Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; (left to right) Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, president Michael Bidwill and head coach Bruce Arians celebrate after beating the Detroit Lions 25-21 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals president Bidwill favors more playoff teams


The Arizona Cardinals won 10 regular season games this year, yet they watched the Green Bay Packers go to the playoff with an 8-7-1 record because the Packers won the NFC North. This is one of the main arguments behind increasing the amount of teams that reach the NFL postseason.

Earlier today, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talked about expanding the playoffs as a way to increase the competitiveness in the league.  Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said Thursday he is also in favor of the NFL expanding the playoffs, although he isn’t willing to give 100 percent backing yet.

“I am in favor conceptually of expanding the playoffs,” Bidwill said during an interview on Arizona Sports 98.7. “The question of how and where and all that stuff, I don’t want to get ahead of seeing the analysis. I want to make sure we look at the data and listen to the debate. I want to see and hear what is best for the game. But I think we should have an expanded playoffs, and not just because it was us that didn’t get in this year. Because it is the right thing for the game.”

If the playoffs do get expanded, the league will most likely add one team per conference, thereby giving only the No. 1 seed in each conference a first-round bye.

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