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Should we change the playoff structure?

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2008 5:08 pm EST

ept_sports_nfl_experts-290027906-1202335455.jpg?ymgL83.CnBZGwplTA small bit of news about the possibility of shaking up the NFL playoffs was buried, somewhat ironically, by the awesomeness of the playoffs themselves. To me, that suggests that the playoffs don't need changed, but what the ****, I'm open to new ideas.

Roger Goodell wants to make it so that in the first round of the playoffs, division winners wouldn't automatically have a home game. If they played a wildcard team that had a better record, the wild card team would get the game in their own crib.

The idea is that it gives teams more incentive to play hard throughout the end of the regular season, so we don't end up seeing something like a Charlie Batch vs. Jim Sorgi matchup in Week 17.

For example, this year, the Bucs couldn't have sat on their hands in weeks 16 and 17, knowing they had their division sewn up. If they wanted to play a home game in the first round, they'd have had to take the field in Week 17 with a line-up a with a little more firepower than was brought to the table by Luke McCown, Michael Bennett, and Chad Lucas.

I'm not opposed to this idea, necessarily. It makes perfect sense, and a team with a better record probably deserves a home game.

However, if it was put to a vote, I'd vote no, and here's why: If there's a coach out there who saw the Colts and Bucs tank the end of this season, and saw the Giants put forth a gargantuan effort with nothing to play for in Week 17, and then saw what happened in the playoffs, and that coach is still dumb enough to be letting his players collect rust over the last two weeks of the season, then I'm opposed to the league stepping in and saving this coach from his own idiocy.

If this year's postseason didn't hammer home the "tanking is bad" message for a coach, then he deserves a savage beatdown in the playoffs next year.

" Roger Goodell Considering Changing NFL Playoff Seeding Structure / Larry Brown Sports

" Commiss Considers Playoff Shakeup / NY Post

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But if your division was awful this year, then it shouldn't be so celebrated. The rest of the AFC East (12-36) was horrible and an afterthought of an accomplishment for the Patriots. They had history to make and that kept them playing.

The rest of the NFC South (18-30) wasn't good this year either. This would have given them a reason to keep their game face on in the final weeks.

I'm all for it. Something to see 16 weeks of competitive football. Remember, people are paying for season tickets which include weeks 16 and 17. Give them a show, the ticket cost as much as weeks 1-15.

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bigdawgintn (2/8/2008)
More than likely if you are a season ticket holder then you are somebody who knows football. If you have your division locked up and home field advantage by week 15 why should you play your stars 16 and 17 and take a chance on getting them hurt. You can make an argument for both sides.

Ohh before anyone gets upset, that if you are not a season ticket holder than you don't know anything about football, I meant that if you spent the money to buy season tickets then obviously you follow football closely, because people who don't follow football aren't going to pay that kind of money.

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bigduke633 (2/8/2008)
Biloxifalcon (2/8/2008)
The Giants won ALL of their playoff road games. What home field advantage?
The giants home games are in new jersey so there really arent any home games.

it's still a homegame, i went to the jets falcons preseason game, it takes like 10 minutes to get to the stadium when you're in the city

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bigdawgintn (2/8/2008)
I like the idea, however don't you run a risk of taking away from the accomplishment of winning your division?

IF YOU'RE IN THE NFC SOUTH, AND YOU WIN YOUR DIVISION WITH A 9-7 RECORD. AND YOU PLAY A WILD CARD FROM ANOTHER DIVISION WITH A 11-5 RECORD. SHOULD THE 9-7 DIVISION WINNER GET HOME FIELD? ...... NO HE SHOULD NOT. 11-5 WOULD HAVE WON THAT TEAM THE DIVISION HAD IT BEEN IN THE SOUTH. IT TAKES NOTHING AWAY FROM YOU WINNING YOUR DIVISON. IT WILL MAKE YOU PLAY HARDER IF YOU REALLY WANT HOME FIELD.:)

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REV.2000 (2/8/2008)
bigdawgintn (2/8/2008)
I like the idea, however don't you run a risk of taking away from the accomplishment of winning your division?

IF YOU'RE IN THE NFC SOUTH, AND YOU WIN YOUR DIVISION WITH A 9-7 RECORD. AND YOU PLAY A WILD CARD FROM ANOTHER DIVISION WITH A 11-5 RECORD. SHOULD THE 9-7 DIVISION WINNER GET HOME FIELD? ...... NO HE SHOULD NOT. 11-5 WOULD HAVE WON THAT TEAM THE DIVISION HAD IT BEEN IN THE SOUTH. IT TAKES NOTHING AWAY FROM YOU WINNING YOUR DIVISON. IT WILL MAKE YOU PLAY HARDER IF YOU REALLY WANT HOME FIELD.:)

i agree. the succaneers wouldnt have won this division any other year. the teams in the south just all had down years. either way they should have been playing AT the giants, not the other way around.

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bigdawgintn (2/8/2008)
I like the idea, however don't you run a risk of taking away from the accomplishment of winning your division?

Having a 10-6 record in the NFC East is more impressive than winning the NFC South at 9-7.

I'm all for this idea. One of the things I appreciate most about college football is the intensity from start to finish... and one of the things I loathe about the NFL season is how many teams just cruise to the end of the season and/or back into the playoffs.

I understand the NFL season is longer and tougher and that injuries are a big concern to teams who have secured a playoff spot, but these men are professionals... they get paid to play 16+ games a year, not settle for mediocrity when the competition isn't up to par.

Tampa Bay and Indianapolis have cost themselves by resting for a few weeks going into the playoffs... and in that regard, I do agree that they deserve to have their season destroyed by not playing the season out.

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