in the North be in the North divisions Mel Blount Jersey , etc. what would it look like?" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBehind the Steel Curtaina Pittsburgh Steelers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsSteelersOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsFiled under:Latest NewsFeatures and Long FormWhat would the NFL look like if they re-aligned by geographical location?New,37commentsIf the NFL actually had the teams in the North be in the North divisions, etc. what would it look like?EDTShareTweetShareShareWhat would the NFL look like if they re-aligned by geographical location?Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsIf you have followed the NFL for any duration of time, you know the way they broke up all 32 teams. Four divisions per conference, four teams per division. Simple math, but the one thing which always got me was how some of the teams don’t seem to be in the right division.For instance, why are the New England Patriots not in the AFC North? Instead, they are in the AFC East. Thinking about this I thought it would be fun to look at the divisions and see what they would look like if they were to re-align, but by geographical location.Just to clarify Troy Polamalu Jersey , I decided not to move any teams from their current conference, just looking at divisional alignment. Every division has at least one new team in it except for the NFC West considering all four of those teams are predominantly on the western portion of the country compared to the other teams who could be moved.Let’s see how this shakes out...AFC NorthCurrent:Pittsburgh SteelersBaltimore RavensCleveland BrownsCincinnati BengalsNew:New England PatriotsBuffalo BillsPittsburgh SteelersCleveland BrownsAFC EastCurrent:New England PatriotsNew York JetsBuffalo BillsMiami DolphinsNew:Baltimore RavensCincinnati BengalsNew York JetsTennessee TitansAFC SouthCurrent:Indianapolis ColtsJacksonville JaguarsTennessee TitansHouston TexansNew:Jacksonville JaguarsMiami DolphinsHouston TexansKansas City ChiefsAFC WestCurrent:Kansas City ChiefsOakland RaidersLos Angeles ChargersDenver BroncosNew:Indianapolis ColtsOakland RaidersLos Angeles ChargersDenver BroncosNFC NorthCurrent:Minnesota VikingsGreen Bay PackersDetroit LionsChicago BearsNew:Minnesota VikingsGreen Bay PackersDetroit LionsNew York GiantsNFC EastCurrent:Dallas CowboysPhiladelphia EaglesWashington RedskinsNew York GiantsNew:Philadelphia EaglesWashington RedskinsCarolina PanthersChicago BearsNFC SouthCurrent:New Orleans SaintsCarolina PanthersAtlanta FalconsTampa Bay BuccaneersNew:New Orleans SaintsDallas CowboysAtlanta FalconsTampa Bay BuccaneersNFC WestCurrent:Arizona CardinalsLos Angeles RamsSeattle SeahawksSan Francisco 49ersNew:Division would remain the same with almost all teams geographically in the west.So, what do you think of these re-aligned divisions? Would you be on board? Are there other changes you would make? Let us know in the comment section below! The Pittsburgh Steelers stressed all summer the need to avoid the kind of off-the-field distractions they couldn’t seem to shake in 2017.So much for that.While the two-time defending AFC North champions hit the practice field on Monday to prepare for their Week 1 opener in Cleveland, All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell was nowhere to be found. Bell still hasn’t signed his one-year franchise tender or given any indication on when he might show up, leaving his teammates to answer for him.“I’m not annoyed by (being asked about) it,” guard Ramon Foster said, tongue firmly in cheek. “Who are you talking about? I didn’t even notice.”Center Maurkice Pouncey called Bell’s absence “fine” and insisted it won’t be an issue going forward.“The team is so locked in and focused on what we’ve got to do at hand this weekend that whenever he comes, we’ll welcome him with open arms,” Pouncey said. “Hopefully he’s in shape and ready to run the football.”A year ago Bell skipped training camp Carnell Lake Jersey , showed up on Labor Day and was ready to play in the opener, though he and the entire offense looked sluggish in narrow 21-18 victory over the Browns. Bell finished with 32 yards on 10 carries in Cleveland and didn’t really get rolling until October.“I think the whole offense started out kind of slow last year,” Pouncey said. “To point out one thing at one person because he wasn’t here (for camp) is totally wrong.”Bell recovered in time to lead the NFL with 406 touches and likely would have won the league rushing title if he wasn’t held out of a meaningless finale with Pittsburgh’s playoff position already secure.The Steelers placed the franchise tag on him for a second straight spring hoping a long-term deal could be worked out. When the two sides failed to reach an agreement by the July 17th deadline, Bell offered an apology while promising that “2018 will be my best season to date.”At the moment, it’s a season that currently lacks a starting point.21<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Dallas Cowboys: Celebrities who root for the Cowboys from LeBron James to Stone Cold Steve AustinUSA TODAY SportsThe players are off Tuesday, meaning Bell would have just three days of practice to get ready for the Browns if he signed his $14.5 million tender before the team took the field on Wednesday. That’s not a lot of time regardless of Bell’s pedigree.Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team was “disappointed” in Bell’s late arrival, but will focus on preparing for Cleveland with the 53 men currently on the roster.If Bell is not available, the Steelers will turn to second-year running back James Conner. The former Pitt star ran for 100 yards during limited action in the preseason and has won raves from his teammates for his improvement as both a blocker and a receiver.“I feel like James has been in a great spot this entire camp,” Foster said. “He’s the one that’s taken all the reps. And we’ve got (Stevan) Ridley who is an experienced hard downfield runner too. We’ll be fine in the run game and focus on those guys over there.”While Bell is missing Jerome Bettis Jersey , Josh Dobbs is still around. The second-year quarterback capped a stellar training camp by edging veteran Landry Jones for the right to be Ben Roethlisberger‘s backup.Dobbs, who threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the exhibition finaleagainst Carolina, said he wasn’t sure he made the team until offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner called him just minutes before rosters were trimmed from 90 to 53.“I thought I played well when my opportunities came,” Dobbs said. “I didn’t know how it was going to shake out but I felt we prepared well and played well. We’ve just got to continue to improve moving forward.”Rookie Mason Rudolph will be the third-stringer for now behind Dobbs and the 36-year-old Roethlisberger, who has been remarkably durable in recent seasons. Roethlisberger has missed just five games because of injury since the start of 2013.NOTES: The team selected Roethlisberger, Pouncey, defensive end Cam Heyward and kicker Chris Boswell as captains for the 2018 season. … Pittsburgh re-signed S Nat Berhe on Monday and placed LB Ola Adeniyi on injured reserve.
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