즌 홈 경기를 최소 1 회 이상 플레이하라는 Bills의 요청을 승인했습니다 .  팀 오너 인 Ralph Wilson 은 온타리오 에서 클럽의 팬층을 강화하기 위해 캐나다에서 적어도 한 경기를 치르도록 리그에 청원했습니다 .  토론토 게임은 종료 후 12 월 7 일이었다 2008 CFL 시즌 ,  에 대한 마이애미 돌핀스 ; 마이애미는 16-3으로 승리했습니다. CBS는 두 게임을 지역적으로 방영했습니다. 토론토 경기는 Rogers Sportsnet 과 City TV를 통해 캐나다 전역에서 진행되었습니다 .
전통적인 추수 감사절 게임  이 11 월 27 일에 열렸으며 디트로이트 라이온스 는 CBS에서 동부 표준시 기준 오후 12시 30 분에 테네시 타이탄 을 주최 했습니다 (당시 10–1 타이탄은 당시 0–11 라이온을 47로 패배 시켰습니다. 10 점), Dallas Cowboys 의 홈 경기는 Fox 에서 시애틀 시호크스를 상대로 오후 4시 15 분 EST에서 벌어졌습니다. 애리조나 카디널스 와 필라델피아 이글스 가 등장하는 NFL 네트워크 의 세 번째 게임은 동부 표준시 오후 8시 15 분에 이어졌습니다.  이글스는 1940 년 이래 추수 감사절 첫 홈 경기 였고, 1989 년 악명 높은 바운티 볼 경기 이후 어느 곳에서나 처음으로 추수 감사절 경기를했다 . Eagles는 48-20의 득점으로 Cardinals를 물리 쳤다. (카디널스와 이글스는 2 개월 후 NFC 챔피언십 게임 에서 재 대결을하게되었고, 이번에는 애리조나가 32 ~ 25 점으로 승리했습니다.)
연휴가 NFL이 정상적으로 경기하는 요일에 도착하면 크리스마스에 게임을하는 NFL 전통에도 불구하고, 크리스마스가 2008 년 목요일에 도착했다는 사실을 감안할 때 NFL은 이번 시즌에 크리스마스 경기 를 개최하지 않기로 결정 했습니다. 12 월 28 일 일요일 17 주차 경기가 모두 열렸습니다.
정규 시즌 순위
|1||테네시 타이탄||남쪽||13||삼||0||.813||4 ~ 2||9 ~ 3||.459||.425|
|2||피츠버그 스틸러스||북쪽||12||4||0||.750||6–0||10 ~ 2||.525||.458|
|3 [a]||마이애미 돌핀스||동쪽||11||5||0||.688||4 ~ 2||8 ~ 4||.461||.398|
|4 [b]||샌디에이고 충전기||서부||8||8||0||.500||5 ~ 1||7 ~ 5||.516||.398|
|5||인디애나 폴리스 콜츠||남쪽||12||4||0||.750||4 ~ 2||10 ~ 2||.498||.492|
|6 [c]||볼티모어 까마귀||북쪽||11||5||0||.688||4 ~ 2||8 ~ 4||.521||.412|
|플레이 오프 자격이 없음|
|7 [a] [c]||뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠||동쪽||11||5||0||.688||4 ~ 2||7 ~ 5||.480||.403|
|8||뉴욕 제츠||동쪽||9||7||0||.563||4 ~ 2||7 ~ 5||.471||.462|
|9 [d]||휴스턴 텍사스||남쪽||8||8||0||.500||2 ~ 4||5 ~ 7||.518||.410|
|10 [b] [d]||덴버 야생마||서부||8||8||0||.500||3 ~ 3||5 ~ 7||.457||.438|
|11||버팔로 빌||동쪽||7||9||0||.438||0 ~ 6||5 ~ 7||.453||.304|
|12 [e]||오클랜드 레이더스||서부||5||11||0||.313||2 ~ 4||4 ~ 8||.520||.450|
|13 [e]||잭슨빌 재규어||남쪽||5||11||0||.313||2 ~ 4||3 ~ 9||.537||.425|
|14||신시내티 벵갈 스||북쪽||4||11||1||.281||1 ~ 5||3 ~ 9||.553||.297|
|15||클리블랜드 브라운||북쪽||4||12||0||.250||1 ~ 5||3 ~ 9||.572||.445|
|16||Kansas City Chiefs||서부||2||14||0||.125||2 ~ 4||2 ~ 10||.537||.406|
|타이 브레이커 [f]|
|1 [a]||뉴욕 자이언츠||동쪽||12||4||0||.750||4 ~ 2||9 ~ 3||.502||.500|
|2 [a]||캐롤라이나 팬더 스||남쪽||12||4||0||.750||4 ~ 2||8 ~ 4||.488||.432|
|삼||미네소타 바이킹||북쪽||10||6||0||.625||4 ~ 2||8 ~ 4||.504||.431|
|4||애리조나 카디널스||서부||9||7||0||.563||6–0||7 ~ 5||.486||.368|
|5||애틀랜타 팔콘||남쪽||11||5||0||.688||3 ~ 3||8 ~ 4||.459||.403|
|6||필라델피아 이글스||동쪽||9||6||1||.594||2 ~ 4||7 ~ 5||.514||.486|
|플레이 오프 자격이 없음|
|7 [b]||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||남쪽||9||7||0||.563||3 ~ 3||8 ~ 4||.480||.431|
|8 [b] [c]||달라스 카우보이||동쪽||9||7||0||.563||3 ~ 3||7 ~ 5||.498||.444|
|9 [b] [c]||시카고 베어스||북쪽||9||7||0||.563||4 ~ 2||7 ~ 5||.475||.365|
|10 [d]||워싱턴 레드 스킨스||동쪽||8||8||0||.500||3 ~ 3||7 ~ 5||.479||.414|
|11 [d]||뉴 올리언스 성도||남쪽||8||8||0||.500||2 ~ 4||5 ~ 7||.496||.375|
|12||샌프란시스코 49ers||서부||7||9||0||.438||3 ~ 3||5 ~ 7||.447||.286|
|13||그린 베이 패커||북쪽||6||10||0||.375||4 ~ 2||5 ~ 7||.504||.365|
|14||시애틀 시호크스||서부||4||12||0||.250||3 ~ 3||3 ~ 9||.498||.313|
|15||세인트 루이스 램스||서부||2||14||0||.125||0 ~ 6||2 ~ 10||.533||.531|
|16||디트로이트 라이온스||북쪽||0||16||0||.000||0 ~ 6||0 ~ 12||.559||–|
|타이 브레이커 [e]|
The playoffs began with Wild Card Weekend on January 3–4, 2009. The Divisional Playoffs were played on January 10–11 and the Conference Championship Games on January 18. Super Bowl XLIII was played on February 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, with the Pittsburgh Steelers winning their record sixth Super Bowl.
Within each conference, the four division winners and the two wild card teams (the top two non-division winners with the best overall regular season records) qualified for the playoffs. The four division winners are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, and the wild card teams are seeded 5 and 6. The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system, and there are no restrictions regarding teams from the same division matching up in any round. In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend, the third-seeded division winner hosts the sixth seed wild card, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth. The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round. In the second round, the divisional playoffs, the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round (seed 4, 5, or 6), while the number 2 seed will play the other team (seed 3, 4, or 5). The two surviving teams from each conference's divisional playoff games then meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, hosted by the higher seed. Although the Super Bowl, the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference.
|1||Tennessee Titans (South winner)||New York Giants (East winner)|
|2||Pittsburgh Steelers (North winner)||Carolina Panthers (South winner)|
|3||Miami Dolphins (East winner)||Minnesota Vikings (North winner)|
|4||San Diego Chargers (West winner)||Arizona Cardinals (West winner)|
|5||Indianapolis Colts (wild card)||Atlanta Falcons (wild card)|
|6||Baltimore Ravens (wild card)||Philadelphia Eagles (wild card)|
|Jan. 4 – Dolphin Stadium||Jan. 10 – LP Field|
|3||Miami||9||Jan. 18 – Heinz Field|
|Jan. 3 – Qualcomm Stadium||6||Baltimore||14|
|Jan. 11 – Heinz Field|
|4||San Diego||23*||Feb. 1 – Raymond James Stadium|
|Wild card playoffs|
|Jan. 4 – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||A2||Pittsburgh||27|
|Jan. 11 – Giants Stadium|
|6||Philadelphia||26||Super Bowl XLIII|
|3||Minnesota||14||Jan. 18 – University of Phoenix Stadium|
|Jan. 3 – University of Phoenix Stadium||6||Philadelphia||25|
|Jan. 10 – Bank of America Stadium|
- * Indicates overtime victory
Detroit Lions going 0–16
The 2008 Detroit Lions would mark the capstone of the ill decisions of President/General Manager Matt Millen since arriving on the job in 2001. After an 0–3 start, the Lions fired Millen on September 23 after seven seasons, during the team's bye week. During that time, the Lions compiled the worst record in the league (31–84, .270 percentage) and had many questionable draft choices.
However, by that point, the damage had been done. The Lions went on to lose every game and finished 0–16, the first winless season in the NFL since the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season saw the Baltimore Colts finish 0–8–1, and the first full-season imperfect season since the expansion 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 0–14. It marked the first time that a non-expansion team, non-strike shortened team, non-merged team finished winless since the 1944 Brooklyn Tigers finished 0–10. It was the second winless season for the Lions, who finished 0–11 in 1942. The 0–16 record would be later matched by the 2017 Cleveland Browns.
Retirement/Unretirement of Brett Favre
The 2008 season marked the first time since September 20, 1992, that someone other than Brett Favre started at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, as Aaron Rodgers became the new offensive "Leader of The Pack." At first, this was given Favre's announcement on March 4, 2008, that he would retire from the league after seventeen seasons. He owns many NFL records, including most wins as a quarterback, most touchdowns thrown, (broken by Peyton Manning in 2014) and most consecutive starts at quarterback, as well as most interceptions. He started every Packers game, regular season and postseason, for nearly sixteen full seasons (September 27, 1992 – January 20, 2008).
The Packers were scheduled to retire Favre's #4 jersey in a ceremony during the first week of the season. However, on July 2, 2008, he publicly indicated that he wanted to play again as the starting quarterback. On July 11, 2008, Favre sent a letter to the Packers management asking for an unconditional release which will allow him to play for another team. The Packers did not give it to him, but they were unwilling to release him for fear that he would sign with division rival Minnesota Vikings (Favre's choice for an alternate team). Also, the Packers would not start him as quarterback if he came back to the team, and named the other Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback and Favre as the backup.
From July 14 to 15, Favre did TV interviews discussing his comeback, Rodgers taking his place, and frustrations on the Packers for not being honest with him, personally and publicly.
On July 16, 2008, the Packers filed tampering charges against the Vikings for alleged improper communication between Favre, Vikings head coach Brad Childress and Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Favre filed for reinstatement on July 29, 2008, and by August 4, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Favre.
Three days later on August 7, the Packers traded Favre to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick. He played well for most of the year, but entering December he suffered a shoulder injury which dropped the Jets out of playoff contention. Favre again retired following the 2008 season. The Jets then released Favre in favor of moving in the direction of getting a star college quarterback in the draft, eventually landing Mark Sanchez. Another protracted "will he/won’t he retire’ saga emerged in 2009 which concluded in August of that year when Favre signed with, as expected, the Minnesota Vikings.
Hurricane Ike forced several changes to the 2008 schedule. The Houston Texans' Week 2 home game against the Baltimore Ravens was first postponed to Monday, September 15, before Ike made landfall; damage to Reliant Stadium forced a further postponement, to Week 10, on Sunday, November 9, giving the Texans and the Ravens their bye weeks in Week 2. Furthermore, to accommodate this move, the Texans’ home game against the Cincinnati Bengals was moved forward from November 9 to Sunday, October 26, pushing the Bengals’ bye week from Week 8 to Week 10. Although no other games were postponed, Ike and its remnants also impacted several other Week 2 games on September 14.
The Texans ended up having to wait until Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts to have their home opener, the latest an NFL team went into the season before playing at home since the New Orleans Saints played their entire schedule on the road in 2005 due to the damages of the city of New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina. (Every other NFL team had at least one home game by the end of Week 2.) With the Ravens eventually advancing to the AFC Championship Game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers (and having to enter the playoffs as a wild card team), the impromptu decision to give the Ravens and Texans their bye week so early in the season ended up having the unintended effect of the Ravens playing in an NFL-record 18 consecutive weeks without a break in the schedule.
New formations result in high scores
The 2008 season saw a marked increase in the use of two new offensive philosophies (at least for the NFL, these offenses previously saw extensive use in college or Canadian football for a few years): the "wildcat formation," a formation based on the halfback option play, the "spread offense," which uses multiple wide-receiver sets and the quarterback frequently in shotgun, and the "Suggs package," which features two quarterbacks on the field at once. In week 3 of the season, the wildcat formation, used up until this point primarily as a trick play, was used eight times, including four times in a Miami Dolphins game and three times in a game between the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills. Season-ending injuries to the starting and backup quarterbacks for the Chiefs prompted the team's offensive coordinator Chan Gailey to switch to a spread offense after six games. In Baltimore, the Ravens, led by rookie head coach John Harbaugh, implemented the "Suggs package", which places two quarterbacks on the field at once, Joe Flacco and Troy Smith. Due mainly to the new formations, 837 points were scored league wide in Week 12, the most ever for one NFL weekend. The wildcat formation in particular was credited with turning the Miami Dolphins from a last-place team into the winner of the AFC East, and four of the top ten plays ranked by NFL.com were directly based on the wildcat (two others featured wide receivers throwing passes).
On November 16, during Week 11, a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium ended in a 13–13 tie, the first NFL tie game since November 10, 2002, when the Atlanta Falcons and the Pittsburgh Steelers ended in a 34–34 draw. After the game, Donovan McNabb mentioned that he did not know there were ties in the NFL, apparently confusing the NFL's postseason rules (where teams can and have played double overtime games because those contests continue until a team finally wins) with the regular season rules. This drew the ire of many fans, who thought that a quarterback of his caliber should know some fundamental rules; however, none of McNabb's critics accused him of not playing to win during the OT period in Cincinnati, and his play was tied into a game that was widely derided as one of the ugliest, most disjointed, and controversial results in NFL history,.
Ironically, the tie game ultimately helped the Eagles make the playoffs, as it was the deciding tiebreaker for the #6 seed in the NFC; the Eagles went on to lose to the Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game.
St. Louis Rams and Georgia Frontiere
On January 18, 2008, Georgia Frontiere, owner of the St. Louis Rams died due to complications with breast cancer. The Rams wore a commemorative patch in her honor, with her signature on their left shoulder.
Kansas City Chiefs and Lamar Hunt
On January 31, 2008, Clark Hunt, chairman of the board for the Kansas City Chiefs announced that henceforth the team's Lamar Hunt/American Football League tribute patch that was introduced in the 2007 season will be a permanent part of the Chiefs’ uniform. joining the Chicago Bears (with George Halas) and the Cleveland Browns (with Al Lerner) with such a patch.
The stretch of highway outside Ralph Wilson Stadium along U.S. Route 20A in Orchard Park, New York, has been named the Timothy J. Russert Highway. Russert, who was NBC News's chief Washington bureau correspondent and the host of Meet the Press, was a Buffalo native and noted Buffalo Bills fan. He died of a heart attack in June 2008.
The league honored National Football League Players Association leader Gene Upshaw, who died suddenly at age 63 on August 20 just three days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For the entire season, the Oakland Raiders wore a patch on the left chest of the jerseys with the initials "GU" and his number 63, his jersey number with the Raiders. All NFL teams also honored Upshaw with a video tribute and a replica of the uniform patch painted onto the field during the opening weekend. Originally, the patch on the field and the video tribute were only going to be done in Oakland at the Raiders' home opener against the Denver Broncos as Upshaw played his entire 15-year Hall of Fame career with the Raiders, and at Giants Stadium, when the Giants and Redskins opened the NFL season on September 4. All players wore the same patch during Week One, and later changed to a smaller helmet decal. The Raiders wore the patch through the remainder of the season.
Steelers ownership restructure
On July 7, 2008, owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including Art Rooney's five sons who own 80% of the franchise, looked to restructure the ownership plan of the franchise in order to comply with NFL ownership regulations. Current Steelers Chairman, Dan Rooney, and his son, Art Rooney II, President of the franchise, wished to stay involved with the franchise, while the remainder of the brothers — Art Jr., Timothy, Patrick and John — wished to further pursue racetracks that they own in Florida and New York. Since 2006, many of the racetracks have added video slot machines, causing them to violate "NFL policy that prohibits involvement with racetrack and gambling interests". On July 11, it was confirmed that investor Stanley Druckenmiller had been in discussion with the five Rooney brothers. A Steelers fan for many years, Druckenmiller "has been known to paint his face black and gold" during games. Coach Mike Tomlin stated that the situation could become a distraction, but "I'm here to coach, they're [the players] here to play. Those questions will be answered by the Rooneys." On September 18, Druckenmiller withdrew his bid to purchase the team.
NFL owners unanimously approved the restructuring of ownership on December 17, 2008, with Dan and Art II getting the mandated 30% stake. Meanwhile, brothers Timothy and Patrick (the ones who own race tracks with slot machines, which violate NFL ownership rules) sold their shares outright, while Art Jr., John, and the McGinley family selling some shares but retaining smaller ownership roles, with the brothers reducing their shares from 16% to 6% and the McGinley family reducing their shares from 20% to 10%. Joining the ownership group were Pilot Travel Centers president Jim Haslam III, Legendary Pictures president a D CEO Thomas Tull, and the Paul family each getting a 16% stake in the team. Dan Rooney mentioned he has no ill will towards Druckenmiller, mentioning he's a great Steelers fan and wishes he remains one.
The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the regular season:
|Record||Player/Team||Date Broken/Opponent||Previous Record Holder|
| Longest Field Goal Attempt |
|Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland||September 28, vs San Diego||Mark Moseley, Nov 25, 1979 (74 yards)|
| Most Receiving Yards by a Tight End, Career |
|Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City||October 5, at Carolina||Shannon Sharpe, 1990–2003 (10,060)|
| Longest Overtime Blocked Punt Return for a Touchdown |
|Monty Beisel, Arizona||October 12, vs Dallas||None, first time in NFL history|
| Longest Overtime Field Goal |
|Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland||October 19, vs NY Jets||Chris Jacke, Oct 4, 1996 (53)|
| Consecutive Games with 6+ Receptions, Start of Season |
|Wes Welker, New England||November 9, vs Buffalo||Jimmy Smith, 2001 (8)|
| Consecutive Games with 400+ Yards Passing |
|Matt Cassel, New England||November 17, vs NY Jets, Miami||Billy Volek, Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Phil Simms (2)|
| Longest Interception Return |
|Ed Reed, Baltimore||November 23, vs Philadelphia||Ed Reed, Nov 7, 2004 (106) |
| Most Passing Yards, First 10 Weeks of Season |
|Drew Brees, New Orleans||November 23, vs Green Bay||Dan Fouts 1982 (3,164 yards)|
| Highest Total Points Scored in a Single Week |
|All 32 teams||Nov 20–24, 2008||Done three times: Sept 5–9, 2002; Dec 5–6, 2004; and Dec 29–30, 2007 (788 points)|
| Longest Regular Season Interception Return without TD |
|Brandon McDonald, Cleveland||December 15, at Philadelphia||Julius Peppers October 10, 2004 (97 yards)|
| Most Consecutive Games Lost, Start of Season |
|Detroit Lions||December 21, vs New Orleans||1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 1980 New Orleans Saints (both started season 0–14)|
| Most Consecutive Games Lost, End of Season |
|December 28, vs Green Bay||2001 Carolina Panthers (15)|
| Most Games Lost, Season |
|Tied by 8 teams (15)|
| Fewest Sacks By A Team, Season |
|Kansas City Chiefs||Cincinnati Bengals||1982 Baltimore Colts (11)|
| Fewest Accepted Penalties, 16-game season |
|New England Patriots||December 28, vs Buffalo Bills||Seattle Seahawks, 2007 (59)|
| Most Wins Without Making Playoffs, Since 1990 |
|New England Patriots||December 28|| Kansas City Chiefs, 2005, and Cleveland Browns, 2007 (10). |
(1990 was the year the playoff field expanded to its current 12 teams. The last team to miss with 11 games won was the 1985 Denver Broncos, at a time when only 10 teams made it into the playoffs.)
| Lowest Winning Percentage While Still Making Playoffs, Non-Strike Season |
|San Diego Chargers||December 28||Tied with multiple teams|
| Most Super Bowl wins, team |
|Pittsburgh Steelers||February 1 with win over Arizona||San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys (5 each)|
Regular season statistical leaders
|Points scored||New Orleans Saints (463)|
|Total yards gained||New Orleans Saints (6,571)|
|Yards rushing||New York Giants (2,518)|
|Yards passing||New Orleans Saints (5,069)|
|Fewest points allowed||Pittsburgh Steelers (223)|
|Fewest total yards allowed||Pittsburgh Steelers (3,795)|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||Minnesota Vikings (1,230)|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||Pittsburgh Steelers (2,511)|
|Scoring||Stephen Gostkowski, New England (148 points)|
|Touchdowns||DeAngelo Williams, Carolina (20 TDs)|
|Most field goals made||Stephen Gostkowski, New England (36 FGs)|
|Rushing||Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (1,760 yards)|
|Passer rating||Philip Rivers, San Diego (105.5 rating)|
|Passing touchdowns||Drew Brees, New Orleans and Philip Rivers, San Diego (34 TDs)|
|Passing yards||Drew Brees, New Orleans (5,069 yards)|
|Pass receptions||Andre Johnson, Houston (115 catches)|
|Pass receiving yards||Andre Johnson, Houston (1,575 yards)|
|Punt returns||Santana Moss, Washington (6 for 124 yards, 20.7 average yards)|
|Kickoff returns||Domenik Hixon, New York Giants (3 for 180 yards, 60.0 average yards)not enough to qualify|
|Interceptions||Ed Reed, Baltimore (9)|
|Punting||Shane Lechler, Oakland (90 for 4,391 yards, 48.8 average yards)|
|Sacks||DeMarcus Ware, Dallas (20)|
|Most Valuable Player||Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts|
|Coach of the Year||Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Drew Brees, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints|
|Defensive Player of the Year||James Harrison, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Jerod Mayo, Linebacker, New England Patriots|
|NFL Comeback Player of the Year||Chad Pennington, Quarterback, Miami Dolphins|
|Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year||Kurt Warner, Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award||Santonio Holmes, Wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Quarterback||Peyton Manning, Indianapolis|
|Running back||Adrian Peterson, Minnesota|
|Fullback||Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore|
|Wide receiver|| Andre Johnson, Houston |
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
|Tight end||Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City|
|Offensive tackle|| Jordan Gross, Carolina |
Michael Roos, Tennessee
|Offensive guard|| Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota |
Chris Snee, New York Giants
|Center||Kevin Mawae, Tennessee|
|Defensive end|| Justin Tuck, New York Giants |
Jared Allen, Minnesota
|Defensive tackle|| Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee |
Kevin Williams, Minnesota
|Outside linebacker|| DeMarcus Ware, Dallas |
James Harrison, Pittsburgh
|Inside linebacker|| Ray Lewis, Baltimore |
Jon Beason, Carolina
|Cornerback|| Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland |
Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee
|Safety|| Ed Reed, Baltimore |
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh
|Kicker||Stephen Gostkowski, New England|
|Punter||Shane Lechler, Oakland Raiders|
|Kick returner||Leon Washington, New York Jets|
- Most points scored: New Orleans, 463
- Fewest points scored: Cleveland, 204
- Most total offensive yards: New Orleans, 6,571
- Fewest total offensive yards: Cincinnati, 3,926
- Most total passing yards: New Orleans, 4,977
- Fewest total passing yards: Oakland, 2,369
- Most rushing yards: New York Giants, 2,518
- Fewest rushing yards: Arizona, 1,178
- Fewest points allowed: Pittsburgh, 223
- Most points allowed: Detroit, 517
- Fewest total yards allowed: Pittsburgh, 3,795
- Most total yards allowed: Detroit, 6,470
- Fewest passing yards allowed: Pittsburgh, 2,511
- Most passing yards allowed: Seattle, 4,149
- Fewest rushing yards allowed: Minnesota, 1,230
- Most rushing yards allowed: Detroit, 2,754
2008 AFC Players of the Week
2008 NFC Players of the Week
The following teams hired new head coaches prior to the start of the 2008 season:
|Team||2008 Coach||Former Coach(es)||Reason for leaving||Notes|
|Atlanta Falcons||Mike Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator|| Bobby Petrino; |
Emmitt Thomas, interim for 3 games
|Petrino resigned after 13 games to take the head coaching job at the University of Arkansas.||In his first and only season, Petrino went 3–10 before resigning. Under interim head coach Thomas, the Falcons went 1–2 over the remainder of the season. Thomas would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and remain as a special assistant coach for the Falcons.|
|Baltimore Ravens||John Harbaugh, Philadelphia Eagles special teams coach ||Brian Billick||Fired||Billick coached the Ravens to a victory in Super Bowl XXXV, and was 80–64 with the Ravens in the regular season and 5–3 in the postseason, but went 5–11 in 2007, the worst record the Ravens had in his nine-year tenure. Became a color commentator for Fox Sports in 2008.|
|Miami Dolphins||Tony Sparano, Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach/offensive line coach||Cam Cameron||Fired||In his first and only season, the Cameron-led Dolphins finished with a league worst 1–15 record. After his sacking, Cameron became John Harbaugh's offensive coordinator at Baltimore.|
|Washington Redskins||Jim Zorn, Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach||Joe Gibbs||Retired||Finished 16 overall seasons as Redskins head coach. During his first tenure, 1981–92, the club won three Super Bowls (XVII, XXII, and XXVI) and four NFC Championships (1982, 1983, 1987 and 1991). After being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996, he rejoined the team in 2004, and returned to running the day-to-day operations of his self-owned racing team after his second retirement.|
The following head coaches were fired during the 2008 season:
|Team||Interim Coach||Former Coach||Reason for leaving||Notes|
|St. Louis Rams||Jim Haslett, defensive coordinator; former head coach of the New Orleans Saints||Scott Linehan||Dismissed September 29 four games into the season||Linehan went 11–25 (.306 percentage) in his 2¼ seasons as Rams coach. After Haslett was named interim head coach, the Rams won two straight games against Washington and Dallas, but dropped the final 10 games of the season. On January 15, 2009, Haslett learned he would not be considered for the permanent head coach position. Haslett became the coach of the new United Football League's Orlando franchise.|
|Oakland Raiders||Tom Cable, offensive line coach||Lane Kiffin||Relieved of duties September 30 after four games||Kiffin was fired in spite of being hired as the youngest coach in the NFL one year earlier, as shown by a 5–15 record (.250 percentage) in his 1¼ seasons as the fourth coach since Jon Gruden left. A dispute with owner Al Davis was said to be behind his dismissal, but Kiffin got a new job as coach of the University of Tennessee in December. Cable was named permanent head coach following back-to-back wins over Houston and at Tampa Bay, where the Buccaneers were eliminated from playoff contention.|
|San Francisco 49ers||Mike Singletary, assistant head coach and linebackers coach||Mike Nolan||Fired October 20 after seven games||The son of former coach Dick Nolan went 18–37 (.327 percentage) after nearly 3½ seasons as 49ers coach. Singletary had the interim tag removed following their 27–21 win over the Redskins on December 28, signing a four-year extension.|
The firing of Kiffin and Linehan marked the first time since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970 that multiple head coaches were fired before Week 5 of the season, and the first since 1989 that any coach was fired this early in a season. Both were released heading into their teams’ respective bye weeks, while Nolan was released prior to the game just before the 49ers’ bye.
McAfee Coliseum reverted back to the Oakland Coliseum after McAfee declined to renew the naming rights. In addition, Monster Park reverted back to Candlestick Park permanently after the naming right deal with Monster Cable expired, per the terms of Proposition H, passed by San Francisco voters in 2004, that prohibited the city from accepting another naming rights deals for that stadium.
The Denver Broncos brought back the alternate orange jerseys after a three-year hiatus and wore them for games against the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.
In their first two home games, the New England Patriots wore their white jerseys against the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. It was the first time the Patriots had worn white at home since 1994.
For the first time in the team's history, the Oakland Raiders wore their white jerseys at home against the San Diego Chargers.
New league logo
2008 was the first season that the NFL used a new, updated logo. Unveiled on August 31, 2007, in USA Today, the new design features eight white stars, representing each of the league's eight divisions, instead of 25 on the old logo. The football has been redesigned and rotated to the same angle as the one on the top of the Vince Lombardi Trophy given to the Super Bowl champion. Darker shades of red and blue, specifically navy blue, are also used, along with font lettering to that of the league's current typeface for other logos. The new logo officially made its debut during the 2008 NFL Draft on April 26.
The 2008 season marked just the third time in the salary cap era (and first since 2001) that no NFL team made major changes to their uniforms or logo. Since 1993, half of the league's teams (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Minnesota, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Tennessee) have completely redesigned their uniforms (The Patriots doing it four times, though none since 2000) while another five (Detroit, Green Bay, Miami, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh) making minor, though noticeable, changes. The Titans are swapping home and alternate designations on their light blue and navy blue jerseys though.
The Detroit Lions, in celebration of their 75th season in Motown as well as by popular demand by the fans, abandoned their black third jerseys in favor of their 1950s style throwback uniforms. They wore these uniforms against Jacksonville (November 9) and Tennessee (Thanksgiving Day – November 27). In addition, the Pittsburgh Steelers will make their throwbacks from the previous season their alternate uniform, wearing them against the Baltimore Ravens on September 29 and the New York Giants on October 26. The Jets wore their New York Titans throwbacks at home against Arizona on September 28 and Cincinnati on October 12 this season, and the Bills donned their retro uniforms at home against Oakland Raiders September 21.
This was the third season under the league's current television contracts with its American broadcast partners. CBS Sports and Fox Sports televised Sunday afternoon AFC and NFC away games, respectively. For primetime games, NBC broadcast Sunday Night Football and ESPN airs Monday Night Football. The NFL Network's Run to the Playoffs also broadcast seven Thursday and one Saturday late season night games, although there were reportedly negotiations to move those games to ESPN Classic. This was also the last NFL season to be broadcast over the air in analog television in the United States; the digital television transition occurred in June 2009. Border stations in Canada and Mexico will continue to broadcast in analog; cable stations are unaffected and will be distributed in the format of the cable provider's choice.
ESPN reduced the on-air roles of sideline reporters Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber during the Monday Night Football telecast. Also, Emmitt Smith has been replaced on Sunday NFL Countdown by Cris Carter, who came over from HBO.
The in-house NFL Network saw Bryant Gumbel resign as their play-by-play announcer after two seasons on the network's Run to the Playoffs package after critics described his play-by-play calling as "lackluster." New York Giants radio announcer Bob Papa took his place.
Additionally, NFL Films-produced Inside the NFL changed premium cable homes from Time Warner's HBO after three decades to CBS’ Showtime. Also changed: James Brown (from the parent network's The NFL Today) as host and Phil Simms as one of the analysts. Cris Collinsworth is staying, but Dan Marino has been dropped as a studio analyst, and the aforementioned Cris Carter moved to ESPN. Taking their place is Warren Sapp.
On December 4, the NFL Network broadcast its game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers to theaters in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles using state of the art 3-D technology. The viewings, which were limited to NFL and consumer electronics executives, served as a test for future use of 3D in NFL television games. Because of a technical glitch, the first half was not shown.
On radio, Westwood One separated from its longtime corporate sister, CBS Radio and the Sports USA Radio Network, another syndicator, has been sold along with parent company Jones Radio Networks to the Triton Media Group.. This led to the former "NFL on Westwood One" giving way in 2011 to "NFL on Dial Global".
On Internet television, both NFL.com and NBCSports.com carried complete live games of NBC Sunday Night Football for the first time ever. NFL.com continued its live coverage of Thursday and Saturday Night Football, which began in 2007, however for the first time the complete game rather than live look-ins was shown.
The Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 season/Super Bowl XLIII championship home video went on sale on DVD on February 24, 2009. One week later on March 3, it was released on Blu-ray Disc, making it the first NFL Films home video release to be on Blu-ray Disc. The Blu-ray copy is "officially" sold exclusively through Amazon.com, though it is also available through the Sports Illustrated Super Bowl offer as well as eBay. Among its exclusive content included having most of the features in high-definition video as well as the NFL on Fox fourth-quarter coverage of the Steelers matchup against the Dallas Cowboys at Heinz Field in its entirety. The matchup, which took place during Week 14 and renewed the rivalry the two teams had in the 1970s & 1990s, saw the Steelers come back from a 4th quarter ten-point deficit to win 20–13.
The New York Giants 2007 season/Super Bowl video was only released on DVD the previous year despite the fact that Toshiba dropped support of HD DVD (the primary rival of Blu-ray) just two weeks after Super Bowl XLII.
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