By Chip Dee: In a move that may seem to some NFL fans a self-serving move, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jerry Jones is reportedly interested in expanding the playoff from 12 teams being eligible to play in postseason games to 16 teams. In other words, half of the teams in the league would make the playoffs. It would come down to changing it to 8 teams per conference instead of what we have now with just 6 teams being eligible.
Jones sees this as a positive move for the league, because more teams would be there and this in turn would have more fans following the sport. As it is now, many good teams, such as the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and the Jets, would have been eligible to make the playoffs this season. That would have been a little more interesting because it would turn the playoffs into a huge affair rather than limited one.
“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 have a team that might have literally operated at .500 or in that area you can ha ve that team win the Super Bowl,” Jones said to 105.3 The Fan. “That makes a big case for adding a couple of more cities or communities that have NFL teams to the playoffs. It just creates more excitement and that much more interest in those communities. So I fall on the side of the ledger that would increase the playoffs.”
What Jones says make a ton of success. If you have more teams then it definitely widens the experience and helps franchises make money because many of them are locked out of playoff competition year after year because they’re not quite good enough to get to the next level. This doesn’t mean that the added teams will necessarily make it all the way to the playoffs, because it’s likely that they’ll be weeded out long before that point. But with there being a chance that they can make it, we’ll see occasional teams playing over their heads and going all the way to the Super Bowl to capture it. With the NFL adding football games on Thursday night, they might as well expand the playoff games if the idea is to widen the net for fans to see games.