OK, so we're in the middle of the desert of the football offseason. When deprived, the human mind tends to conjure up fantasties to compensate. So here is mine: 52 weeks per year of legitimate NFL football that counts! Is this a real plan? No, of course not. Is it workable? Probably not, for a million reasons. But that's what they said about sailing across the oceans, or going to the moon, too! So think of it as a fantasy, or a first draft, or whatever. Anyway, here is my plan: Each NFL season will be 52 weeks long and will be comprised of 3 16 week phases (designated A, B and C) and will play a game each week, plus 4 weeks of playoffs. The divisional structure and playoff qualification rules are the same as we have today, except the regular season is 48 weeks long, and each phase's division winners will be awarded the equivalent of an extra win when it comes to playoff qualifying and seeding. Each team will be allowed a 53 man roster for each regular season phase and no player may participate in more than 18 total regular season games or during more than 2 phases. Injured reserve rules will be modified so that a player who is placed on injured reserve can be restored to the roster after 20 weeks, or when the playoffs begin. Will this dilute the talent level? Of course, but it will also make for some interesting strategic decisions as teams will try to manipulate their rosters to have their best squad available for the stretch run and playoffs. Playoff talent should not be diluted at all. OK, like I said, it's a fantasy. But oh what a fantasy!