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Even an expanded playoff field wouldn’t help the Cowboys

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is among the proponents of an expanded playoff field, an idea that seems to have traction with the commissioner as well.

Of course, not even watering down the field by twice the number of teams as is being discussed would have helped the Cowboys in recent years.

Roger Goodell’s talking about a one-team addition to seven teams per conference, but as pointed out by Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com the Cowboys have finished eighth or worse in the NFC in five of the last six seasons.

Their 8-8 record this year would have been ninth in order, same as in 2012. Going .500 would have made them the 10th seed in the NFC in 2011, based on tiebreakers. They were out of the conversation in 2010 at 6-10, after making the playoffs on their own merits at 11-5 in 2009.

Even their collapse to 9-7 in 2008 wouldn’t be helped by the current plan, as they’d have lost a tiebreaker to the Bears for the seventh spot that year.

“It just creates that much more excitement and that much more interest for people in those communities,” Jones said last week. “So I fall on the side of the ledger that would increase the playoffs.”

Maybe what Jones really needs is a college-style bowl system where seemingly everyone gets to play, so his general manager can say he built a postseason team.

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32 Responses to “Even an expanded playoff field wouldn’t help the Cowboys”
  1. dccowboy says: Jan 8, 2014 9:47 AM

    So? It wouldn’t help a lot of teams, not ‘just’ the Cowboys.

    It wouldn’t help the Redskins, or the Giants, or the Vikings,.

    So what?

  2. bucrightoff says: Jan 8, 2014 9:50 AM

    The only way the Cowboys will make the playoffs anytime soon is if 20 other teams are contracted and the playoffs remain top 12.

  3. alshonbrandontandem says: Jan 8, 2014 10:01 AM

    Instead of worrying about expanding the playoffs, maybe Jones should get busy trying to get his team under the salary cap for 2014. Good luck with that by the way.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 8, 2014 10:03 AM

    Expanded playoffs (… and expansion) made the NBA post-season meaningless.

    Soon… the NFL will get rid of the salary cap… and… 4 teams can compete for the title each season (after a long and meaningless playoffs).

  5. gf2711 says: Jan 8, 2014 10:05 AM

    That’s okay… expand it by two more teams and my Bills STILL have a 14 year drought!

  6. ptdennis says: Jan 8, 2014 10:12 AM

    I really think it is lame to focus on expansion/contraction of playoffs and who it will benefit. I think it is also lame to have the stance, “well, this is how it is done, it has always been done, leave it alone”. Well, I bet some of you lame brains don’t remember the 8 team National Football League and would be opposed to expansion. Some think 16 teams in the NHL playoffs is a joke. Well, there is nothing better than NHL playoff hockey … even sex!

  7. thrill2000mail says: Jan 8, 2014 10:18 AM

    Yawn. Another failed attempt of an article trying to make fun of the Cowboys.

    I’m sure that there are many more proponents of an expanded playoffs than just Jerry Jones. It would certainly make it more interesting for the fans but at the same time make more difficult for teams to win a Super Bowl.

  8. ken49ers says: Jan 8, 2014 10:26 AM

    They just have to find a way to get pittspuke and JERRAH’S cowgirls in the playoffs!

  9. grndizzle says: Jan 8, 2014 10:28 AM

    doctorrustbelt says: Jan 8, 2014 10:03 AM

    “Expanded playoffs (… and expansion) made the NBA post-season meaningless.”

    Part of that is the 7 game series makes the playoffs last for months. All the NFL is planning is adding 1 more team per conference and having an extra wild card game.

    I’m all for it!

  10. bullcharger says: Jan 8, 2014 10:28 AM

    thrill2000mail says:Jan 8, 2014 10:18 AM

    Yawn. Another failed attempt of an article trying to make fun of the Cowboys.

    I’m sure that there are many more proponents of an expanded playoffs than just Jerry Jones. It would certainly make it more interesting for the fans but at the same time make more difficult for teams to win a Super Bowl.

    —————

    I don’t see how it would be more exciting for the fans. Maybe the fans of the one additional team that got in, but that’s it. It would certainly reduce the quality of the regular season, which for a sport with such few games in the regular season is like one long playoff race already. I don’t think you speak for most fans.

  11. willycents says: Jan 8, 2014 10:28 AM

    For all his faults as an owner and GM on the football side, Jerrah is in fact a pretty good marketing person. He definitely has the touch for maximizing revenue for the cowboys and the NFL. How else to explain the cowboys being the top grossing team financially when they suck on the field?

  12. the8man says: Jan 8, 2014 10:30 AM

    The number of teams are optimal. Adding one team gives the top seed for too great an advantage. And adding two, is too many. It’s the seeding and home field in the Wild Card round that needs tweaking.

    Though all of the road teams with better records won this year, and one that didn’t have a better record.

  13. bullcharger says: Jan 8, 2014 10:34 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:Jan 8, 2014 10:03 AM

    Expanded playoffs (… and expansion) made the NBA post-season meaningless.

    Soon… the NFL will get rid of the salary cap… and… 4 teams can compete for the title each season (after a long and meaningless playoffs).

    —————–

    In my mind it made the NBA regular season meaningless. Why would I watch a game? Any good team is going to make the playoffs anyway and if the team is bad, I don’t want to watch. The NBA season starts about the second round of the playoffs for me now and it was my favorite sport as a kid.

    The NFL could end up with the same problem. 7 teams per conference will lead to 8 and then half the teams will be in. The first and second seed will have minimal advantage for winning in the regular season. Winning any division would be equivalent.

    Don’t ruin the sport Goodell!

  14. tv426 says: Jan 8, 2014 10:38 AM

    JJ is a buffoon! A legend in his own mind.
    As soon as he hires a GM things might change. Until then, you go JJ because I don’t like the cowgirls at all!

  15. dcstinks says: Jan 8, 2014 10:41 AM

    Playoffs? We’re Talking Playoffs? They have to be consistent and win in December when it counts to make it to the playoffs. until that happens Skeletor, dont worry about Playoffs! Talking about playoffs when they dont have a consistent team, Pff..

    But keep up the good work Jerry we in Philly like what you are doing, u too Mara and Snyder.

  16. umakenosense says: Jan 8, 2014 10:49 AM

    JJ is a typical business man. He really doesn’t care if his team wins. As long as he makes people believe he cares. The money will just keep pouring in that’s all that matters to him.

  17. tincansailor981 says: Jan 8, 2014 10:53 AM

    Jerry Jones is as big a disaster as Roger Goodell. They were made for each other.

  18. delsj says: Jan 8, 2014 10:56 AM

    I am OK with this. It should make being the #1 seed in the conference huge and virtually guarantee meaningful games through week 17. The season is so short in the NFL that a key injury or a slow start due to a new system can derail a playoff worthy team. This may allow that team to get in & prove it on the road in the playoff. I realize it may just allow a mediocre team to crack the playoff ranks, but – so what – the #2 seed should be able to dispatch them at home no problem.

  19. gochargersgo says: Jan 8, 2014 11:26 AM

    ptdennis says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:12 AM
    “I really think it is lame to focus on expansion/contraction of playoffs and who it will benefit. I think it is also lame to have the stance, “well, this is how it is done, it has always been done, leave it alone”. Well, I bet some of you lame brains don’t remember the 8 team National Football League and would be opposed to expansion. Some think 16 teams in the NHL playoffs is a joke. Well, there is nothing better than NHL playoff hockey … even sex!”

    ………………….Roigggghhhhhtttt.

  20. beardinals says: Jan 8, 2014 11:34 AM

    It would probably help the Cardinals for the next few years.

  21. rajbais says: Jan 8, 2014 11:40 AM

    I know what can help, apathy.

    Stop giving a damn about this stupid team and then Jerry will up his failing magician attempts as he keeps on trying to show that HE was behind the 3 1990′s Super Bowl wins and not Jimmy Johnson.

    The opposite of love is not hate. It’s apathy.

    You have to care in order to hate.

  22. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:48 AM

    Rewarding mediocrity doesn’t, or shouldn’t, create more interest.
    As a fan of a franchise with a proud and distinguished history (the Steelers), there was no way I was rooting for this 8-8 motely crew to be rewarded with a playoff berth.
    No team that goes from 0-4 to 2-6 deserves to be competing for a lower first-round draft pick. The Steelers will pick 15th. Had they made the playoffs, they’d be selecting no higher than 20th. Call me crazy, but I’ll take 15th over 20th anytime.

  23. bluenose1965 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:49 AM

    Making fun of the Cowboys?

    Let’s be honest, Jerry’s done a fine job of making them a joke for a long time.

  24. granadafan says: Jan 8, 2014 12:05 PM

    “willycents says: Jan 8, 2014 10:28 AM
    For all his faults as an owner and GM on the football side, Jerrah is in fact a pretty good marketing person. He definitely has the touch for maximizing revenue for the cowboys and the NFL. How else to explain the cowboys being the top grossing team financially when they suck on the field?”
    ========================================

    Because the Cowbowys appeal to the lowest common denominator. People like trash. Tabloids have the highest sales of newspapers and magazines. Fox is the highest rated news show on cable. Horrible singing shows are the highest rated TV shows.

    The Cowboys enjoy a non-deserved reputation as “America’s Team”. The majority of supporters not living in Texas are mere casual fans of football and like the Cowboys because they seemingly are patriotic with the star and have nice colors.

  25. peymax1693 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:16 PM

    dcstinks says: Jan 8, 2014 10:41 AM

    Playoffs? We’re Talking Playoffs? They have to be consistent and win in December when it counts to make it to the playoffs. until that happens Skeletor, dont worry about Playoffs! Talking about playoffs when they dont have a consistent team, Pff..

    But keep up the good work Jerry we in Philly like what you are doing, u too Mara and Snyder.
    ——————————————————————-
    Why would you compare Mara to Snyder and Jones?
    Last time I checked, the Giants won 2 of the last 6 SB.

  26. vavikingfan says: Jan 8, 2014 12:23 PM

    Translation: Jerry wants the Cowboys guaranteed a playoff spot every year so he wants the NFL to keep expanding the field till Dallas gets in.

  27. gbmickey says: Jan 8, 2014 12:33 PM

    Regardless what this says it is not up to Goodell, this would be a decision by the owners albeit a foolish one, with the clown from Dallas leading the parade.

  28. ndrick731 says: Jan 8, 2014 1:07 PM

    Why stop at 7. Why not 8? Then the regular season will mean nothing but home field for the top teams by Dec. 1st. Hell let everybody in and just have a round robin tournament. Why doesn’t Jerry and the NFL just come out and speak the real reason they want another team in. MONEY.
    THAT IS ALL THE LEAGUE IS INTERESTED IN. The concussion issue is only being addressed because the NFL will lose money if they don’t. The owners don’t give a damn about the players health after football because it can’t make them money. All Jerry Jones is is a rich jerkoff playing fantasy football with real people. And there are plenty of others doing the same.

  29. scaifem79 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:26 PM

    What most people do not seem to understand is that the main motivation for owning an NFL team is to make money (lots of it, actually). An expanding playoffs would make for higher profits through TV contracts and many other avenues for all NFL teams assuming fans continue to react to playoff games as they have in the past. This is the same logic tat causes many NFL owners to want an expanded season. The only risk is oversaturation, which while real is less than likely given that the football season would still be less than half the year. The point of expanding the playoffs is not to help the Cowboys, it is the help JJ’s wallet as it is with the other owners who desire this change. What amazes me are the fans who think that the point of owning a franchise is to see that franchise win games. That is only a means to an end (namely more profits). JJ’s franchise is the most valuable in the NFL. By that standard he is the most successful owner out there. This is especially true when you look at the growth in the financial worth of the team since he bought it. Most fans recognize this but still think he is a failure as an owner. It would be like calling Bill Gate a failure just because most buyers of Microsoft software never liked the product despite the fact that he made himself the world’s richest man through his management.

  30. cpfoy28 says: Jan 9, 2014 8:52 PM

    It won’t matter we’ll still miss the playoffs by 1 game.

  31. OnceACOWBOYFAN says: Jan 13, 2014 3:12 AM

    Cowboys…8 trips to SB… 5 wins … Thanks Landry , and Jimmy .
    Jerry, you need a butt … kicking

  32. gpete1962 says: Jan 13, 2014 7:24 AM

    The best shot JJ’s got to ever win another Superbowl is, he’s got to buy the team with the lead at halftime, during the superbowl !

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