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Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'

Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:11 am
Edited on: December 16, 2010 10:13 am
Posted by Will Brinson

FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- Every week, it seems, there's some new argument for why [Insert your favorite NFC West team here] shouldn't make the playoffs in 2010, despite winning an utterly terrible division.

It was bound to come up at the owners' meetings as well (anyone else kind of chuckle at the thought of Bob Kraft stewing because Alex Spanos winked at him over that 8-8 season in 2008?) but don't expect anything regarding the way the playoffs are handled to change.

"I'm sure it will be [addressed]," Goodell said. "It's not a new conversation. We've had an awful lot of discussion over that over the past several years and I'm sure it'll come up again for discussion.

"I see the merits of what they're talking about, but I also believe our playoff system has worked quite well."

It has worked well -- even the most nightmarish of situations (the aforementioned 8-8 Chargers) didn't end poorly because San Diego played well in the postseason. But right now, the league is staring at a situation where St. Louis or Seattle get a home game in the playoffs with one of them sliding in at a best-case scenario 9-7.

Which is why Falcons President Rich McKay, co-chair of the competition committee, also believes re-seeding is something to be looked at.

"I think it should be discussed, and I think it would get more support than the last time," McKay said.

That's because right now, the idea of Seattle or St. Louis hosting a home game is pretty reprehensible especially if it means that a strong team like Green Bay or Tampa Bay gets pushed out for a team with a sub-.500 record.

That's not to say the committee should completely boot division-winning teams with bad records from the playoffs. That's a bit extreme, especially when you consider the success the NFC West has had in the past (the Rams, Cardinals and Seahawks have all been to the Super Bowl in the past decade and the Niners are historically legendary or something). But removing the luxury of a home game from a 7-9 division champ seems like a reasonable step to take.

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Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:40 pm

Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'

Dream on buddy......not this go 'round! LOL!!!!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:04 pm

Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'

Reminds me of a cartoon I saw a few years back.  This hockey coach was giving his team a post game pep talk.  He yells out, "Now that we've made the playoffs let's kick things in gear and finish with a .500 record"

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 5:04 pm

Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'

I don't know how you consider it "winning" a division with a sub .500 record lol. But looking at the NFC South, someone is getting left out with a good record. Feels like this happens every now and then but it is the way the system is set up. I agree about letting the division "leader" make it to the playoffs but it seems like the better record should get homefield. After all, can you imagine a good team in that division, winning almost all of the first half of the season games and then, seeing the record of your other divisional teams, saying "We clinched the division, rest our players for almost half the season hahaha"

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 4:04 pm

Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'


That's what makes the NFL so great.

All of you who are complaining about the west sending a 7-9 team to the playoffs and thus also that NFC WEST team hosting the game.

As a RAM FAN i'm estatic that the Rams have a chance at making the playoffs, but don't punish a divison because that's the way the system has been set up.

If we are going to go by records get rid of Divisions, and thus all you people crying foul will be happy.

I would love to see a 7-9 team especially the RAMS roll thier way to the Superbowl. 


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:38 pm

Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'

Just get rid of the 4 division format and revert to 2 divisions per conference.  People would, or course, complain about traveling to the West Coast, but so what?  This is football.  

2 Division winners, 4 wild cards.  Done.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:12 pm

Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'

The Saints could finish 13-3 and play AT 8-8 NFC WEST champ? Yes, let's take a look at that re-seeding idea. 

I've always hated this rule. Although I think they have it right in the NBA.  I think 3 seed Nuggets played 6 seeded LA Clippers years ago, and LA got home court advantage for having the better record..

Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:06 pm

Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'

The Playoff system is great the way it is. So what if a division is not the greatest it could happen to any division any year. But regardless if a team wins the division at 8-8 or 7-9 they win the division end of story. It gives the team something to stride for winning their division and making the playoffs. The AFC west could end up with a 8-8 division winner so could the AFC south so were is the problem.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2010 1:42 pm

Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'

This is not the first year this was discussed, so-called Ninja. Read the article.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:10 pm

Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'

The playoff system is just fine as it is.  Think about it:  how many years has this been around, and this is the first year that this has really been discussed as a problem?  There was a small stink raised over the 8-8 Chargers, but not much of one.  The perfect storm happened this year where the NFC West happened to be the worst division...ever, I'd say.  I doubt it'll happen again: the Rams are trending upwards, and the 49ers are really only a few pieces away (big pieces - coach and quarterback - but a few nonetheless).

I think being a division winner should carry more weight than being a wild card.  The goal of the regular season is winning the division, and the rewards should be substantial.  Besides, if any of these wild cards are really that much better they should be able to smash a 7-9 Rams team wherever they play.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:44 am

Goodell: Re-seeding playoff plans have 'merits'

It's not just the fact that a crappy team gets a home game.  The two Wild Card teams are certain to be much better, record-wise, and they'll be forced to go on the road.

Hey New Orleans, great job this season!  Now head on out of the Superdome, because Roger Goodell thinks the playoff system is just fine as is.

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