by Jason Butt
June 22, 02014
When you're coming off of an 8-8 season, the idea of expanding the playoffs seems like a good idea.
Jets owner Woody Johnson is in that camp, stating to reporters at a minicamp practice that at this time, he'd be in favor of expanding the postseason.
“There are good arguments on both sides, and I haven’t gone into it in maybe the depth that we will,” Johnson said, via the Newark Star Ledger. “We’re going to study it hard. But I kind of like it. I kind of like the idea of more playoff games. We’re still below other sports (in terms of the number of teams that make the playoffs).”
The teams that made the 2013 postseason might beg to differ on expansion. The postseason is great the way it is. There isn't a need to expand it by two or four teams. It may have helped the Jets in hindsight for last year but would have no bearing on this year. The Jets would still have to win enough games to get into the postseason regardless of how many teams compete in it, and that's not a guarantee with anyone.
Expanding the playoffs is a money grab for the NFL first and foremost — and that's not to say there's anything wrong with that, per se. But the parties wanting to expand should at least be honest and open about the intentions when talking about this topic.
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