For the fourth straight year, the Dallas Cowboys will spend the beginning weeks of the new year doing something other than football. They missed the 2013 postseason when they lost the NFC East division title to the Philadelphia Eagles on week 17.
As a result, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is a proponent of an extended playoff system for the coming years. From ESPN,
“From the standpoint of looking at how exciting it is for a city or a community to be involved in the playoffs and the fact that you can have a team that might have literally operated at .500 or in that area … you can have that team win the Super Bowl,” Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan. “That makes a big case for adding a couple of more cities or communities that have NFL teams to the playoffs.
“It just creates that much more excitement and that much more interest for people in those communities. So I fall on the side of the ledger that would increase the playoffs.”
It’s to no surprise that there are people like Jones who want more teams in the playoffs, especially those who just barely missed the playoffs this season.