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Major rule changes unlikely for NFL in 2014

NFL fans and teams should not expect an expanded playoff field or a centralized replay system to be implemented for the 2014 season.

According to the Associated Press, the NFL Competition Committee is unlikely to tamper too heavily with the sport in the coming year.

In the report, New York Giants owner John Mara commented on the subject league-wide replay.

“There’s still a lot of discussion to be done,” New York Giants owner John Mara said when asked about using one location to determine replay reviews. “I think it’s going to be difficult to get done on that this year.”

Mara also discussed the addition of another team from each conference being included into the current playoff structure, something that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the committee would also explore.

“I like the way it works right now and I would be a little nervous about watering it down,” he said. “We did have a situation this year where a 10-win team didn’t get in the playoffs and that’s tough to stomach. We were in that situation a few years ago, and (expansion) would pretty much ensure that didn’t happen.”

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  • loverpoint

    So Dallas and the NYG’s now want an additional Wild Card team. Why not have 4 Wild Card teams that way having an 18 game regular season would be meaningless when half the teams would make it into the playoffs.

    The NFL needs to add 8 more team franchises , one for each division before they raise the number of games to 18 and even think about have 8 teams from each conference in the playoffs.

  • loverpoint

    The NFL wants more playoff games so they can get increases in TV revenue. Yet they will not invest in their own product ( the NFL ). America this is how many of these billionaire NFL owners run their other businesses, they raise prices without giving the public a better product.

    The poor officiating and the owners denial of a problem is an insult to the general publics intelligence.

    If they increase the number of playoff games and refuse to make officiating better then I hope people unite and go on strike and cancel their cable TV packages. That would force change.

  • Dr Muon Funk

    Mara seems to have more power and say than he really should.

    • loverpoint

      I agree but his family is old NFL so when he talks people listen.

  • SmartThinking

    Expanding the number of playoff teams weakens the value of making the playoffs in the first place. If half the teams make it to the post season, then mediocrity has won once again. Keep the playoffs like they are. Invest in your teams and make them better. If you’ve done a good job, you get there. Otherwise, you don’t.

    • JoeDaBeast

      The NHL is like that now. No one really cares about the season, because unless you were a really bad team, you made the playoffs. It was not that long ago that teams like the Browns were winning the AFC Central with 8-8 records.

  • loverpoint

    Goodell set the officiating back 15 yards by allowing referees to make judgmental calls against players for using racial slurs . The penalty would result in a 15 yard penalty, ejection and a fine.

    This opens the door for corrupt officials to dictate the outcome of the game.