PFT has had a number of articles over the past week as NFL Europe has gone the way of many other leagues...Ron Del Duca wrote an artivle about that 4 years ago with an interesting proposal.. http://www.profootballtalk.com/minorleague.htm in fact it's really a thought that many NFL execs might be able to finally implement. I like the idea of minor league football...and having 15 players from each team would really help the situation. Playing in teh fall also would NOT interfere with the off season programs and having games in the fall would mean the players would still be available if needed by the parent club. I do like this idea...however, I do NOT like the possibility of existing leagues filling that vacuum. The AFL seems to be positioning itself for that, but the play is so different, it's totally NOT the same in anyway. No D or really running the ball..so?? Interesting but HARDLY a minor league. Same with the AAFL. I truly believe teh NFL has to make it closer to the NFL in rules and staff the teacm the people who wish to develop the players and who are not at all affiliated with the NFL teams. I am sure this could be done...certainly is needed..THIS time it may happen for real!!