If Commissioner Roger Goodell gets his way, change could be coming to the NFL.
Adding playoff teams. Monitoring instant replay from league headquarters. Possibly creating a set of guidelines to prevent locker-room bullying.
Short on details and acknowledging he'll need approval from team owners for action, Goodell painted the picture of an ever-evolving league during his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference, held Friday in midtown Manhattan, N.Y.
Goodell said "there's a lot of benefits" to increasing the postseason field from 12 to 14 clubs.
"We can make the league more competitive. We can make the matchups more competitive toward the end of the season. There will be more excitement, more memorable moments for our fans," Goodell said.
Making a not-so-subtle reference to mistakes by game officials this season, Goodell said the Competition Committee will make recommendations to the 32 owners about having replays from all games overseen by the league office.
Major League Baseball recently joined the NHL as sports that have centralized replay systems.
"There's plenty of room for us to improve the game of football, and officiating in particular. What we all want is consistency and fairness in our officiating," Goodell said.
Another focal point, according to Goodell, will be preventing the kind of alleged bullying that rocked the Miami Dolphins this season.
"I've discussed it with the union, I've also met with several groups of players. What needs to be done?" Goodell said. "Some of it will be education. Some of it possibly could be policy change."
Goodell also said the league will evaluate the possibility of future cold-weather Super Bowls.
Broncos: After putting his team through its final full practice of the season, coach John Fox declared his team ready to go. The Broncos used the indoor field at the New York Jets practice facility for their 90-minute practice after Fox determined the outdoor synthetic field was too hard.
Fox did use the outdoor field for the 30-minute walk-through before the practice, allowing for more exposure to the type of wintry elements that could be in play Sunday night at MetLife Stadium. Defensive tackle Sione Fua (calf injury) was the only nonparticipant in practice. He's listed as doubtful. "I feel good about where we are," Fox said.
Seahawks: With all hands healthy, Seattle held its final practice for the Super Bowl. The team practiced for 77 minutes at the New York Giants' facility, opening the five doors at the Quest Diagnostics Center to simulate the mid-30s temperatures expected Sunday. "Now, we wait," coach Pete Carroll said.
"I'm pretty sure you're all familiar with what's been going on about the media and about that action," Oakland native Lynch said. " ... Off the field is what I say I identify with ... the football camp sponsored about 800 kids, giving them free clothes, free shoes and free access to a lot of things they wouldn't be able to get without the help from us."
Super Bowl tidbits: So much for that frigid Super Bowl. The high Sunday is expected to be 49, with the temperature dipping into the 30s after nightfall. There is an increasing chance of rain and snow in the evening -- about 30 percent.
Rams: A company tied to St. Louis owner Stan Kroenke has purchased land in Inglewood, prompting speculation the franchise could return to Southern California. Team officials confirmed the purchase of the 60-acre site adjacent to the shuttered Hollywood Park racetrack.
The L.A. area has lacked an NFL team since the Raiders and Rams both left after the 1994 season. The Rams have a 30-year lease in St. Louis that they can break after the 2014 season -- a decade early -- if the Edward Jones Dome isn't among the top quarter of the 32 NFL stadiums, based on various criteria. The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, which manages the dome, last year offered a $124 million improvement, but the Rams countered with a plan that would have cost $700 million.
More on Hernandez: Former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez used "coded messages" to communicate about his murder case in jailhouse phone calls, Massachusetts prosecutors said in a request for access to recordings of his calls. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the killing of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez's next hearing date is Wednesday.
SUPER BOWL XLVIII
Denver vs. Seattle,
3:30 p.m. Sunday, FOX