|Goodell said as many as 16 teams could join the postseason. (US Presswire)|
If you like (or don't like) Roger Goodell's ambition to increase the regular-season schedule to 18 games, you're really going to love (or hate) the owners' next big idea -- playoff expansion.
That's what Goodell discussed Wednesday with the media at the owners' meetings in Dallas.
"Right now we're with 12 teams obviously. We'll look at probably 14 or 16 teams," Goodell said, via NFL.com.
So, um, half the league would make the postseason, then? Yeah, that sounds like kind of a brutal idea, right?
Apparently the owners have discussed it before, but didn't implement anything. That inability to move the idea forward could very well happen again once the competition committee discusses it (we assume) in the spring.
But although some might believe an expanded postseason would water down the playoff teams, it also might be tough to convince the owners of perennially mediocre teams (cough, cough, San Diego) that their squads would have a chance to earn additional money by making more franchises eligible for the playoffs.
Isn't that right, Philip Rivers?
I asked Philip Rivers what he thought of Goodell's idea to expand playoff teams from 12 to 14 or 16. "I'd like it this year."— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) December 12, 2012