2016 NFL 시즌 - 2016 NFL season

2016 내셔널 풋볼 리그 시즌
정규 시즌
지속 2016 년 9 월 8 일 – 2017 년 1 월 1 일 (2016-09-08) (2017-01-01)
플레이 오프
시작일 2017 년 1 월 7 일
AFC 챔피언 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠
NFC 챔피언 애틀랜타 팔콘
슈퍼 볼 LI
데이트 2017 년 2 월 5 일
대지 NRG 스타디움 , 휴스턴
챔피언 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠
프로 볼
데이트 2017 년 1 월 29 일
대지 캠핑 월드 스타디움 , 올랜도, 플로리다

2016 NFL 시즌 의 역사에서 97 번째 시즌이었다 미국 축구 리그 (NFL). 계절은 방어와 함께, 2016년 9월 8일에 시작했다 슈퍼 볼 (50) 챔피언 덴버 브롱 코스 물리 치고 캐롤라이나 팬더 에서 21-20 NFL 킥오프 게임 슈퍼 볼의 재 대결에서. 시즌은 2017 년 2 월 5 일 휴스턴의 NRG 스타디움 에서 열린 리그 챔피언십 경기 인 Super Bowl LI로 끝났습니다 . 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠는 연장전에서 애틀랜타 팔콘 스 34-28을 물리 쳤습니다.

이후 처음으로 휴스턴 오일 러스 에 이전 테네시 에서 1997 , [주 1] 전자 같은 NFL 팀은 다른 상태로 옮겨 세인트루이스 램스가 밖으로 이동 세인트 루이스, 미주리 및 반환 로스 앤젤레스 에서 홈을 1946 ~ 1979 (애너하임 1980 ~ 1994). [1] [2] 2003 년 NFL 시즌 이후 처음으로 이전 시즌의 슈퍼 볼 참가자 중 어느 누구도 플레이 오프에 진출하지 못했습니다. [삼]

2016 년 시즌은 또한 샌프란시스코에서 56 년 동안 뛰었던 샌디에고 차저스 가 2017 년 로스 앤젤레스로 돌아 오기 전까지 1960 년 첫 시즌을 맞이한 마지막 시즌이었습니다 .

선수 이동 및 은퇴

2016 NFL 리그 연도는 2016 년 3 월 9 일 오후 4시 (동부 표준시)에 시작되었습니다. 3 월 7 일, 클럽은 2015 년 만료시 무제한 FA가 된 선수의 공인 에이전트와 연락하여 계약 협상을 시작했습니다.이틀 후에 계약. 3 월 9 일, 클럽은 2015 년 계약에 옵션 조항이있는 선수들에게 2016 년 옵션을 행사하고, 계약이 만료되는 제한된 FA에게 적격 제안을 제출했으며, 거부 / 보상 권리를 유지하고자하는 선수들에게 최소 급여 입찰을 제출했습니다. 2015 년 계약이 만료되고 누적 된 FA 크레딧 시즌이 3 개 미만인 선수에 대한 독점적 인 협상 권한을 유지하고 팀은 "Top-51"정의를 사용하여 급여 상한선 아래에 있어야합니다. 팀의 급여를받는 선수는 총 급여 상한이 실제 상한보다 적어야합니다). 모든 2015 플레이어 계약이 만료되고 2016 년 거래 기간이 시작됩니다.

자유 계약

FA 기간이 시작될 때 총 496 명의 플레이어가 어떤 형태로든 FA 자격을 얻었습니다. [4] 또한 리그 연도가 시작된 후 많은 보수를받는 선수들이 석방되어 팀이 연봉 상한선을 되 찾을 수 있도록했습니다. FA를 통해 팀을 바꾼 주목할만한 선수는 다음과 같습니다.

거래

주목할만한 은퇴

초안

2016 년 NFL 초안은 2016 년 4 월 28 일부터 4 월 30 일까지 시카고 에서 개최되었습니다 . 와 무역로서 테네시 타이탄로스 앤젤레스 램은 보류 된 첫 번째 전체 선택을 하고 선택 QB 자레드 고프을 .

규칙 변경

다음 규칙 변경은 3 월 22 일 오너 회의에서 2016 NFL 시즌에 대해 승인되었습니다. [14]

  • 코칭 스태프의 공격 및 수비 플레이 콜러가 필드에 있든 코치 부스에 있든 상관없이 코치 대 선수 통신 시스템을 사용할 수 있습니다.
  • 2015 NFL 시즌에 제정 된 추가 점수 규칙을 영구적으로 채택합니다 . 추가 포인트 킥은 15 야드 라인에서 이루어지며 수비는 2 점 수비 전환을 위해 2 점 시도에서 차단 된 PAT, 펌블 또는 차단을 반환 할 수 있습니다.
  • 필드의 모든 절단 블록을 무법 화하십시오. 이전에는 공격 라인 맨이 "다른 공격 팀원의 블로킹 시도에 의해 수비 선수가 신체적으로 허리 위로 맞물려있는 동안"수비 선수를 찹 블록이 합법화했습니다.
  • " 말 목걸이 태클 " 의 정의를 확장하여 플레이어가 명판 또는 그 위의 유니폼에 잡고 땅으로 끌리는 태클을 포함합니다.
  • 게임 지연 페널티 (5 야드)에 따라 허용되지 않을 때 타임 아웃을 호출하는 행위.
  • 리시버가 바운드를 벗어났다가 다시 들어 와서 포워드 패스를 불법적으로 터치 할 때 5 야드 페널티에서 다운 손실로 변경합니다.
  • 소유권 변경 후 발생한 더블 파울에 대한 여러 지점을 제거합니다.
  • 심판은 이제 경기에서 항상 심판 바로 맞은 편의 공격 백 필드에 줄을 서서 공격이 5 야드 라인 안에 있거나 결승 2시에있을 때 수비 라인 뒤로 이동하는 심판의 연습을 종료합니다. 전반전 & 후반전 5시.

다음 변경 사항은 3 월 23 일 오너 회의에서 2016 NFL 시즌에만 승인되었습니다. 둘 다 영구적 인 규칙이되거나 2017 년에 폐기 될 수 있습니다.

  • 이동 touchback의 년에 채택 된 NCAA 규칙과 비슷한 25 야드 라인에 킥오프 및 기타 프리킥 후 자리 2012 시즌 (매출 또는 펀트 후 touchback하는 것은 여전히 20 야드 라인에 배치됩니다). 이 규칙 변경의 목표는 킥오프 리턴 횟수를 줄이는 것입니다. 킥 리턴자는 25 야드 라인에 도달하기 전에 태클을 당할 위험이 더 크기 때문에 엔드 존에서 공을 꺼내는 것을 더 꺼릴 수 있습니다. NFL 관계자는 이것이 실제로 킥오프 리턴을 증가시킬 수 있다는 점을 인정합니다. 왜냐하면 키커가 대신 리턴자를 10 야드 라인 안에 고정하려고 시도 할 수 있기 때문입니다. [15]
  • 같은 게임에서 두 번의 비신사적 행동 페널티를 범한 플레이어 는 자동으로 게임에서 퇴장됩니다. 이것은 뉴욕 자이언츠의 와이드 리시버 인 오델 베컴 주니어캐롤라이나 팬더 스의 코너 백인 조쉬 노먼 을 퇴장시키지 않고 한 경기에서 3 개의 퍼스널 파울을 범한 것에 대한 응답이었습니다 . 이 변경 사항을 "Odell Beckham Rule"이라고합니다. 그러나 NFL 관계자는 베컴이 개인 파울을 저질렀 고 비신사적 행동 페널티를 범하지 않았기 때문에이 새로운 규칙이 베컴을 퇴장시키지 않았을 것이라고 분명히 밝혔습니다. [16]

즉석 리플레이 규칙에 대한 다음 변경 사항은 5 월 24 일 오너 회의에서 2016 NFL 시즌에 승인되었습니다. [17]

  • 다음을 포함하여 리뷰 가능한 연극을 수정합니다.
    • 소유와 관련된 연극.
    • 공이나 땅을 터치하는 플레이.
    • 골라인이 지배하는 플레이.
    • 경계선이 지배하는 연극.
    • 스 크리 미지 라인이 지배하는 연극.
    • 게인 라인에 의해 제어되는 플레이 (첫 번째 다운).
    • 스냅시 필드에있는 선수의 수.
    • 게임 관리 (플레이 규칙의 올바른 적용, 적절한 다운, 페널티 적용을위한 파울 지점 및 게임 시계 상태 (실행 시계, 실행 시계 아님, 피리어드 종료) 포함)

2016 시즌에 적용된 추가 규칙 업데이트는 다음과 같습니다.

  • 플레이어가 유니폼 셔츠 아래에 후드 티를 입는 것을 금지합니다. 이것은 Green Bay Packers의 와이드 리시버 James Jones 가 2015 시즌에 그 스타일을 사용하여 그의 이름 판을 후드 아래에 숨겨서 채택되었습니다 . [18]
  • 감독을 제외한 모든 코치가 경기장에 들어가는 것을 금지하고 부상당한 선수 만 확인합니다. 이것은 2015-16 NFL 플레이 오프 동안 Pittsburgh Steelers 조교수 Joey Porter 와 몇몇 Cincinnati Bengals 선수, 특히 Adam Jones관련된 사건에 대한 대응이었습니다 . [18]
  • 동전이 뒤집 히지 않으면 (그린 베이 패커와 애리조나 카디널스 사이의 2015–16 NFL 플레이 오프 게임에서 그랬던 것처럼 ) 게임 전 또는 OT 전 토스 중에 심판은 다음을 사용하여 동전을 다시 토스 할 수 있습니다. 선장의 원래 전화.
  • 연습 분대는 이제 두 시즌의 경험을 가진 최대 4 명의 선수를 보유 할 수 있으며, 이는 이전 2 년 동안 허용 된 두 선수보다 증가한 것입니다. [19]
  • 부상 보고서에는 더 이상 "가능한"지정이 포함되지 않습니다. 리그는 2005 년 이후 ( 부상 보고서에있을 가능성이있는 것으로 나열된 Michael Vick 도 비활성으로 표시된 게임에서) 경상을 제외한 모든 것에 지정 사용을 권장하지 않았습니다. 궁극적으로 플레이 할 가능성이있는 것으로 표시됩니다. "의심스러운"범주는 이제 플레이어가 게임에 들어가는 것을 방해 할 수있는 부상을 포함하도록 확장되고 "의심스러운"범주는 플레이보다 플레이하지 않을 가능성이 더 큰 모든 플레이어를 포함하도록 일반화됩니다. 2016 년 이전에 각 지정은 플레이어가 플레이 시간을 볼 수있는 대략적인 배당률을 나타냅니다. 가능성은 75 %,[20]

2016 년 사망

NFL (또는 AFL ) 과 관련된 다음 사람들 이 2016 년에 사망했습니다. [21]

데니스 그린

Dennis Green 은 7 월 21 일에 사망했습니다. Green은 1992 년 미네소타 바이킹스의 수석 코치로 임명되어 NFL 역사상 두 번째 풀 타임 흑인 감독 이되었습니다 ( 3 년 전에 로스 앤젤레스 레이더스 에 고용 된 Art Shell 은 먼저). 그린은 10 년 동안 바이킹 코치를 맡았고 그중 8 명은 플레이 오프 시즌 이었지만 슈퍼 볼에는 진출하지 못했습니다. 그런 다음 2004 년부터 2006 년까지 애리조나 카디널스 를 인수 하여 훨씬 덜 성공했습니다. 가장 악명 높은 먼데이 나이트 멜트 다운 (Monday Night Meltdown )에서 그는 경기에서 패배 한 후 피로를 풀었습니다. Green은 또한 San Francisco 49ers 의 부 코치 및 방송 해설자로 시간을 보냈습니다 . 그린은 67 세였다.[22]

버디 라이언
버디 라이언

James "Buddy"Ryan 은 6 월 28 일에 사망했습니다. 경력 동안 6 개의 NFL 팀에서 근무한 수비 코디네이터이자 감독 인 Ryan은 46 개의 수비 를 발명 한 공로를 인정 받았습니다 . 게임에 대한 그의 공헌은 New York JetsSuper Bowl III 에서 당황한 승리를 확보하는 데 중요한 것으로 간주 되었으며 Super Bowl XX 에서 Chicago Bears 의 패배에서 중요한 역할을했습니다 . 그의 아들 RexRob 은 둘 다 당시 Buffalo Bills의 코치 였습니다 (라이언 장로가 경력 초기에 코칭 제안을 거절 한 팀). 라이언은 85 세였다. [23] [24]

기타 주목할만한 죽음

Julius Adams , Caesar Belser , John Binotto , Cary Blanchard , Ron Brace , Clarence Brooks , Fred Bruney , Rudy Bukich , Dennis Byrd , Patrick Cain , Keion Carpenter , Gail Cogdill , Bruce DeHaven , David Douglas , Robert Eddins , Kevin "Kimbo Slice" 퍼거슨 , 빌 글래스 포드 , 켄 고르 갈 , 쿠엔틴 그 로브 스 , 밥 해리슨 , 조 허거 트, 윈스턴 힐 , 그렉 호튼 , 게리 지터 , 폴 제튼 , 컬리 존슨 , 테드 카라스 , 조니 래트너 , 재키 리 , 마이크 맥코이 , 조 일행 , 테드 마치 브로 다 , 앤디 마우러 , 루 마이클스 , 로렌스 필립스 , 척 핏콕 , 프레드 퀼란 , 콘라드 로이 랜드 , 윌리 리처드슨 , 빌 로빈슨 , 브라이언 로빈슨 , 레오 루카, Rashaan Salaam , Will Smith , Bill Stanfill , Steve Thompson , Zurlon Tipton , Kevin Turner , Bill Wade , Fulton Walker , Tray Walker , Elmer Wingate , Al Wistert , John Wittenborn , George Yarno .

정규 시즌

2016 년 정규 시즌 은 2016 년 9 월 8 일 목요일부터 17 주 일정에 걸쳐 진행된 256 경기를 선보였습니다. 리그의 32 개 팀은 각각 16 경기 일정을 치렀고 각 팀은 4 주차 사이에 1 주일 씩 경기를 펼쳤습니다. –13. 슬레이트는 또한 월요일 밤에 게임을 선보였습니다 . 포함 목요일에 경기 게임이 있었다 내셔널 풋볼 리그 킥오프 게임 에서 황금 시간대 9 월 8 일, 게임 추수 감사절 . 정규 시즌은 2017 년 1 월 1 일 일요일에 16 경기의 풀 슬레이트로 끝났으며, 2010 년 부터 그랬듯이 모두 부문 내 매치업이었습니다 .

일정 공식

NFL의 현재 일정 공식에 따라 각 팀은 자신의 디비전에서 다른 세 팀을 각각 두 번 플레이했습니다. 또한 한 팀이 각 회의에서 한 부서의 4 개 팀 모두와 대결했습니다. 한 팀의 일정에서 마지막 두 경기는 두 디비전에서 이전 시즌을 마친 두 디비전에서 팀 자체 회의에 참가한 두 팀을 상대로 한 경기였습니다 (예 : 해당 디비전에서 1 위를 기록한 팀). 디비전 이전 시즌은 각 디비전에서 1 위를 차지한 컨퍼런스에서 서로 팀을 뛰었습니다. 2016 년의 사전 설정된 디비전 페어링은 다음과 같습니다.

회의 내
AFC North vs. AFC East
AFC South vs. AFC West
NFC North vs. NFC East
NFC South vs. NFC West

상호 회의
AFC 동부 vs. NFC 서부
AFC 북부 vs. NFC 동부
AFC 남부 vs. NFC 북부
AFC 서부 vs. NFC 남부

2016 년 전체 일정은 2016 년 4 월 14 일에 발표되었습니다. 2016 년 일정의 하이라이트는 다음과 같습니다.

시즌 일정 변경

  • 명예 게임의 프로 축구 회관 : 명예 게임의 시즌 전당의 2016 에디션은 사이에 포장업자 콜트 인한에서 안전하지 않은 재생 조건에 취소 된 명예 경기장의 톰 벤슨 홀 에서 캔톤, 오하이오 부적절한 사용으로 인한, 필드에 페인트를 적용하여 명예의 전당 로고 및 기타 표시를 만듭니다. [27]
  • 주 8 : 티켓 - 팔콘 게임, 원래 오후 1시 예정 ET는 , 원래 예약 한 대신에 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25분로 전환되었다 추기경 - 팬더 (두 게임, 원래 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25분을 위해 계획되었다 Fox 에있는 게임 ). [28]
  • 12 주차 : CBS 에서 원래 오후 4시 25 분 (동부 표준시)으로 예정된 The ChiefsBroncos 게임 은 원래 예정된 PatriotsJets 게임 대신 NBC의 Sunday Night Football 에서 오후 8시 30 분 (ET) 슬롯으로 조정 되었습니다. CBS에서 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25 분으로 이동했습니다. [29]
  • 주 14 : 성도 - 해적의 원래 동부 표준시 오후 1시 예정 게임, 폭스 여전히 4:25시 (동부 표준시)로 전환되었다. The BearsLions 게임은 Fox에서 CBS로 "교차 변형"되었으며, 여전히 동부 표준시 오후 1시에있었습니다. [30]
  • 15 주차 : 원래 예정된 SteelersBengals 게임 을 대신하여 원래 예약 된 The BuccaneersCowboys 게임은 원래 예정된 SteelersBengals 게임 대신 NBC의 Sunday Night Football에서 오후 1:00 ET 슬롯으로 조정 되었습니다. CBS에서 동부 표준시 오후 1 시로 이동했습니다. [31]
  • 주 16 : 해적 - 성도의 원래 폭스 오후 1 ET 예정 게임, 4:25시 (여전히 폭스) ET로 전환했다. [32]
  • 17 주차 : 원래 Fox에서 오후 1 시로 예정된 The PackersLions 게임이 NBC Sunday Night Football의 마지막 8시 30 분 경기에 선정되었으며, 이는 2 년 연속 NFC North 디비전 챔피언을 결정했습니다 . 또한, 성인의 팔콘 게임과 자이언츠 레드 스킨스의 게임은 폭스에 여전히 두 게임에 4:25시 (동부 표준시) 동부 표준시 오후 1시에서 이동되었다.

정규 시즌 순위

분할

회의

# 분할 W PCT DIV CONF 위급 신호 SOV STK
디비전 리더
1 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠 동쪽 14 2 0 .875 5 ~ 1 11–1 .439 .424 W7
2 [A] Kansas City Chiefs 서부 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9 ~ 3 .508 .479 W2
피츠버그 스틸러스 북쪽 11 5 0 .688 5 ~ 1 9 ~ 3 .494 .423 W7
4 [b] 휴스턴 텍사스 남쪽 9 7 0 .563 5 ~ 1 7 ~ 5 .502 .427 L1
와일드 카드
5 [a] 오클랜드 레이더스 서부 12 4 0 .750 3 ~ 3 9 ~ 3 .504 .443 L1
6 마이애미 돌핀스 동쪽 10 6 0 .625 4 ~ 2 7 ~ 5 .455 .341 L1
플레이 오프 자격이 없음
7 [b] [c] 테네시 타이탄 남쪽 9 7 0 .563 2 ~ 4 6 ~ 6 .465 .458 W1
8 [c] 덴버 브롱 코스 서부 9 7 0 .563 2 ~ 4 6 ~ 6 .549 .455 W1
9 [d] 볼티모어 까마귀 북쪽 8 8 0 .500 4 ~ 2 7 ~ 5 .498 .363 L2
10 [d] 인디애나 폴리스 콜츠 남쪽 8 8 0 .500 3 ~ 3 5 ~ 7 .492 .406 W1
11 버팔로 빌 동쪽 7 9 0 .438 1 ~ 5 4 ~ 8 .482 .339 L2
12 신시내티 벵갈 스 북쪽 6 9 1 .406 3 ~ 3 5 ~ 7 .521 .333 W1
13 [e] 뉴욕 제츠 동쪽 5 11 0 .313 2 ~ 4 4 ~ 8 .518 .313 W1
14 [e] 샌디에이고 충전기 서부 5 11 0 .313 1 ~ 5 4 ~ 8 .543 .513 L5
15 잭슨빌 재규어 남쪽 13 0 .188 2 ~ 4 2 ~ 10 .527 .417 L1
16 클리블랜드 브라운 북쪽 1 15 0 .063 0 ~ 6 1 ~ 11 .549 .313 L1
타이 브레이커 [f]
  1. ^ a b 캔자스 시티는 일대일 스윕을 기반으로 오클랜드를 넘어 AFC 웨스트 디비전을 차지했습니다 .
  2. ^ a b 휴스턴 은 기록 대 디비전 상대를 바탕으로 테네시를 상대로 AFC 사우스 디비전 타이틀을 차지했습니다 .
  3. ^ a b 테네시는 일대일 승리를 바탕으로 덴버보다 앞서 나갔습니다.
  4. ^ a b 볼티모어는 기록 대 회의 상대를 기준으로 인디애나 폴리스보다 앞서 마쳤다.
  5. ^ a b New York Jets는 샌디에고 기반 기록 대 일반 상대보다 앞서 마쳤습니다. Jets의 클리블랜드, 인디애나 폴리스,
    캔자스 시티 및 마이애미를 상대로 한 누적 기록은 1-4 였고 샌디에고는 같은 4 개 팀에 대한 누적 기록은 0이었습니다. –5.
  6. ^ NFL 규칙에 따라 3 개 이상의 팀의 동점을 깨면 먼저 디비전 내에서 깨고 각 디비전에서 가장 높은 순위의 나머지 팀만 비교합니다.
# 분할 W PCT DIV CONF 위급 신호 SOV STK
디비전 리더
1 달라스 카우보이 동쪽 13 0 .813 3 ~ 3 9 ~ 3 .471 .440 L1
2 애틀랜타 팔콘 남쪽 11 5 0 .688 5 ~ 1 9 ~ 3 .480 .452 W4
시애틀 시호크스 서부 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6 ~ 5 ~ 1 .441 .425 W1
4 그린 베이 패커 북쪽 10 6 0 .625 5 ~ 1 8 ~ 4 .508 .453 W6
와일드 카드
5 뉴욕 자이언츠 동쪽 11 5 0 .688 4 ~ 2 8 ~ 4 .486 .455 W1
6 [a] 디트로이트 라이온스 북쪽 9 7 0 .563 3 ~ 3 7 ~ 5 .475 .392 L3
플레이 오프 자격이 없음
7 [a] Tampa Bay Buccaneers 남쪽 9 7 0 .563 4 ~ 2 7 ~ 5 .492 .434 W1
8 워싱턴 레드 스킨스 동쪽 8 7 1 .531 3 ~ 3 6 ~ 6 .516 .430 L1
9 미네소타 바이킹 북쪽 8 8 0 .500 2 ~ 4 5 ~ 7 .492 .457 W1
10 애리조나 카디널스 서부 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6 ~ 5 ~ 1 .463 .366 W2
11 [b] 뉴 올리언스 성도 남쪽 7 9 0 .438 2 ~ 4 6 ~ 6 .523 .393 L1
12 [b] 필라델피아 이글스 동쪽 7 9 0 .438 2 ~ 4 5 ~ 7 .559 .518 W2
13 캐롤라이나 팬더 스 남쪽 6 10 0 .375 1 ~ 5 5 ~ 7 .518 .354 L2
14 로스 앤젤레스 램스 서부 4 12 0 .250 2 ~ 4 3 ~ 9 .504 .500 L7
15 시카고 베어스 북쪽 13 0 .188 2 ~ 4 3 ~ 9 .521 .396 L4
16 샌프란시스코 49ers 서부 2 14 0 .125 2 ~ 4 2 ~ 10 .504 .250 L1
타이 브레이커 [c]
  1. ^ a b 디트로이트는 6 번 시드로 탬파베이를 앞서고 기록과 일반 상대를 기준으로 마지막 플레이 오프 진출 자격을 얻었습니다. 디트로이트의
    시카고, 댈러스, 로스 앤젤레스, 뉴 올리언스와 의 누적 기록 은 3-2 였고 탬파는 같은 4 개 팀에 대한 Bay의 누적 기록은 2-3이었습니다.
  2. ^ a b 뉴 올리언스는 더 나은 기록 대 회의 상대를 기준으로 필라델피아보다 앞서 마쳤다.
  3. ^ NFL 규칙에 따라 3 개 이상의 팀의 동점을 깨면 먼저 디비전 내에서 깨고 각 디비전에서 가장 높은 순위의 나머지 팀만 비교합니다.

포스트 시즌

2016 년 플레이 오프는 2017 년 1 월 7-8 일 주말에 와일드 카드 플레이 오프 라운드로 시작되었습니다. 이 플레이 오프 게임의 우승자 4 명은 2017 년 1 월 14 일 ~ 15 일 주말에 진행된 디비전 라운드 게임의 각 컨퍼런스에서 시드를받은 상위 2 개 팀을 방문했습니다.이 게임의 우승자는 컨퍼런스 챔피언십 게임에 진출했습니다. 1 월 22 일 2017 년 온 열리는 2017 프로 보울은 최근 개조에서 열린 세계 캠핑 경기장 에서 (전 시트러스 보울 경기장) 올랜도, 플로리다 2017년 1월 29일과에 방송 ESPN . [33] 슈퍼 볼 LI는 에서 2017년 2월 5일에 개최되었다 NRG 스타디움 에서 휴스턴 폭스에.

플레이 오프 대진표

1 월 8 일 – 하인즈 필드 1 월 15 일 – 애로우 헤드 스타디움
6 마이애미 12
피츠버그 18
피츠버그 30 1 월 22 일 – 질레트 스타디움
2 캔자스시 16
AFC
1 월 7 일 – NRG 스타디움 피츠버그 17
1 월 14 일 – 질레트 스타디움
1 뉴 잉글랜드 36
5 오클랜드 14 AFC 챔피언십
4 휴스턴 16
4 휴스턴 27 2 월 5 일 – NRG 스타디움
1 뉴 잉글랜드 34
와일드 카드 플레이 오프
디비전 플레이 오프
1 월 8 일 – Lambeau Field A1 뉴 잉글랜드 34 *
1 월 15 일 – AT & T 스타디움
N2 애틀랜타 28
5 NY 자이언츠 13 슈퍼 볼 LI
4 그린 베이 34
4 그린 베이 38 1 월 22 일 – 조지아 돔
1 달라스 31
NFC
1 월 7 일 – CenturyLink Field 4 그린 베이 21
1 월 14 일 – 조지아 돔
2 애틀랜타 44
6 디트로이트 6 NFC 챔피언십
시애틀 20
시애틀 26
2 애틀랜타 36


* 연장전 승리를 나타냅니다.

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15 주차
16 주차
17 주차

포스트 시즌

디비전 라운드
  • 패트리어츠는 6 연속 AFC 챔피언십 경기에 진출하여 1973 년 부터 1977 년까지 오클랜드 레이더스를 제치고 역사상 컨퍼런스 챔피언십 경기에서 가장 연속으로 출전했습니다. [73]
  • Chris Boswell 은 Steelers가 Chiefs를 상대로 승리하는 동안 포스트 시즌에서 6 개의 필드 골을 기록했습니다. [74]
  • Dak Prescott 은 슈퍼 볼 시대의 포스트 시즌 경기에서 3 번의 터치 다운 패스를 던지는 QB를 시작한 최초의 신인 선수가되었습니다. [75]
  • Patriots' RB Dion Lewis became the first player in NFL history to score a rushing, receiving and kickoff return touchdown in a playoff game.[76]
Super Bowl LI
  • Super Bowl LI marked an NFL record seventh Super Bowl appearance for Brady and Belichick as a QB-head coach duo.[77]
  • Super Bowl LI also marked the Patriots' ninth Super Bowl appearance, breaking a record shared with the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Tom Brady's 43 pass completions, 62 pass attempts, and 466 passing yards all set new single game Super Bowl records.
  • For the first time in NFL history, the Super Bowl went into overtime.
  • After trailing 28–3, the Patriots won the game, 34–28, completing the largest comeback win in both team history and Super Bowl history.
  • The Atlanta Falcons became the first losing team in Super Bowl history to return an interception for a touchdown; teams returning an interception for a touchdown in the Super Bowl had been a perfect 12–0.[78]

Regular season statistical leaders

Individual[79]
Scoring leader Matt Bryant, Atlanta (158)
Most Field Goals Made Justin Tucker, Baltimore (38 FGs)
Touchdowns David Johnson, Arizona (20 TDs)
Rushing Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas (1,631 yards)
Passing yards Drew Brees, New Orleans (5,208 yards)
Passing touchdowns Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (67 TDs)
Passer rating Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (158.3 rating)
Pass receptions Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (107 catches)
Pass receiving yards T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis (1,448 yards)
Combined tackles Bobby Wagner, Seattle (168 tackles)
Interceptions Casey Hayward, San Diego (7)
Punting Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles (4,680 yards, 47.8 average yards)
Sacks Vic Beasley, Atlanta (15.5)

Awards

Individual season awards

The 6th Annual NFL Honors, saluting the best players and plays from 2016 season, was held at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas on February 4, 2017.[80]

Award Winner Position Team
AP Most Valuable Player Matt Ryan Quarterback Atlanta Falcons
AP Offensive Player of the Year Matt Ryan Quarterback Atlanta Falcons
AP Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack Defensive end Oakland Raiders
AP Coach of the Year Jason Garrett Head Coach Dallas Cowboys
AP Assistant Coach of the Year Kyle Shanahan Offensive coordinator Atlanta Falcons
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott Quarterback Dallas Cowboys
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Joey Bosa Defensive end San Diego Chargers
AP Comeback Player of the Year Jordy Nelson Wide receiver Green Bay Packers
Pepsi Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott[81] Quarterback Dallas Cowboys
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Larry Fitzgerald
Eli Manning
Wide receiver
Quarterback
Arizona Cardinals
New York Giants
PFWA NFL Executive of the Year Reggie McKenzie[82] General Manager Oakland Raiders
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers] Quarterback Green Bay Packers

All-Pro team

The following players were named First Team All-Pro by the Associated Press:

Offense
Quarterback Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Running back Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas
Flex David Johnson, Arizona
Wide receiver Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
Julio Jones, Atlanta
Tight end Travis Kelce, Kansas City
Left tackle Tyron Smith, Dallas
Left guard Kelechi Osemele, Oakland
Center Travis Frederick, Dallas
Right guard Zack Martin, Dallas
Right tackle Jack Conklin, Tennessee
Defense
Edge rusher Khalil Mack, Oakland
Vic Beasley, Atlanta
Interior lineman Aaron Donald, Los Angeles
Damon Harrison, New York Giants
Linebacker Von Miller, Denver
Bobby Wagner, Seattle
Sean Lee, Dallas
Cornerback Aqib Talib, Denver
Marcus Peters, Kansas City
Safety Landon Collins, New York Giants
Eric Berry, Kansas City
Special teams
Placekicker Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Punter Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles
Kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
Special teams Matthew Slater, New England

Players of the week/month

The following were named the top performers during the 2016 season:

Week/
Month
Offensive
Player of the Week/Month
Defensive
Player of the Week/Month
Special Teams
Player of the Week/Month
AFC NFC AFC NFC AFC NFC
1[83] DeAngelo Williams
(Steelers)
Jameis Winston
(Buccaneers)
Whitney Mercilus
(Texans)
Eric Kendricks
(Vikings)
Stephen Gostkowski
(Patriots)
Sam Martin
(Lions)
2[84] Ryan Fitzpatrick
(Jets)
Stefon Diggs
(Vikings)
Von Miller
(Broncos)
Marcus Cooper
(Cardinals)
Lawrence Guy
(Ravens)
Janoris Jenkins
(Giants)
3[85] Trevor Siemian
(Broncos)
Carson Wentz
(Eagles)
Marcus Peters
(Chiefs)
Everson Griffen
(Vikings)
Ryan Allen
(Patriots)
Dustin Hopkins
(Redskins)
Sept.[86] LeGarrette Blount
(Patriots)
Matt Ryan
(Falcons)
Von Miller
(Broncos)
Fletcher Cox
(Eagles)
Justin Tucker
(Ravens)
Dustin Hopkins
(Redskins)
4[87] Ben Roethlisberger
(Steelers)
Julio Jones
(Falcons)
Zach Brown
(Bills)
Aaron Donald
(Rams)
Will Fuller
(Texans)
Jon Ryan
(Seahawks)
5[88] Tom Brady
(Patriots)
David Johnson
(Cardinals)
Nickell Robey-Coleman
(Bills)
Darius Slay
(Lions)
Adam Vinatieri
(Colts)
Jamison Crowder
(Redskins)
6[89] Jay Ajayi
(Dolphins)
Odell Beckham Jr.
(Giants)
Dont'a Hightower
(Patriots)
David Irving
(Cowboys)
Drew Kaser
(Chargers)
Wil Lutz
(Saints)
7[90] Jay Ajayi
(Dolphins)
Davante Adams
(Packers)
Denzel Perryman
(Chargers)
Landon Collins
(Giants)
Marquette King
(Raiders)
Josh Huff
(Eagles)
8[91] Derek Carr
(Raiders)
Jordan Howard
(Bears)
Bradley Roby
(Broncos)
Star Lotulelei
(Panthers)
Shane Lechler
(Texans)
Wil Lutz
(Saints)
Oct.[92] Tom Brady
(Patriots)
David Johnson
(Cardinals)
Lorenzo Alexander
(Bills)
Cliff Avril
(Seahawks)
Adam Vinatieri
(Colts)
Matt Bryant
(Falcons)
9[93] Melvin Gordon
(Chargers)
Matt Ryan
(Falcons)
Khalil Mack
(Raiders)
Landon Collins
(Giants)
Jordan Todman
(Colts)
Matt Prater
(Lions)
10[94] Marcus Mariota
(Titans)
Ezekiel Elliott
(Cowboys)
Eric Berry
(Chiefs)
Kam Chancellor
(Seahawks)
Justin Simmons
(Broncos)
Johnny Hekker
(Rams)
11[95] Tom Brady
(Patriots)
Kirk Cousins
(Redskins)
Stephon Tuitt
(Steelers)
Xavier Rhodes
(Vikings)
Dan Carpenter
(Bills)
Roberto Aguayo
(Buccaneers)
12[96] Tyreek Hill
(Chiefs)
Mark Ingram
(Saints)
Khalil Mack
(Raiders)
Jason Pierre-Paul
(Giants)
Justin Tucker
(Ravens)
Matt Prater
(Lions)
Nov.[97] Marcus Mariota
(Titans)
Kirk Cousins
(Redskins)
Khalil Mack
(Raiders)
Landon Collins
(Giants)
Cairo Santos
(Chiefs)
Matt Prater
(Lions)
13[98] Andrew Luck
(Colts)
David Johnson
(Cardinals)
Eric Berry
(Chiefs)
Akiem Hicks
(Bears)
Stephen Gostkowski
(Patriots)
Matt Prater
(Lions)
14[99] Le'Veon Bell
(Steelers)
Aaron Rodgers
(Packers)
Geno Atkins
(Bengals)
Vic Beasley
(Falcons)
Tyreek Hill
(Chiefs)
Brad Wing
(Giants)
15[100] Matt Moore
(Dolphins)
Devonta Freeman
(Falcons)
Bruce Irvin
(Raiders)
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
(Packers)
Ryan Succop
(Titans)
Brad Wing
(Giants)
16[101] Jay Ajayi
(Dolphins)
Aaron Rodgers
(Packers)
Jalen Ramsey
(Jaguars)
Malcolm Jenkins
(Eagles)
Jamie Meder
(Browns)
Matt Bryant
(Falcons)
Dec.[102] Le’Veon Bell
(Steelers)
Aaron Rodgers
(Packers)
Quintin Demps
(Texans)
Vic Beasley
(Falcons)
Tyreek Hill
(Chiefs)
Johnny Hekker
(Rams)
17[103] Julian Edelman
(Patriots)
Matt Ryan
(Falcons)
Robert Mathis
(Colts)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
(Giants)
Tyreek Hill
(Chiefs)
Bryan Anger
(Buccaneers)
Week FedEx Air
Player of the Week
(Quarterbacks)[104]
FedEx Ground
Player of the Week
(Running Backs)[104]
Pepsi Next
Rookie of the Week[105]
Castrol Edge
Clutch Performer
of the Week[106]
1 Jameis Winston
(Buccaneers)
DeAngelo Williams
(Steelers)
Carson Wentz
(Eagles)
Derek Carr
(Raiders)
2 Philip Rivers
(Chargers)
Matt Forte
(Jets)
Corey Coleman
(Browns)
Marcus Mariota
(Titans)
3 Trevor Siemian
(Broncos)
LeSean McCoy
(Bills)
Carson Wentz
(Eagles)
Su'a Cravens
(Redskins)
4 Matt Ryan
(Falcons)
Ezekiel Elliott
(Cowboys)
Dak Prescott
(Cowboys)
Derek Carr
(Raiders)
5 Ben Roethlisberger
(Steelers)
Ezekiel Elliott
(Cowboys)
Carson Wentz
(Eagles)
Roberto Aguayo
(Buccaneers)
6 Drew Brees
(Saints)
Jay Ajayi
(Dolphins)
Jatavis Brown
(Chargers)
Odell Beckham Jr.
(Giants)
7 Aaron Rodgers
(Packers)
Jay Ajayi
(Dolphins)
Joey Bosa
(Chargers)
Denzel Perryman
(Chargers)
8 Derek Carr
(Raiders)
Jordan Howard
(Bears)
Dak Prescott
(Cowboys)
Derek Carr
(Raiders)
9 Drew Brees
(Saints)
Latavius Murray
(Raiders)
Dak Prescott
(Cowboys)
Melvin Gordon
(Chargers)
10 Marcus Mariota
(Titans)
DeMarco Murray
(Titans)
Ezekiel Elliott
(Cowboys)
Ezekiel Elliott
(Cowboys)
11 Kirk Cousins
(Redskins)
Rob Kelley
(Redskins)
Dak Prescott
(Cowboys)
Amari Cooper
(Raiders)
12 Drew Brees
(Saints)
Mark Ingram
(Saints)
Noah Spence
(Buccaneers)
Derek Carr
(Raiders)
13 Joe Flacco
(Ravens)
Latavius Murray
(Raiders)
Ezekiel Elliott
(Cowboys)
Khalil Mack
(Raiders)
14 Aaron Rodgers
(Packers)
Le'Veon Bell
(Steelers)
Ezekiel Elliott
(Cowboys)
Keith Tandy
(Buccaneers)
15 Matt Ryan
(Falcons)
Devonta Freeman
(Falcons)
Ezekiel Elliott
(Cowboys)
Sebastian Janikowski
(Raiders)
16 Aaron Rodgers
(Packers)
Jay Ajayi
(Dolphins)
Dak Prescott
(Cowboys)
Antonio Brown
(Steelers)
17 Matt Ryan
(Falcons)
Isaiah Crowell
(Browns)
Tyreek Hill
(Chiefs)
Mike Evans
(Buccaneers)
Month Rookie of the Month
Offensive Defensive
Sept.[107] Carson Wentz
(Eagles)
Deion Jones
(Falcons)
Oct.[108] Ezekiel Elliott
(Cowboys)
Joey Bosa
(Chargers)
Nov.[109] Dak Prescott
(Cowboys)
Noah Spence
(Buccaneers)
Dec.[110] Jordan Howard
(Bears)
Joey Bosa
(Chargers)

Head coach/front office personnel changes

Head coach

Offseason

Team 2015 head coach 2015 interim 2016 replacement Reason for leaving Notes
Cleveland Browns Mike Pettine Hue Jackson Fired Pettine compiled a record of 10–22 (.313) in two years with the Browns, finishing in last place in the AFC North both years. After putting up a promising record of 7–9 the season before, the team, marred by the actions of Johnny Manziel off the field, regressed heavily, forcing the Browns to hire their fifth head coach in eight seasons. The decision to fire Pettine came the day before the end of the regular season.[111]

On January 13, the Browns hired Jackson as their head coach. Jackson spent most of the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals and had previously served as head coach for the Oakland Raiders.[112]

Miami Dolphins Joe Philbin Dan Campbell Adam Gase Philbin compiled a record of 24–28 (.462), with no playoff appearances, in 3¼ seasons as head coach of the Dolphins. The Dolphins were expected to be contenders for a playoff position in 2015 but grossly underachieved, starting the season 1–3, which led to Philbin's firing. Philbin joined the Indianapolis Colts as offensive line coach for 2016. Campbell, the team's tight ends coach, took over for the rest of the season; following the season, he joined the New Orleans Saints as tight ends coach.[113]

On January 9, the Dolphins hired Gase as their head coach. Gase had spent the past season as the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears; at age 37, Gase became the youngest active head coach in the NFL.[114]

Philadelphia Eagles Chip Kelly Pat Shurmur Doug Pederson Kelly was released on December 29, 2015, one week prior to the end of the regular season, following the Eagles being eliminated from playoff contention. He finished with a record of 26–21 (.553) and one playoff appearance (a single loss in 2013) over almost three seasons. Heading into 2015, Kelly made several controversial roster moves as general manager that didn't pan out, leading to his firing. Offensive Coordinator (and former Cleveland Browns head coach) Pat Shurmur served as interim replacement for week 17.[115] Shurmur finished 1–0 as the Eagles head coach, and was a frontrunner in the Eagles head coaching race along with Tom Coughlin and Doug Pederson; following the season, he joined the Minnesota Vikings as tight ends coach and later offensive coordinator after the sudden resignation of Norv Turner.

On January 18, the Eagles hired Pederson as their head coach. Pederson had spent the previous three season as offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, and also was a former QB for the Eagles.[116]

San Francisco 49ers Jim Tomsula Chip Kelly Tomsula compiled a record of 5–11 (.313) in his lone full season as head coach of the 49ers.[117]

On January 14, the 49ers hired Kelly as their head coach. Kelly had spent the previous three seasons as head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.[118]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lovie Smith Dirk Koetter Smith compiled a record of 8–24 (.250), with no playoff appearances, in two years with the Buccaneers, finishing in last place in the NFC South both years.[119] Smith moved to the college ranks, becoming the head coach of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini football team.

On January 14, Koetter was promoted to head coach after serving as offensive coordinator with the team since 2015.[120]

Tennessee Titans Ken Whisenhunt Mike Mularkey Whisenhunt compiled a record of 3–20 (.130), with no playoff appearances, in 1½ seasons as head coach of the Titans. After an impressive opening day win, the Titans lost six straight, resulting in Whisenhunt's dismissal. Mularkey, the team's tight ends coach, took over as interim head coach. Mularkey's previous head coaching experience includes two seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2004–05) and one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012).[121] For 2016, Whisenhunt joined the San Diego Chargers as offensive coordinator.

On January 16, Mularkey shed the interim tag and was hired as the full-time head coach.[122]

New York Giants Tom Coughlin Ben McAdoo Resigned Coughlin compiled a record of 102–90 (.531) in 12 years with the Giants, a tenure that included three division titles, five playoff appearances (with a collective record of 8–3 in those games), and two Super Bowl wins (Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, both over the New England Patriots). Since winning Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants had missed the playoffs every year and had accrued three consecutive losing seasons immediately prior to Coughlin's resignation.[123] On January 14, McAdoo was promoted to head coach after serving as offensive coordinator with the team since 2014.[124]

In-season

Team 2016 head coach Reason for leaving Interim replacement Notes
Los Angeles Rams Jeff Fisher Fired John Fassel After receiving a two-year contract extension prior to the season, Fisher was fired after going 4–9 in the season, and 31–45–1 (.414) in his tenure in St. Louis and Los Angeles. Under his tenure, the Rams never finished better than 7–8–1 (2012) and never reached the playoffs.[125] Fassel, the son of former NFL head coach Jim Fassel, has been the Rams' special teams coach since 2012.
Jacksonville Jaguars Gus Bradley Doug Marrone Bradley was fired after four seasons and a 14–48 (.226) record with no playoff appearances.[126] Marrone, the Jaguars' offensive line coach, was previously head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2013–14.[127]
Buffalo Bills Rex Ryan Anthony Lynn Ryan was fired after two seasons and a 15–16 record with no playoff appearances. His twin brother, assistant head coach Rob Ryan, also was dismissed.[128] Lynn began the 2016 season as running backs coach, then moved up to offensive coordinator when Greg Roman was fired in week 3, then interim head coach after Ryan's dismissal.[129]

Front office

Offseason

Team Position 2015 office holder 2015 interim 2016 replacement Reason for leaving Notes
Cleveland Browns GM Ray Farmer Sashi Brown Fired The Browns released Ray Farmer after the final game of the 2015 regular season. He had been with the team for three seasons, two as general manager.[111]

As of April 2016, the Browns had not named a general manager; the duties are being filled in the interim by executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown, an attorney by trade who has served in the Browns front office since 2013.

Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew Sheldon White Bob Quinn After starting the season 1–6, the Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. One week later, after another loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, owner Martha Firestone Ford fired Mayhew and Lewand.[130]

On January 8, the Lions hired Quinn as their GM. Quinn had spent the previous 16 seasons in various positions in the front office of the New England Patriots.[131]

Team President Tom Lewand Rod Wood
Miami Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey Chris Grier The Dolphins fired GM Hickey, who had spent the past two years with the team.[132] Grier, Dolphins' director of college scouting, appointed as the new GM on January 5, 2016.[133]
Philadelphia Eagles VP- Player Personnel Ed Marynowitz Tom Donahoe Vice President of Player Personnel Ed Marynowitz was fired alongside head coach Chip Kelly on December 29, 2015. Donahoe last served as president and general manager of the Buffalo Bills from 2001 to 2005 but has largely been out of football in the ten years since his firing from that position.[115]
GM (de facto) Chip Kelly Howie Roseman Roseman, who carried the title of "executive vice president of football operations" while Kelly handled general manager duties in 2015, reverted to his previous general manager duties after Kelly's firing.[115]
Tennessee Titans GM Ruston Webster Jon Robinson The Titans released Webster the Monday following their final game of the 2015 regular season. Webster had spent the past four seasons with the team.[134]

On January 14, the Titans hired Robinson as GM. Robinson had spent the previous three seasons as Director of Player Personnel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[135]

Stadiums

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons played their 25th and final season at the Georgia Dome, with the team's new home field, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, slated to open in 2017.[136]

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings played their first season at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Construction on the team's new home field in downtown Minneapolis wrapped up at the start of the 2016 season. The new stadium is built on the site of the Vikings' former home, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which was demolished after the 2013 season.[137]

Relocation of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles

The league scheduled a vote on whether to relocate one or two of its existing franchises to the Los Angeles metropolitan area on January 12, 2016. The league set a relocation fee of $550 million for any team who is approved to relocate.[138] On January 4, three teams filed to relocate to Los Angeles: the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and the St. Louis Rams, all three of which had previously resided in the city at various points in their history.[139] Despite the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities recommending the Raiders' and Chargers' joint proposal for a stadium in Carson, California, on January 12, the league approved the Rams' proposal to relocate to Inglewood after three ballots, also giving the Chargers the option to share the Rams' stadium if they so choose. In the first two rounds of voting, Inglewood led Carson 21–11 and 20–12 respectively; by the third ballot, the Rams proposal had received effectively unanimous support from the other owners, with the final vote reaching 30–2 (the Raiders and Chargers themselves casting the lone opposing votes).[140] The Rams will play the first four seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, while their new stadium is being built in Inglewood. The Rams previously played at the Coliseum during their first stint in Los Angeles from 1946 to 1979.

Rams bid for Los Angeles

The Rams and the St. Louis CVC (Convention & Visitors Commission) began negotiating deals to get the Rams' home stadium, The Dome at America's Center (then known as Edward Jones Dome), into the top 25 percent of stadiums in the league (i.e., top eight teams of the thirty-two NFL teams in reference to luxury boxes, amenities and overall fan experience). Under the terms of the lease agreement, the St. Louis CVC was required to make modifications to the Edward Jones Dome in 2005. However, then-owner, Georgia Frontiere, waived the provision in exchange for cash that served as a penalty for the city's noncompliance. The City of St. Louis, in subsequent years, made changes to the score board and increased the natural lighting by replacing panels with windows, although the overall feel remains dark. The minor renovations which totaled about $70 million did not bring the stadium within the specifications required under the lease agreement.

On February 1, 2013, a three-person arbitral tribunal selected to preside over the arbitration process found that the Edward Jones Dome was not in the top 25% of all NFL venues as required under the terms of the lease agreement between the Rams and the CVC. The tribunal further found that the estimated $700 million in proposed renovations by the Rams was not unreasonable given the terms of the lease agreement. Finally, the city of St. Louis was ordered to pay the Rams attorneys' fees which totaled a reported $2 million.

Publicly, city, county and state officials expressed no interest in providing further funding to the Edward Jones Dome in light of those entities, as well as taxpayers, continuing to owe approximately $300 million more on that facility. As such, if a resolution could not reached by the end of the 2014–2015 NFL season and the City of St. Louis remains non-compliant in its obligations under the lease agreement, the Rams would be free to nullify their lease and relocate.

On January 31, 2014, both the Los Angeles Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased 60 acres of land adjacent to the Forum in Inglewood, California. It would be, by the most conservative estimates, sufficient land on which an NFL-sized stadium may be constructed. The purchase price was rumored to have been between US$90–100 million. Commissioner Roger Goodell represented that Kroenke informed the league of the purchase. As an NFL owner, any purchase of land in which a potential stadium could be built must be disclosed to the league. This development further fueled rumors that the Rams intended to return its management and football operations to Southern California. The land was initially targeted for a Walmart Supercenter but Walmart could not get the necessary permits to build the center. Kroenke is married to Ann Walton Kroenke who is a member of the Walton family and many of Kroenke's real estate deals have involved Walmart properties.[141][142][143] On January 5, 2015, The Los Angeles Times reported that Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and Stockbridge Capital Group were partnering up into developing a new NFL stadium on property owned by Kroenke. The project will include a stadium of up to 80,000 seats and a performance venue of 6,000 seats while reconfiguring the previously approved Hollywood Park plan for up to 890,000 square feet of retail, 780,000 square feet of office space, 2,500 new residential units, a 300-room hotel and 25 acres of public parks, playgrounds, open space and pedestrian and bicycle access. In lieu of this the city of St. Louis responded on January 9, 2015, by unveiling an outdoor, open air, riverfront stadium that could have accommodated the Rams and an MLS team with the hope that the NFL bylaws can force them to stay. On February 24, 2015, the Inglewood City Council approved the stadium and the initiative with construction on the stadium planned to begin in December 2015. On December 21, 2015, Construction was officially underway at the Hollywood Park site for the stadium. On January 4, 2016, after St. Louis finished last in per-game attendance for the 2015 season,[144] the team filed a relocation application to relocate to Los Angeles and informed the NFL about this and released a statement on their website.

On January 12, 2016, the NFL owners approved the Inglewood proposal and the Rams' relocation by a 30–2 vote; the Rams relocated almost immediately thereafter.[145]

Raiders and Chargers failed stadium bid

On February 19, 2015, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers announced plans for a privately financed $1.7 billion stadium that the two teams would build in Carson, California if they were to move to the Los Angeles market.[146] Such a move would have marked a return to the nation's second-largest market for both teams; the Raiders played in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1994 while the Chargers called LA home for their inaugural season in the American Football League. The Chargers were the only NFL team to play in Southern California at the time (until the Rams moved to Los Angeles in 2016), with San Diego being a 125-mile (201 km) distance from Los Angeles, and the Chargers counted Los Angeles as a secondary market. The Chargers have been looking to replace Qualcomm Stadium (which, like the Oakland Coliseum opened in the late 1960s) since at least 2003, and have had an annual out clause in which it can move in exchange for paying a fine to the city of San Diego for its remaining years on its lease. The Raiders, meanwhile, have been operating on year-to-year leases with Oakland Coliseum, the stadium it has shared with the Oakland Athletics for most of its time in Oakland, California, since the last long-term lease on that stadium ended in 2013.[147]

Due to both television contracts and NFL bylaws, had both of the longstanding division rivals moved to LA, one of the teams would have been required to move to the NFC West, something that Mark Davis volunteered the Raiders to be willing to do. The Raiders moving to the National Football Conference would have been considered ironic seeing that Davis's father Al Davis was a staunch opponent of the NFL during its rivalry and eventual merger with the AFL. If such a scenario happened, a current NFC West team would have taken their spot in the AFC West. The early rumor was that the Seattle Seahawks, who played in the AFC West from 1977 to 2001, would have been the favorite to have switched conferences with the Raiders. However, that team's growing rivalry with the San Francisco 49ers had pointed to either the Arizona Cardinals or the then-St. Louis Rams switching conferences to take the Raiders' spot in the AFC West. Had the Rams stayed in St. Louis, switching them to the AFC would have allowed for a yearly home-and-home with the cross-state Kansas City Chiefs.[148] As a portion of the Rams' 2016 schedule was already set because of their International Series appearance, the league could not realign until at least 2017.

On October 23, 2015, Mark Fabiani, Chargers spokesperson confirmed that the team planned to officially notify the NFL about its intentions to relocate to Los Angeles in January during the timetable when teams can request to relocate.[149] On January 4, 2016, both teams filed relocation applications for relocation to Los Angeles. On January 12, 2016, the NFL voted to allow the Rams move to Los Angeles and the Inglewood proposal, effectively rejecting and killing the Carson proposal. The Chargers were then given the option to join the Rams in Inglewood in 2016, with the Raiders having the option in 2017 if the Chargers declined; the Chargers announced on January 29 that they would remain in San Diego for the 2016 season as negotiations continued, but that if negotiations ultimately failed, they had reached an agreement in principle with the Rams to join them in Los Angeles once the Inglewood stadium is complete.[150] The Raiders reached an agreement on another one-year lease extension with Oakland Coliseum on February 11, 2016, keeping the team in Oakland for one more season.

The Raiders, having previously explored San Antonio, Texas as a potential relocation site in 2014, moved on to other potential relocation sites after the rejection of the Carson proposal, focusing on a stadium plan in the vicinity of Las Vegas, Nevada. On August 25, 2016, the Raiders applied for a trademark for the "Las Vegas Raiders" and unveiled artist renditions of the proposed Las Vegas stadium, given the tentative title "Raiders Stadium."[151]

Naming rights agreements

Buffalo Bills

On August 13, the Buffalo Bills and Pegula Sports and Entertainment reached an agreement to sell the naming rights to their stadium to the locally based New Era Cap Company, a major headwear supplier to all of the major North American sports leagues. The stadium had previously been known as Rich Stadium from its opening in 1973, then as Ralph Wilson Stadium since 1998. The sale of naming rights came as somewhat of a surprise, as previous owner Ralph Wilson was firmly against selling the naming rights to the stadium and there were few companies in Western New York believed to have the money to pay the naming rights fee for an NFL stadium.[152]

Miami Dolphins

Canadian-based financial services company Sun Life Financial had held the naming rights to the Miami Dolphins' stadium since 2010, a deal which expired in the offseason. The team already announced that it was not going to renew the license.[153] On August 16, 2016, it was reported that Hard Rock Cafe purchased the naming rights to the stadium, with the venue to be renamed Hard Rock Stadium.[154]

Oakland Raiders

On April 2, the O.co Coliseum, home of the Oakland Raiders, reverted to its previous identity as the Oakland Alameda Coliseum. Online retailer Overstock.com held the naming rights to the Raiders' home field since 2011,[155] but opted out of the naming rights agreement, though it will continue to maintain its corporate sponsorship with the Athletics. The Raiders' home field has undergone numerous name changes in its history, including Network Associates Coliseum (1998–2004) and McAfee Coliseum (2004–2008).[156]

Field surface changes

Baltimore Ravens

On December 2, 2015, the Baltimore Ravens announced a change in the surface at M&T Bank Stadium from their previous Shaw Sportexe Momentum 51 artificial turf to natural Bermuda grass for the first time since the 2001 season, by player preference for a natural surface.[157] The field was replaced beginning on February 4, 2016, timed to be installed by the start of the Johns Hopkins lacrosse season.[158]

New uniforms and patches

After a trial run in 2015, the NFL Color Rush program returned for 2016 with all 32 NFL teams required to participate.[159] To prevent issues with color blindness from the previous season, the NFL is scheduled match-ups and where color blindness would not be an issue. The Color Rush games were during the Thursday Night Football contests.[160]

  • The San Francisco 49ers wore a patch to commemorate their 70th season.[161]
  • The New Orleans Saints wore a patch to commemorate their 50th season.[162]
  • The New York Giants wore white pants instead of gray for their primary home jerseys.[163]
  • The Los Angeles Rams joined the handful of teams (such as the Cowboys and the Dolphins) that primarily wear their white jerseys at home. The change comes as a nod to the team's Fearsome Foursome era (they will play in the same stadium as those teams) and to accommodate the warmer climate of Los Angeles. The uniform itself will remain the same as it was in the last years in St. Louis.[164]
  • The Miami Dolphins wore aqua for some of their home games in 2016 that include daytime.[165]
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers retired their 1934 throwback uniforms after the 2016 season. The Steelers wore them for the last time on October 9, 2016 against the New York Jets.[166]
  • The Atlanta Falcons wore 1966 throwback uniforms against the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers. The throwback uniforms are an altered version of the ones used from 2009–2012.[167]
  • The Washington Redskins wore burgundy pants with their white jerseys[168] and temporarily place gray facemasks on their helmets when wearing the 1937 throwback uniforms.

Media

Broadcast rights

This was the third season under broadcast contracts with ESPN, CBS, Fox, and NBC. This includes "cross-flexing" (switching) Sunday afternoon games between CBS and Fox before or during the season (regardless of the conference of the visiting team). NBC will continue to air Sunday Night Football, the annual Kickoff game, and the primetime Thanksgiving game. ESPN will continue airing Monday Night Football and the Pro Bowl. Fox will serve as the broadcaster of Super Bowl LI.

Flexible scheduling

A change to the flexible scheduling rule takes effect for the 2016 season: in week 17, any game can be flexed into Sunday Night Football, regardless of how many times a team had been featured on a primetime game that season. This change can, theoretically, allow a game with playoff implications in the final week of the season to be moved to primetime for greater prominence.[169] As in 2015, the NFL will continue the "suspension" of its blackout policy, meaning that all games will be broadcast in their home markets regardless of ticket sales; Goodell stated that the league needed to continue investigating the impact of removing the blackout rules before such a change is made permanent.[170]

Thursday Night Football

The league's contract with CBS for Thursday Night Football expired after the 2015 season and was placed back up for bids.[171] On February 1, 2016, the NFL announced that Thursday Night Football would be shared between CBS, NBC, and NFL Network for the 2016 season. CBS and NBC will each air five games, which will be simulcast by NFL Network, along with an additional eight games exclusively on NFL Network, the production of which will be split between the two networks. Commissioner Roger Goodell that the league was "thrilled to add NBC to the Thursday Night Football mix, a trusted partner with a proven track record of success broadcasting NFL football in primetime, and look forward to expanding with a digital partner for what will be a unique tri-cast on broadcast, cable and digital platforms."[172] On April 5, 2016, it was announced that Twitter had acquired non-exclusive worldwide digital streaming rights to the 10 broadcast television TNF games, including to mobile devices (this is the first time any NFL games have been made available to mobile devices not subscribed to Verizon Wireless, whose NFL Mobile app holds exclusive rights to all other games). This partnership will also include content for Twitter's live streaming service Periscope, such as behind-the-scenes access.[173]

Internet streaming for International Series

After 2015's Bills–Jaguars International Series contest was a modest success, the league was initially expected to make all three of the 2016 London games exclusive to the Internet. Yahoo! Screen, which carried the 2015 contest, shut down in January 2016;[174] the bidders on the three games (which may or may not go to the same broadcaster) included YouTube and Apple TV, both of which bid on the 2015 game but were passed up in favor of Yahoo!'s bid.[175] Ultimately, the league decided not to make the International Series games Web-exclusive, instead focusing its efforts on the Thursday Night Football partnership with Twitter.[176]

Personnel changes

Mike Tirico, the lead play-by-play announcer for Monday Night Football, announced his departure from ESPN on May 9, 2016; he joins NBC, where he was originally designated to lead the network's broadcast team for Thursday Night Football telecasts. Replacing Tirico on MNF is Sean McDonough.[177] The move was initially reported in April but not confirmed until the next month.[178] However, shortly before the start of the regular season, the league exercised a clause in its television contract with NBC demanding that any broadcast team that calls Sunday Night Football also call Thursday Night Football as well, effectively forcing Al Michaels to call both packages unless he and Tirico also split Sundays (this was the scenario that was ultimately chosen; on most weeks when Michaels calls a Thursday game, Tirico will call Sundays).[179] This is also the final season Chris Berman serves as a studio analyst for ESPN's NFL programming; Berman has been with ESPN since the network's inception in 1979.[180] This would also end up being Phil Simms' last season as lead color commentator for the NFL on CBS. Tony Romo, who would retire at the end of this season, would replace Simms as lead color commentator on CBS. Simms will join The NFL Today next season. This would also lead to Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott, leaving The NFL Today. Gonzalez will now be on Fox NFL Kickoff. Replacing Gonzalez and Scott will be Simms and Nate Burleson, who comes over from NFL Network's football morning talk show, Good Morning Football, although he will remain with the show. This would also be the last season for Solomon Wilcots at CBS. James Lofton from Westwood One, will replace Wilcots next season. Meanwhile, at Fox, this would be the last season for John Lynch, who would leave to be the next general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. Replacing Lynch next season, would be Charles Davis who would move up from the #4 team at Fox to join Kevin Burkhardt at the end of this season.

Television viewers and ratings

Most watched regular season games

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV rating [181] Window Significance
1 November 24, 4:30 ET Washington Redskins 26 Dallas Cowboys 31 Fox 35.1 14.5 Thanksgiving Cowboys–Redskins Rivalry
2 November 13, 4:25 ET Dallas Cowboys 35 Pittsburgh Steelers 30 28.9 16.4 Late DH[a] Cowboys–Steelers Rivalry
3 October 16, 4:25 ET Dallas Cowboys 30 Green Bay Packers 16 28.0 15.8 Late DH[b] Cowboys-Packers Rivalry
4 November 24, 12:30 ET Minnesota Vikings 13 Detroit Lions 16 CBS 27.6 13.0 Thanksgiving Lions–Vikings Rivalry
5 September 11, 4:25 ET New York Giants 20 Dallas Cowboys 19 Fox 27.5 15.5 Late DH[c] Cowboys–Giants Rivalry
6 December 11, 8:30 ET Dallas Cowboys 7 New York Giants 10 NBC 26.5 14.9 SNF Cowboys–Giants Rivalry
7 December 4, 4:25 ET New York Giants 14 Pittsburgh Steelers 24 Fox 25.4 14.6 Late DH[d]
8 September 8, 8:30 ET Carolina Panthers 20 Denver Broncos 21 NBC 25.2 14.6 Kickoff Game Super Bowl 50 Rematch
9 December 11, 4:25 ET Seattle Seahawks 10 Green Bay Packers 38 Fox 25.2 14.4 Late DH[e]
10 December 18, 4:25 ET New England Patriots 16 Denver Broncos 3 CBS 25.0 14.2 Late DH[f] AFC Championship Rematch

*Note — Late DH matchups listed in table are the matchups that were shown to the largest percentage of the market.

  1. ^ DAL/PIT was shown in 92% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  2. ^ DAL/GB was shown in 86% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  3. ^ NYG/DAL was shown in 90% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  4. ^ NYG/PIT was shown in 85% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  5. ^ SEA/GB was shown in 67% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  6. ^ NE/DEN was shown in 83% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.

Notes

  1. ^ The Oilers received approval to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee in 1997, but elected to play at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis for one season while the Nashville venue now known as Nissan Stadium was under construction.

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