Posted October 08, 2013

Roger Goodell says playoff expansion is an option in 2015

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Roger Goodell is looking to increase the size of the NFL playoffs in 2015.

Roger Goodell hopes to expand the NFL playoffs for the 2015 season. (Bloomberg)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says that playoff expansion is an option for the 2015 season, according to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling.

The league’s competition committee voted down a proposal to expand the playoffs earlier this year, but Goodell has said expanding the postseason from 12 to 14 teams is a priority for the committee. The commissioner said the bigger playoffs would be better for fans:

“If expanding the postseason would allow other teams to get into the dance, and they have the potential of going on and winning the Super Bowl,” Goodell explained, “that’s a good thing for fans, that a good thing competitively.”

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The commissioner also said that if the expansion proposal is passed, it would not be able to be enacted until the 2015 season because of scheduling conflicts.


27 comments
mrjohnwao
mrjohnwao

They expand the playoffs the NFL will join the NBA and MLB as sports I no longer watch.

WazzuCougs
WazzuCougs

Ohhh can’t wait for the 2016 Super Bowl between the 4-12 Jaguars and the 3-13 Panthers! 

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Roger Goodell continues to try his best to ruin the NFL.  Worse commissioner in all of sports, easily (and that's saying something when you are in the esteemed company of the likes of Selig and the little David "Hitler" Stern).

steveworth2
steveworth2

Look how much of a joke the NHL playoffs are: half the league makes the playoffs! Keep expanding the number of playoff teams and the quality of the product will get watered down. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

I'd like to see two more receivers added to the offense so it becomes 13 on 13.  This would allow for higher ticket prices (you are watching more football), a longer draft, and more points.  If you are going to "improve" the NFL, you might as well get it right.

Chip
Chip

Food for thought ... these are the teams that would have been given the 7th playoff spot since the NFL realigned into 8 divisions in 2002:

NFC teams:
2012: Chicago (10-6)
2011: Chicago (8-8)
2010: NY Giants (10-6)
2009: Atlanta (9-7)
2008: Tampa Bay (9-7)
2007: Minnesota (8-8)
2006: Green Bay (8-8)
2005: Minnesota (9-7)
2004: New Orleans (8-8)
2003: Minnesota (9-7)
2002: New Orleans (9-7)

AFC teams:
2012: Pittsburgh (8-8)
2011: Tennessee (9-7)
2010: San Diego (9-7)
2009: Houston (9-7)
2008: New England (11-5)
2007: Cleveland (10-6)
2006: Denver (9-7)
2005: Kansas City (10-6)
2004: Jacksonville (9-7)
2003: Miami (10-6)
2002: Denver (9-7)

So ... FWIW, 6 out of 22 teams that had 10 wins or more missed the playoffs (basically one every other year). Other than that, teams that missed were either a 9-7 team (11 of 22) or an 8-8 team (5 of 22).

Random note ... in the AFC, it would have been a different team every single year.

Phil22
Phil22

Clearly adding more regular season games and playoff match ups shows the NFLs commitment to player safety. 
 
What a joke. 

http://www.brunoboys.net/

esgalan2
esgalan2

Please If it ain't broken don't try and fix it !!

32 teams if PERFECT ! why ? because it's two conferences with four divisions of four teams. That a level playing field. Any additionAL TEAM  would necessarily mean a serious imbalance : One Division of FIVE !!

 Anyone HERE  who wants to have his favourite team having to contend with FOUR opponents ( instead of three) for a playoff spot ? 

And wouldn't this division have to play a larger portion of their games against divisional rivals ? unless of course we throw out of the window the notion of each team playing each of their division opponent twice ? And if so, doesn't this affect the tie breaking rules ???

As for 14 instead of 12 that would mean a watering down of the play-offs for just two additional games.

Chris10
Chris10

Hey Roger why not just do away with the regular season altogether and just have playoffs and a Super Bowl every 3 months?

Nine Vegetable
Nine Vegetable

So, in summary (due to comments):  Absolutely no one on this board agrees with an expanded playoff.  Roger Goodell, are you taking note?

billc72069
billc72069

that is too many for the playoff scenarios !

prefer only eight teams !

Iowa
Iowa

Is this man honestly trying to kill the NFL? 

 Yes, he works for the owners, we get that. But at some point he is going to tick off the fan bases to the point where the people won't show up anymore. The exclusivity of the playoffs is part of what makes the NFL great. Keep letting more mediocre teams in, and the product continues to be watered down.

pickle
pickle

Terrible, terrible idea. I know Roger Goodell has done some good things but he seems to be on a quest to ruin football at all costs. This and the 18 game regular season are just awful ideas, the current setup is absolutely perfect, every regular season game is super important and every postseason game is must-watch.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Sure ....and play the first round of the expanded playoffs in England! Geez Goddell is a ho!

marino.eccher
marino.eccher

Yeah, it's awesome competitively to have 44 percent of the league play a whole regular season that ends up being for the sole purpose of deciding where the playoff games are held. And it's awesome to give star players more chances to get hurt, leave the best teams sitting at home for one more week and mediocre teams more chances to win the Super Bowl.

Leave it alone. Fans didn't want 18 games. They don't want a watered-down postseason. This is the only sport that gets the playoffs more or less right.

1HatedOn
1HatedOn

Wrong level of football to be talking about expanding in 2015... The 4team cfb playoffs need to get expanded before the nfl...

DamionMosher
DamionMosher

We don't have enough jacksonvilles in the play offs, need more patsies to make sure no one gets a bye.

jdane
jdane

Oh please.  Do NOT turn the regular NFL season into an NHL or NBA-like quest for playoff positions. 

JohnCuevas
JohnCuevas

In other news, Roger also confirmed he has opened  negotiations on night with his mother.

DamionMosher
DamionMosher

Ummmmmm, lets just add 10 new teams to the league as well, so that the regular season means nothing at all.

kyyled5
kyyled5

Yeah! More 9-7 and 8-8 teams in the playoffs! Water down the product! Maybe we can get a 7-9 team to make it to the super bowl!


How much money you need to make, Roger?

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Chip Lovie Smith is cussing Roger out right about now for not making this happen last year, he would still have a job.  lol

I think your list proves Roger is right.  It would be good for the fans.  How many more teams would still have a shot at the last playoff spot in the last few weeks of the season?  

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Phil22 Yeah they should cut the season down to 4 game seasons and just the super bowl with no other playoff games.  Would that make you feel better?

Chip
Chip

@esgalan2 I don't know if you actually read the article or not ... or if your reading comprehension is poor ... but he said nothing about adding additional teams to the NFL. He is talking about changing the playoffs, so that instead of 6 teams from each conference qualifying for the playoffs, it would be 7 teams that qualify (one additional wild card). Nothing about additional expansion teams.

Iowa
Iowa

@kyyled5 It's clear that Goodell is all about capturing every penny now, with no foresight for the future. At some point the NFL will feel backlash for its obvious money grabs (18-game regular season, more teams in playoffs, hideous Pro Bowl uniforms, stealing home games from fans to put games in London). He and the owners think they're invincible. So did NASCAR 10 years ago. And now it's a joke.

AFConiglio
AFConiglio

@Iowa @kyyled5 THe NFL is more powerful than some nations.  The media which want its money and the fans who are addicted to it will swallow anything it does.