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Mister Pittsburgh
12-14-2012, 01:38 PM
This guy has to be half brain dead......

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8743130/nfl-discuss-expanding-playoff-field-roger-goodell-says

He's saying they are going to talk about expanding the playoffs to 16 teams. So half the league would get a playoff spot. That's just plain stupid. He even said they will look at possibly having 14 teams....how the hell would that work? 7 teams from each league? Why not just declare the team atop ESPN's power rankings the national champion in a system like college football Roger?

papillon
12-14-2012, 01:58 PM
If he wants a higher percentage of teams in the playoffs then he should contract the league by 4 teams. It will raise the quality of play and make obtaining a playoff spot more difficult and more meaningful. Expanding the field by a couple teams only introduces 8-8 or 7-9 teams to the playoffs and creates more games to play. I thought Goodell was all about player safety? If you're playing more games, isn't it less safe?

He needs to go.

Pappy

flippy
12-14-2012, 02:08 PM
I heard Bill Polian talking about this on Mike and Mike this morning. He was saying that they decided 14 teams would make more sense several years back.

They'd only give 1 team a bye week in this scenario. So there'd likely be competition until the end for the 1 seed and more competition for the 7 seed. And the last few weeks would be more meaningful football. He also mentioned with 14 historically, you'd still get teams with winning records. There've been a lot of teams with winning records excluded.

16 teams might not be bad either. The first I heard about this, I wasn't sure. But the more I think about it, it makes for more meaningful football. It essentially adds more playoff type games. And with injuries, you can have teams with mediocre records that are really good competitive teams.

Anyone know how many times we were the 7 or 8 team in the AFC and missed the playoffs? I would love to see us get in the dance next time it happens.

Mister Pittsburgh
12-14-2012, 02:13 PM
Current system seems fine to me. Why mess with something that isn't broken? Like Pap said, another round of playoffs is just an end around for him to get extra games to up NFL revenue. When you are walking around pounding your drum talking about player safety, to then add more games is ridiculous.

hawaiiansteel
12-14-2012, 02:19 PM
I thought Goodell was all about player safety? If you're playing more games, isn't it less safe?

He needs to go.

Pappy

exactly my first reaction, Goodell is such a hypocrite.

who is he kidding, it's all about the money...

flippy
12-14-2012, 02:21 PM
Current system seems fine to me. Why mess with something that isn't broken? Like Pap said, another round of playoffs is just an end around for him to get extra games to up NFL revenue. When you are walking around pounding your drum talking about player safety, to then add more games is ridiculous.

14 would mean the 2 seed plays during Wild Card Weekend. 16 would mean the 1 seed plays during the Wild Card round. No extra week of games would be added.

As it stands now, week 15 and 16 games are a crap shoot to be meaningful. Adding playoff teams would make it more likely your team is in a meaningful game at year end rather than having another potential preseason type game.

I don't see this having anything to do with player safety. Just a tweak that could make the game better. We've already gotten into the era where #5 and #6 seeds are regularly winning SuperBowls. So why couldn't a 7 or 8 seed?

BradshawsHairdresser
12-14-2012, 02:25 PM
If he wants a higher percentage of teams in the playoffs then he should contract the league by 4 teams. It will raise the quality of play and make obtaining a playoff spot more difficult and more meaningful. Expanding the field by a couple teams only introduces 8-8 or 7-9 teams to the playoffs and creates more games to play. I thought Goodell was all about player safety? If you're playing more games, isn't it less safe?

He needs to go.

Pappy

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Slapstick
12-14-2012, 02:40 PM
The NFL has had 12 teams since 1990, when a total of 28 teams were in the league...

Now there are 32 teams...14 sounds about right...

Oviedo
12-14-2012, 03:15 PM
I like two more play offs team. If it was in effect this year we might actually make the play offs.;) I do understand the logic, fans of most teams check out of watching football when their teams aren't involved. I know I could care less because I'm a Steelers fan not a who ever is in the play offs fan. This would keep more fans from more cities engaged.

At least it is a better idea than eliminating kick offs.

SidSmythe
12-14-2012, 06:27 PM
We already have 1 or 2 teams that shouldn't be in the playoffs every year....why add more??

flippy
12-15-2012, 09:32 AM
We already have 1 or 2 teams that shouldn't be in the playoffs every year....why add more??

We've been the 6 seed
We didn't belong that year
We just won XL

BradshawsHairdresser
12-15-2012, 12:59 PM
Why not just let all the teams into the playoffs? That way, all the fans could stay engaged, at least through the first week of the playoffs? And we could stretch football into March.

Better yet, why not an 8-game regular season, and then a double-elimination tournament with all 32 teams seeded according to their records?


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Slapstick
12-15-2012, 01:38 PM
Again:


The NFL has had 12 teams since 1990, when a total of 28 teams were in the league...

Now there are 32 teams...14 sounds about right...

Why not?

SidSmythe
12-15-2012, 02:17 PM
We've been the 6 seed
We didn't belong that year
We just won XL

i knew that was coming ... my point is we have plenty of qualified teams now making the playoffs. sometimes too many already. Like the year Seattle made it at 7-9.

Lets say Roger has his way ...lets look at this season... does anyone really think Buffalo, NY Jets, St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins are playoff worthy. I certainly don't.

RuthlessBurgher
12-15-2012, 06:10 PM
i knew that was coming ... my point is we have plenty of qualified teams now making the playoffs. sometimes too many already. Like the year Seattle made it at 7-9.

Lets say Roger has his way ...lets look at this season... does anyone really think Buffalo, NY Jets, St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins are playoff worthy. I certainly don't.

I agree that they are not playoff worthy, but they would be playing the likes of the Texans and Patriots in the first round (instead of giving those teams a bye). The one positive I see is that everyone must win 4 playoff games to earn the Super Bowl, instead of the 1 & 2 seeds needing to win only 3 playoff games.

SidSmythe
12-16-2012, 06:14 AM
I agree that they are not playoff worthy, but they would be playing the likes of the Texans and Patriots in the first round (instead of giving those teams a bye). The one positive I see is that everyone must win 4 playoff games to earn the Super Bowl, instead of the 1 & 2 seeds needing to win only 3 playoff games.

I'd be for adding 2 teams in each conference at the most...maybe even having a bye week between Week 17 and the Wild Card Round so teams can have a week to rest