Stephen Jones doesn’t “see a big appetite for realignment”

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Earlier this week, Broncos coach Vic Fangio threw out the idea of doing away with divisions.

His proposal would have NFC teams play the other 15 NFC teams and AFC teams play the other 15 AFC teams. The final game on a 16-game schedule, Fangio suggested, ideally would involve some sort of a rivalry game such as Eagles-Steelers, Cowboys-Texans and Jets-Giants.

The top six teams in each conference would advance to the postseason.

It’s a nice idea that creates a lot of discussion. It’s also not going to happen.

Fangio’s suggestion was borne out of the NFC East’s struggles this season. The division winner could have a losing record, leaving the Cowboys or Eagles to host the second-place finisher in the NFC West, which figures to have one of the best records in the NFL.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, a member of the Competition Committee, pooh-poohed Fangio’s idea.

“I don’t see that,” Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan. “I think too many people are traditionalists here and believe in the way we’ve done things with divisions. You’re going to have the odd year where eight divisions all are not playing well. Historically, the [NFC] East has been strong in our league. But obviously this year certainly being pointed out that the East is struggling more than normal, but I certainly don’t see a big appetite for realignment.”

29 responses to “Stephen Jones doesn’t “see a big appetite for realignment”

  1. They should keep it as is, EXCEPT something like if the team that wins their division has a losing record, they should be disqualified from their playoff spot and that spot goes to a team with winning record. Why reward for losing?

  2. I’ve been saying this for 30 years now. Get rid of divisions. No need to play teams twice. The way it is now could really bite if a team wins their division at 6-10 or 5-11. It is possible.

  3. Divisions form rivalries which drives fan viewership. You will lose that if you eliminate divisions. It’s rare a losing team wins their division and 2 wild cards allow teams with good records to still reach the playoffs. Nothing needs to be changed in my opinion.

  4. It won’t change. Nor should it. Division winners with a 500 record or worse dont happen very often. Once, maybe twice a decade. Rivalries are important. Steelers-raven, Seahawks-49ers come to mind. And I’m not a fan of any of those teams but they’ve been fun to watch over the years. Yes, the nfc east is weak this year, but they had 2 of the nfc playoff teams just last season.

  5. I’m grateful most people think this is a stupid idea.

    If the NFL got rid of divisions, interest in the game would tank. Football is a sport, not a math problem! A team with a poor record winning their division is weird and interesting (and rare). Sixth seeds do reach and win the Super Bowl, you know.

    As a Steelers fan, my first hope on day one is beating the Ravens. Period. But if geniuses like Fangio get rid of divisions, Baltimore would just be one of 15 other teams… Rivalries would fade and fans would drift away, guaranteed.

  6. Dumb idea even in the NBA there are times when a team is like 40-42 in the east and still gets in the playoff and 42-40 or multiple teams in the west with that record miss the playoffs keep it the way it is. Raiders v chiefs cowboys vs giants or eagles steelers v ravens or browns bears vs packers you think the league wants to kill them rivalries. I’m a Raiders fan no teams I love playing and going to see the most like our rivals chiefs or broncos no matter our records….

  7. Sure keep it the way it is, especially after this year with 18 teams currently below .500 = what a huge success it is huh? And getting worse every year!

    I see the NFL going the NASCAR route and its already started with all the empty seats around the league every week, sure people will still watch…… but from HOME!

  8. bird2urmother says:
    December 13, 2019 at 8:26 pm
    It won’t change. Nor should it. Division winners with a 500 record or worse dont happen very often. Once, maybe twice a decade.

    Funny thing is when there were just 3 divisions of a minimum of 5 teams IT NEVER HAPPENED, NOT ONCE!

  9. Realignment? Yes, how about Miami in the South, Baltimore in the East, and Indianapolis in the North…

    Or Carolina in the East and Dallas in the South.

    You know, GEOGRAPHY! Oh I forgot, this is the league that didn’t accept high school physics for cold weather ball air pressure.

  10. what are clowns like fangio and jones doing spouting off about future scheduling possibilities instead of focusing on job one – improving their horrible teams?

  11. Completly obliterate all inter-conference play and trash decades old divisional rivalries?

    Enough already with the clown show commentary, Victor. Stick to coaching, preferably as a coordinator.

  12. Of course. The current system guarantees him 6 easy wins. I don’t know why Dallas is not in the NFC South. NFL might have rigged it that way so as to keep Jones quiet. Keeping him quiet is an impossible task.

  13. Most people don’t like this idea but try being in the NFC North where you have to play the Zebrariders twice a year. I’m sure the Bears, Lions, and Vikings wouldn’t mind this idea.

  14. Divisions drive the sport more than any other sport. If you get rid of them the sport will suffer. As an Eagles fan my rival my rival is not the Steelers, it’s the Least teams

  15. “I don’t see that,” Jones said.

    I don’t see why anyone cares about the opinion of someone who is the living epitome of nepotism gone bad…

  16. If Fangio’s idea was adopted, new rivalries would form, and there’s no reason for existing division rivalries to disappear. Eliminating divisions doesn’t eliminate teams. The schedule would simply alternate so games played in one city would be played in the other city the next year. It would also allow for some realignment to better associate teams with their actual geographical location. For those who don’t know, Dallas is not in the east.

    This idea has merit because it would actually improve the odds of the best teams making the playoffs and provide schedule balance.

  17. They just need to apply the democratic strategy to the schedule. Instead of individual games the whole season is one big contest. The team that scores the most points during the year wins it all. Why should those blowout wins not count extra? Just keep adding each week’s points to the total. A team could win only one game and still be the champions if the margin of victory was large enough. Why wouldn’t the team that scores the most points not win it all? Problem solved.

  18. I see my idea has been mentioned. Below .500 teams get credit for winning the Division but do not advance to postseason. That spot would go to an additional wild card team.

  19. I think it’s a great idea and I agree with the idea of new rivalries forming! How many playoffs do the Pats make in the last 15 years without those 6 auto wins in the afc east?

  20. I just can’t understand why there are so many people “FOR” a loser team being rewarded with a home playoff game? Before realignment in 2002 there was NEVER a team under .500 in the Playoffs, but since then teams with losing records have made the Playoffs twice with a good chance of it happening again this year.

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