Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones wants to extend the playoffs. Jerry made the comment after being eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the regular season. Once again Dallas missed out on a chance for the Super Bowl for the third straight season. That chance came down to the final game. Philadelphia, Washington and New York have all won those win or go home games.
On his weekly radio show that you can hear on 105.3 the Fan in Dallas he stated he would like to see the playoffs extended.
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. 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.
For the third straight year the Cowboys finished at the .500 mark and it seems Jerry thinks a play here or a play there would make the world of difference and it very well may. However, what he is suggesting would be more like the NBA. There is a reason that the NFL is the most popular sport. By adding more games they would be like the NBA playoffs that seem to go on for months.
Even with Jones’ statements about expanding football, which I am all for because that means more games, I just don’t believe it is in the best interest of player safety. The NFLPA is trying to protect their players and people like Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are trying to expose them to more punishment. Not exactly in the best interest of the product or player’s health and safety. It seems more like a money grab. Let’s hope that the NFLPA can prevent this from happening.