Texans owner wants 18-game season

Updated: August 27, 2010, 12:58 PM ET
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HOUSTON -- Houston Texans owner Bob McNair wants to see the NFL expand its regular-season schedule from 16 to 18 games.

Talks on expanding the season gained momentum at the owners' meeting in Atlanta on Wednesday, though the owners held off on voting for a specific proposal that could be presented to the players union.

McNair says moving to an 18-game regular season "makes sense," while acknowledging that several issues still have to be worked out.

"I think we can figure out a way to make it work, and everybody will be happy," McNair said on Thursday night, before he was inducted into this city's Hall of Fame.

Players have raised concerns about the added grind of two more games on top of an already demanding schedule. McNair said the owners have studied injury rates and will seek feedback from players before moving forward with a plan.

Former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, who was a guest on "Galloway & Co." on ESPN Radio 103.3 on Thursday, said he would have been all for 18 games if he still were coaching.

"I would have preferred to have an 18-game regular-season schedule and no preseason games," Johnson said. "I hated preseason. Really, people say that you need four preseason games. That's ridiculous! That fourth game, they don't even play anybody and really that first one, they only play a series."

Another sticking point, McNair said, is when to start and end the season.

"It's difficult, if you try to start before Labor Day, because so many people are still out on vacation, and so it's hard to get a good crowd," McNair said. "And then up north, if you extend the season, you get into bad weather there.

"There are a few problems, as it relates to the schedule and the weather and that sort of thing. We'll just have to work through that, and we can always adjust later on, too."

McNair is confident that an 18-game schedule will be in place by the 2012 season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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