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  • 01/31/2009, 11:11PM ET

The NFL playoffs might want to think about a change

longhornlad (7-16-3) vs C-C-C (397-169-39)
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Ok sorry for the wait, here is my change for the NFL Playoff system:

Step 1: List all the teams in order by their record at season's end (titans to the Lions)
Step 2: Match up all the teams with the 1 playing the 32 seed and so forth down to the 16 vs 17 game (16 games total)
Step 3: Have a bracket with single elimination all the way down play each weekend till we have 1 team left (5 weekends)
Step 4: Eliminate the bye week between the Final 4 and the Super Bowl or play the ProBowl on that Sunday

This is why I changed it up. If you looked at the playoffs at the end of the season you saw a 10-6 Patriots and a whole bunch of 9-7 teams not be in the playoffs but yet there was an 8-8 team that went to the Divisional Round??

You had good teams like the Patriots, Jets, Cowboys, Bucs, and Saints not go to the playoffs. You also had teams like the Texans and the 49ers that started off horribly but finished strong not make the playoffs as well.

With my playoff system everyone has the same chance to win the Lambardi trophy as the other 31 teams and with this format you can now have a Cinderella in the tourney like the Texans or whoever.


While I agree that 8-8 division winners is a problem it's a problem the NFL created by going to the 8 division format, not much you can do about that.

This idea is crazy, however. If every single team is going to make the playoffs anyhow, what's the incentive to win in the regular season? The entire 17 week regular season would turn into what the pre-season now is. Players would sit out with minor injures, valuable starters wouldn't play much more than a half, etc. Why? Because winning or losing would no longer matter in the regular season. Staying healthy would be much more important than winning a game.

The playoffs have been tinkered with too much as it is over the years. With 8 division winners and 4 wild card teams already more than 1/3 of the teams make the playoffs as it is.

You want a Cinderella? Look no further than this afternoons Super Bowl. The Cardinals were down right awful the last month and a half of the season but here they are today playing for all the marbles. Seems to me that was your original complaint, but by the end of your argument it morphed in you WANTING the possibility of a Cinderella. You've already got it...today.


Ok but the motivation to win in this new tournament just like in College B-ball is the more you win the higher you are when the tournament comes around and the easier it is to win the Lambardi Trophy. Ok just like in College Basketball you have the teams that are put in conferences like the Big East, the Big 12, or the ACC where if there is a mediocre team they already know that they won't win the divison but they are trying to get a high spot in the tourney in March.

Take the Redskins or the Cowboys for an example, they know that they have a pretty narrow chance of winning the division but yet they would still try to get a high ranking for an easier chance at the playoffs.

With this new tournament you would have AFC teams playing NFC teams in all the rounds. In the regular season, everyone watches 2 things: The games where the top 2 teams in the conference play each other and cross conference games. This would give them both.

Yeah the Cardinals have been a Cinderella this year but could you imagine having a team like the 49ers or the Texans being in the Elite 8? Look at how excited everyone got when West. Kent. and Davidson went deep into the tournament in March


This ain't college BBall. And not even College hoops allows EVERY team into the tourney. Quick, name the last winless team invited to March Madness...oh, wait. But you think the 0-16 Lions deserve to be rewarded for complete ineptitude with a playoff berth. Absurd.

This is professional football, not College hoops where there is a HUGE disparity in talent. Seeding doesn't mean all that much in the NFL. This year we have a 9-7 team playing for the Superbowl. Last year a wild card team beat an undefeated Patriots team to win it all.

The only reason for wanting to be one of the four highest seeded teams now is a bye in the first round. Your crazy format even negates that slight advantage. There would be no motivation in the regular season other than staying healthy and peaking at the very end of the year. Regular season games would hold no more meaning than preseason games. Hell, even winning the division wouldn't mean much.

Everyone got excited when West Kent and Davidson went deep in the tourney, did they? So you think the same kind of excitement would sweep the country with the Lions and 49ers making the 'final four'? Hardly.


Forfeited Turn


Yeah, I'd probably forfeit my turn too if I came up with such a ridiculously stupid idea and actually started a TD that showed the world how whack my thought process was.

Ever seen that "This is your brain...this is your brain on drugs" commercial using an egg for illustrative purposes? I'm pretty sure you relate to the end of that commercial when the egg has been fried to some sort of rubbery substance that is completely useless for anything other than filler material for Joan Rivers next face lift.

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