The 7 Best Ideas Gone Bad in NFL History

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The 7 Best Ideas Gone Bad in NFL History
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"The road to hell is paved with good intentions." (St. Bernard of Clairvaux)

Good intentions, good ideas—same general principles, right?

The NFL has come up with a ton of great ideas that you see in practice today. Moving the goalposts back? Great idea. Lengthening the season from 14 games to 16? Outstanding (but don't push it by expanding it to 18 games; that's not a great idea).

Adding the two-point conversion? Excellent—now eight-point deficits can be made up in one possession instead of two, and they make two-minute drills that much more interesting.

Merging with the AFL and creating the Super Bowl? Probably the best idea in North American sports history. 

But not all good or great ideas pay off. Sometimes they turn into absolute stinkers. 

That's the trial and error factor that accompanies any idea. Some ideas turn into gold—others wind up D.O.A. 

We're going to be discussing the latter in this piece. 

The NFL has come up with many great ideas that seemed fine in theory but in practice would turn out to be disasters. 

Let's take a look at seven such ideas.

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