Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones Wrong on Playoff Expansion

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December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claps while standing on the field prior to the Cowboys game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

If you were wondering exactly how much more average and weak the NFL could get, you’re answer is coming soon to a football stadium near you.

It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys haven’t been to the playoffs since right after the 2009 season and they sport all of one playoff victory since 1997. The just completed 8-8 season in 2013, essentially a hat-trick for the once great franchise, marks four years void of postseason play for the first time during the regime of owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

The fixes for Dallas would seem to include better drafting, fewer trades for overrated players in exchange for premium draft picks and certainly better management of the salary cap.

Seems easy enough, but there’s something even better—kind of.

How about simply adding more teams to the NFL playoffs?

Jones recently expressed his enthusiasm for this idea to radio station 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM). His rational for the following quote is where things get rather compelling, especially considering his franchise’s unprecedented run of mediocrity under his watch:

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.

Is Jones really suggesting that a team that hovers below 8-8 needs to be in the playoffs, let alone competing in Super Bowls?

Well, that might work for his franchise, all things considered.

What a far cry from the standard that the Cowboys had set for themselves in previous eras.

Apparently, we can say the very same thing for the NFL, as a whole.

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