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THE QUESTION

How Should Owners Change the NFL Playoffs?

"After two days of discussion in Florida, NFL owners and Roger Goodell seem in favor of expanding the regular season to 18 games, and possibly adding more teams to the playoffs. But are these changes worth it and if so how should they be implemented?"

Posted by Emil Steiner on October 16, 2008 10:15 AM
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Alex35332: If the NFL ever does expand again (I assume it will be to 40 teams, yikes!) then go to an 8 team playoff per conference and make the first r...

Joe the Plumber: I've been for trimming the preseason and adding two games to the regular season for a long time, so I'm glad to hear the good news about the...

CJ: I would rather see 2 more games that mean something to the over all Super Bowl picture than to feel robbed of my money to watch worthless ga...

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Tyler :

I wouldn't mind seeing the playoffs expanded to 8 teams per conference, it would make more sense and give a better shot for the under dog teams. I never understood the byes. How can you call yourself a champion if you play less games than your opponent?

AKM :

I can see both sides. You don't want do dilute the playoff pool, but at the same time there are they used to be only three divisions. Now there are four. Only two wildcard teams make the playoffs now instead of three. In recent years, expecially in the AFC, we have seen good teams miss out on the playoffs becuase they were in strong divisions, while lesser teams made it in becuase they happen to suck less than the rest of their division. I recall a year where a 10-6 and an 11-5 teams sat out while two 9-7 teams and one 8-8 team got in. Expanding to 8 teams per conference, will solve that problem.

bru_jac :

No, no, no...never. The NFL is what it is because every game counts for so much. Adding games and playoff teams reduces the value of the regular season. Sure, occasional a good team misses the playoffs, but look at all the .500 (and less) wonders that make in the NBA and NHL.

Rob Barry :

What makes watching a good play in a close game so exciting is that it counts for so much. With baseball, you can miss a few games and not have missed much. I would advise the NFL not to mess with my favorite sport. The thrill is there. Let's keep it there.

whackamole :

What the fans want is irrelevant. More games, regular season and playoffs, means more revenue, so the owners and the League will do it. Especially so when there are no repercussions - it's not as if fans will refuse to watch.

Badda :

18-game schedule? YEAH!!!

More Playoff teams? HELL NO!

NO MORE UNDESERVING "PLAYOFF" TEAMS!!!

Basically, this boils down to the fact that the NFL can charge the networks more money if they have more premium (read: playoff) games to offer.

I AM, however, in favor of trimming the PRE-season schedule. Why not turn two of THOSE so-called "games" into regular season contests?

The fact is, too many good players are injured and lost for the season during these meaningless slop exhibitions, and coaches already know who's gonna make the team by the second game anyway.

Owners still charge fans FULL PRICE for the opportunity to experience these Keystone kickoffs, however; yet another way to pad the old coffers!

Don't let the NFL's collective greed mess up a good thing, Mr Goodell!

Plumber Bubba :

First round byes are no biggie, if you have the best record it makes sense that you deserve a week off while the scrappy little underdogs fight it out. It makes a victory all the better when a team like the Giants beat the Pats, plus it gives an reason for teams that clinch a spot early to continue to push for a first round bye. Anywho, we need more football. Not more pre-season warmups but an expanded full season schedule. If the goddamn Canadians can play 18 games then why the hell aren't we??

Mark Hamblett :

I though it was the NFL, not the NBA or NHL where 9 out ten teams make the playoffs. It is all about money with the NFL, not about the sport.

Beansy :

The NFL is more interested in cash then they are in creating a good product. And even though it's the most popular league now, that's not going to last unless the Roger Goodell removes his head from his own backside.

Steve :

I sure would rather see two more regular season games instead of having to endure another pointless and boring preseason of fake games played at full-ticket price. However, I agree with Beansy that Roger Goodell is a hapless fool who is destroying the league. He has an amazing ability to turn minor issues into gigantic controversies, with Pacman being only the most recent example. Look, if the guy is as bad as Goodell said he is, Goodell could have just waited a couple of weeks until Pac-Man got arrested for real, instead of drumming him out of the league on a trumped-up charge. He's a football player and he had a fistfight with his own bodyguard. Whoop-De-F*ckin-Doo. He wasn't even blazing away with his six-shooter like Marvin Harrison. Goodell's response is like seeing OJ get convicted of armed robbery for stealing back his own stuff -- you know he deserves the punishment because of his other crimes, but why can't we nail the bastid fair and square? Goodell, you are a joke...

Alex35332 :

If the NFL ever does expand again (I assume it will be to 40 teams, yikes!) then go to an 8 team playoff per conference and make the first round a Division championship game, this will help divisional rivalries become strong again, and no team should be handed a trophy or title for not playing a championship game.
For now I see only one change I would like to have happened, 7-9 and 8-8 teams should not be allowed in just for wining their conference, unless that record actually gets them in the top 6 teams. So if the Seahawks win the NFC west at 7-9 and the Eagles are sitting at 9-7 at the end of the year, the no 1 WC would supplant the Seahawks. This would make the playoff quality far better and force teams to build to beat the conference and not the division. But if the Seahawks can go 9-7 & the no 3 in the WC race is 10-6 than the Seahawks are still in.
It only happens every 3-5 years but let’s get rid of it anyway. No team should ever be allowed in the playoffs at .500 or less unless there are not enough teams to fit the format.

Joe the Plumber :

I've been for trimming the preseason and adding two games to the regular season for a long time, so I'm glad to hear the good news about the 18 game schedule. As far as the playoffs: 8 teams per conference might be a little much, but with all the expansion in the last decade or so, a 7 teams per conference playoff would be no easier for a team to qualify for than the 6 team ones in the early 1990s.

CJ :

I would rather see 2 more games that mean something to the over all Super Bowl picture than to feel robbed of my money to watch worthless games -- THANKS DAN SNYDER!!!

PS to Dan Snyder: WITH ALL YOUR MONEY DO YOU THINK THAT IT'S POSSIBLE TO INSTALL YOUR CAMERAS SO THAT I CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE GAME ON TV AND NOT SOME IDIOT'S HAND BLOCKING THE CAMERA ????

 
 
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