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Jerry Jones wants expanded NFL playoffs

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08:35 AM ET 01.04 | f Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had his way, more than 12 teams would be in the postseason right now. Jones was asked on 105.3 The Fan (via ESPN.com) whether he would support expanding the playoffs from six teams per conference to eight teams per conference, and he said he likes that idea because it would allow more teams to enter the playoffs and give more fan bases a reason to get excited about the NFL in January. "From the standpoint of looking at how exciting it is for a city or a community to be involved in the playoffs and the fact that you can have a team that might have literally operated at .500 or in that area . . . you can have that team win the Super Bowl," Jones said. "That makes a big case for adding a couple of more cities or communities that have NFL teams to the playoffs. It just creates that much more excitement and that much more interest for people in those communities. So I fall on the side of the ledger that would increase the playoffs."

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January 4, 2014  08:40 AM ET

translation:

the more teams get in-
the more my incompetence can be hidden

January 4, 2014  08:43 AM ET

That's the only way this NOSE-PICKER will get into the playoffs----- keep Pickin Jerry!!!!

January 4, 2014  08:52 AM ET

Of course he does because he knows he doesn't have the ability to make decisions to get them beyond mediocre. The last thing we need to see is adding mediocre teams to the playoff mix.

January 4, 2014  08:56 AM ET

Of course you do, Jerry. For once you looked into the mirror and faced mediocrity. A good way to hide that is pretend you - and your team - are not mediocre. Sure why not? Why can't 8-8 teams get into the playoffs regularly? Somebody fire him.

January 4, 2014  08:56 AM ET

Yeah, and his next suggestion will be to give the teams with the poorer records a handicap of a few points, so the playoff games will be "more competitive" and generate "more interest" for the fans. It is so nice to see an owner who has the fans' best interests at heart.

January 4, 2014  08:58 AM ET

JJ is a business man. His number one angle is revenue. Of course it would generate more revenue, so he is for it.

January 4, 2014  09:06 AM ET

If they expand the playoffs,they will become meaningless! !!

January 4, 2014  09:08 AM ET

I don't know how long the league can survive with the current bunch of fools running it. There's not a single aspect of the game that I like better now than I did in the '70s.

January 4, 2014  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't know how long the league can survive with the current bunch of fools running it. There's not a single aspect of the game that I like better now than I did in the '70s.

The problem is if you are 30 or younger this is all you know. It becomes the norm. The league will get richer and even more popular. Just look at the Fantasy Football stuff to see it. Marketing is everything and the NFL is very good at marketing. The product comes in a distant second.

January 4, 2014  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't know how long the league can survive with the current bunch of fools running it. There's not a single aspect of the game that I like better now than I did in the '70s.

Agreed. It's more like a video game with specialized automatons executing narrow functions at every position than human athletes engaging in sports. But then again, football IS a reflection of the changes in society, technology, etc. since then. Take instant replay. Please.

January 4, 2014  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The problem is if you are 30 or younger this is all you know. It becomes the norm. The league will get richer and even more popular. Just look at the Fantasy Football stuff to see it. Marketing is everything and the NFL is very good at marketing. The product comes in a distant second.

As you said about JJ, football's a business now and the bottom line is money, especially for the owners.

January 4, 2014  09:16 AM ET

3 games this weekend were close to getting blacked out.... and you expect more fans to get excited about mediocrity?

January 4, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

JJ is a business man. His number one angle is revenue. Of course it would generate more revenue, so he is for it.

That's all this seemed to me.
From a pure competitive state of mind this is a terrible idea. What would be the point of having the number 1 seed anymore? A team will know if they're better whether they win or lose in the regular season, resting star players and key vets even earlier in the regular season to make up for an additional playoff game would just cause more Pittsburgh (this year) teams who need other teams to lose/win to get into the playoffs.
Not to mention with 4 'wild card' seeds the potential for an entire division to make the playoffs arises-which is interesting but could create lack of competition late in the year if all four are locks.

January 4, 2014  09:24 AM ET

<sigh...>

January 4, 2014  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

<sigh...>

next thing you know the NFL playoffs will resemble the NHL playoffs.

January 4, 2014  09:29 AM ET

Cowboys still wouldn't get in

January 4, 2014  09:30 AM ET

Why not have ALL the team in the playoffs??.. that way nobody's feelings get hurt

January 4, 2014  09:36 AM ET

Jones will do and say anything to get his team into playoff. Even if not deserving. He is a con artist that should b ignored.

January 4, 2014  09:42 AM ET

This guy has a serious ego problem. It's bad enough that he's been ruining the postseason for his own fan base. Now he wants to ruin the playoffs for all fans?

How about you produce something better than a .500 team instead of expecting the rest of the league to lower it's standards down to your level.

 
January 4, 2014  09:44 AM ET

Right Jerry and teams that wear blue and silver should be guaranteed home games. sigh. If the idiot would put a winning team on the field his no playoff problem would take care of itself.

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