NFL considers expanding playoffs so 7-9 and 6-10 teams can get in every year
It's like these guys will do anything to make sure both New York teams make it into the playoffs every year.
The proposal to expand the NFL playoffs to 14 or 16 teams was discussed Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings. "We will probably be looking at it with the committee over the next several months," Goodell said. "Right now, we are at 12 teams, obviously. We will look at probably 14 or 16. The committee will be looking at that."
Again, there are currently 32 teams in the NFL. If the field expanded to 16, half of all NFL teams would make the playoffs each season. Using last year's results, two teams in the NFC would have made it into such a playoff field with 8-8 records. Over in the AFC, the Denver Broncos already did win their division to squeak in at 8-8.
This is not even the first time the NFL has considered expanding the playoffs to 14 teams or more. "About seven years ago, we did a study of it," former Colts chairman Bill Polian said on ESPN. "It does three things the league would like. Number One, it adds a team to the playoffs so it keeps interest going at the end of the season. Number Two, if you go with seven teams, it means one Bye. So that means as the season wanes, people are fighting for that Bye."
He means that one team per conference would get a Bye week at the beginning of the playoffs, as opposed to the current two.
"And the third thing it does is provide another week to the (playoff) season," Polian continued. "Owning the calendar is important to the league office".
Obviously, Polian could have summarized that entire answer in just two words: more money. But we will honor his "competitive reasons" baloney, because damn would another week of playoff football make my February less depressing.