The Los Angeles Jaguars or Bills

It has been known for a while know that the city of Los Angeles was trying to get an NFL team again. According to this article the two teams at the top of the list are the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. This is no surprise of course but it did make me wonder, how will the divisions be realigned if this happens? The reason this is such a big question is because no matter which one of these two teams ended up making the move they would be going from super far east in the U.S. to the west coast. Now, a little while back I put up a post about the most fuel efficient division alignment trying to show how much the NFL it’s teams could save on transportation costs. This will be different however because I will take into account trying to make the divisions “fair” and won’t switch up the conferences, so the NFC won’t be touched at all.

Let’s start with the Jaguars, because I see them being the most likely team to get moved out to California.

In this scenario, I see two likely options. If the NFL chooses to adjust the divisions as little as possible they will probably just switch the Chiefs and the Jaguars. The Chiefs would then join the AFC South with the Colts, Texans and Titans while the Jaguars would join the AFC West with the Broncos, Chargers and Raiders. This would prevent the AFC South from being spread across all four time zones in the continental United States and would also make it so the AFC West would only be in two instead of three.

If the NFL decided that while they were at it they might as well shake up the other two divisions then it would make a whole lot of sense to switch the Ravens and the Bills. This is because Buffalo is very close to Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and Cincinnati is a closer for the Bills as well. The Ravens are just as close to the Jets as they are the Steelers and are just as close to the patriots as they are the Browns, and while they’re no where near the Dolphins, they are definitely a heck of a lot closer than the Bills. On top of that it helps even out the divisions. The AFC North would then have the the Bengals, Bills, Browns and Steelers, while the AFC East would have the Dolphins, Jets, patriots and Ravens.

Now if the Bills move to Los Angeles it would mix things up a bit more because there is no simple solution for simply swapping to teams, like with the Chiefs and Jaguars in the previous situation. I would say that the most basic of readjustments though would be for the Bills to be in the AFC West, the Chiefs to be in the AFC South and the Jaguars to be in the AFC East and then leave the AFC North untouched. In this situation the AFC West would contain the Bills, Broncos, Chargers, and Raiders. The AFC South would have the Chiefs, Colts, Texans and Titans. The AFC East would be the Dolphins, Jaguars, Jets and patriots. As I said before the AFC North would stay the same with the Bengals, Browns, Ravens and Steelers.

This is an option that probably makes a little more sense geographically but is definitely more complicated in terms of total number of teams that would be switching divisions. It would be to have the Bills still move to the AFC West, but have the Chiefs join the AFC North, along with the Colts. The Dolphins would then shift to the AFC South and the Steelers and Ravens would move to the AFC East. This would still leave the AFC West with the Bills, Broncos, Chargers, and Raiders. The AFC South would have the Dolphins, Jaguars, Texans and Titans. The AFC North would be the Bengals, Browns, Chiefs and Colts. And the AFC East would contain the Jets, patriots, Ravens and Steelers.

This gives us four total possibilities, two with the Jags moving to L.A. and two with the Bills moving to L.A. Here is a recap of the four divisional layouts.

For if the Jaguars go to Los Angeles:

Option 1a
Option 1b
AFC North AFC South AFC East AFC West
AFC North AFC South AFC East AFC West
Bengals Chiefs Bills Broncos
Bengals Chiefs Dolphins Broncos
Browns Colts Dolphins Chargers
Bills Colts Jets Chargers
Ravens Texans Jets Jaguars
Browns Texans Patriots Jaguars
Steelers Titans Patriots Raiders
Steelers Titans Ravens Raiders

And if the Bills move to Los Angeles:

Option 2a
Option 2b
AFC North AFC South AFC East AFC West
AFC North AFC South AFC East AFC West
Bengals Chiefs Dolphins Bills
Bengals Dolphins Jets Bills
Browns Colts Jaguars Broncos
Browns Jaguars Patriots Broncos
Ravens Texans Jets Chargers
Chiefs Texans Ravens Chargers
Steelers Titans Patriots Raiders
Colts Titans Steelers Raiders

Let me know which of the scenarios you think is the best in the comments and by voting below.

Option 1a Option 1b
AFC North AFC South AFC East AFC West AFC North AFC South AFC East AFC West
Bengals Chiefs Bills Broncos Bengals Chiefs Dolphins Broncos
Browns Colts Dolphins Chargers Bills Colts Jets Chargers
Ravens Texans Jets Jaguars Browns Texans Patriots Jaguars
Steelers Titans Patriots Raiders Steelers Titans Ravens Raiders
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8 Responses

  1. colts 18

    Before the Jags even think about relocating don’t you think that they ought to have a worthwhile product on the field ? Hell if you think that by simply moving across the country that’ll improve their fortune then you’d better rethink this whole thing.

    Del Rio is being one last chance but in all honesty Wayne Weaver should’ve let him go ! He just has been cuttin’ it with all the underachieving over the last couple of years.

    :)

    if USC weren’t even interested in from the get-go I doubt anyone else will be at all !

    Alan Parkins

    • I see what you’re saying, but that’s not why they’d be moving. It’s because there is no fan base in Jacksonville. Thus there are no ticket sales and they’d make more money by moving to LA. It’s not a move for the play on the field is a move for the business behind it.

  2. colts 18

    And what makes you think that by even relocating to the LA market that’ll be enough of fan incentive for fans to even come and see the Jaguars ? If they don’t even come out and even see the Raiders in large numbers. There’s no reason to believe it’ll be the same for the Jaguars in a new guise. That’s not sound thinking by any stretch of the imagination at all.

    Weaver needs to refocus into getting a good manager and putting together that’s competitive. That’s the way you lure the fans to a team and not with ‘pie in the sky’ notions of relocating. In the end that sort of sentiment loses the goodwill of any prospective fan if the product isn’t good to begin with.

    Alan Parkins :)

    • First off Wayne Weaver would no longer be the owner in this scenario. Ed Roski would be the owner. Also, the Raiders is a horrible example. It was 1994 that LA last had an NFL team, that is no where near recent enough to judge if a city would be a good market for a team. That’s just ludicrous. So you’re off your rocker if you think I’m the one without sound thinking.

      Also at any point did I say this was my idea? No. So if you would like, I can dig up numerous articles about the Jaguars (or another team) potentially moving to LA to prove that it’s not a “pie in the sky” idea.

      Start by reading the link below (and the rest of the site) as well as watching the videos on the page.

      http://www.losangelesfootballstadium.com/news#post144

  3. colts 18

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  4. colts 18
    First off Ed Roski is merely a developer and isn’t looking to buy a team , just merely luring one there in the greater LA area. It’s his intent to build a venue in the city of Industry, California and that’s it.

    Weaver has no intention of selling the team at all and he’s made it clear from the very start. I’d done an in depth article on this and had chappy 81 of doin-work.com confirm in detail the facts I laid out on it. Roski has approached the likes of Alex Spanos the Chargers’ owner and several others around the NFL in the last 18 months or more.

    Alan Parkins

    • Of course he won’t openly admit he’s willing to sell the team. Then he REALLY wouldn’t be able to sell tickets because the fans would feel betrayed and if things fell through and they ended up not moving to LA he’d be stuck between a rock and a hard place.

  5. colts 18

    What is it about the statement that he’s not selling the team that you don’t understand ? He’s stated it categorically and even if he wanted to he’d have to sell it an extreme loss as it is.

    There’s no one dumb enough to buy an NFL franchise at this time even though the NFL hierarchy would like to see a franchise in LA. It’d be economic suicide to begin with. The state itself faces a huge deficit and the legislature there make the members of Congress seem like geniuses. Never mind the complete ineptitude shown by Schwarzeneggar as governor.

    Alan Parkins

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