For those of us who've been around for awhile, we all heard the same thing when the league went from 12 to 14 games and from 14 to 16 games. It's not a new argument, it's the new technology and the new awareness that is bringing information on injuries to the forefront.
And, as Uptown stated, the same players who are complaining about playing 2 more games will be the same ones bitching about not being able to rip someone's head off.
Look, the owners are not going to plunk down an 18-game schedule without other considerations. There are several associated clauses that will be in the new CBA to help teams with an 18-game schedule. Additional roster spots, additional practice squad players, probably a second bye week, reducing the number of contact drills during training camp and OTAs, additional compensation, etc. Trust me, once the players realize they're going to get paid more for those 2 additional games, the whining will stop.
Exactly. These punks just don't want to work two more games. Like you said this thing started out with 12 games, we went to 16 just fine. More injuries? Well don't keep trying to take other players heads off with cheap shots and that won't be an issue. One thing I do think that needs to be reduced is offseason work. You can't work a body 12 months out of a year the way they do and expect it to last. Back off the OTA's and it will all even out.