Okay, try this: What if, at the end of the NFL season, the worst team in the league didn’t get the #1 draft pick and a Participation medal that said, “Better luck next time?” What if you took the three worst teams (Carolina, Denver and Arizona, for example) and banished them to a lower league where the crowds were smaller, the TV money was nonexistent, and high-priced free agents wouldn’t want anything to do with you even if you could pay them? The losers would be replaced by the three best teams from that lower league (Tuscon, Des Moines and Albany, for argument’s sake), and the losers would only get back to the NFL if they actually made the changes they needed to be a good team again.
Work for you? That’s the way it works in the Barclay’s English Premiership, Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1, and other fuβbol leagues around the world. It’s not “Go Big, or Go Home.” It’s “Go Big, or You’re Gone!” If the NFL worked that way, Al Davis would be a vague memory.