Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson speaks at the Super Bowl XLVIII handoff ceremony to the Arizona host committee at Super Bowl Boulevard on Broadway. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jets' owner Woody Johnson on expanding the NFL Playoffs: I like the idea of more games

One of the more pressing issues that has been discussed this NFL offseason has been the theory that the playoff format should undergo a bit of change. More specifically, there have been widespread talks about actually expanding the playoffs going forward, adding two more teams to the group.

Of course, as with any issue such as this, you get responses from both sides of the fence. Some believe that expanding the playoffs would be good for the league, mainly in the revenue department, while there are some that say it would water down the race for the Lombardi Trophy by adding in mediocre teams.

Well, we now know how New York Jets owner Woody Johnson feels about the idea: He likes it.

“There are good arguments on both sides, and I haven’t gone into it in maybe the depth that we will,” Johnson said this week at Jets minicamp, per The Star Ledger. “We’re going to study it hard. But I kind of like it. I kind of like the idea of more playoff games. We’re still below other sports (in terms of the number of teams that make the playoffs).”

Well this isn’t really all that surprising at all, especially when you consider that the Jets tend to be one of those middle-of-the-road teams that could benefit a few times from playoff expansion.


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  • trinity

    It seems like all the mediocre teams are in favor of playoff expansion. jets and cowboys have expressed desire. Spoken like true losers. how about they actually win and get in now instead of crawling in on some expansion rule?

  • speakincreeker

    I love the Jets but Woody is an idiot. I call him ‘The Turnip’ for good reason.

  • Norman Robart

    it’s past time to cut the playoffs back to the division winners in each conference and the best non division winner in each conference. this would reward teams for performing and stop diluting the value.

  • EllisWyatt

    The NFL is blinded by its high television revenues. They see the money coming in and they think everything is fine, but long-time fans like me know the NFL is a shadow of its former self. No passion, little intensity, and teams just copying what other teams did to be successful. Where are the innovative offenses and defenses? Why is everything a variant of the West Coast Offense, which I think has ruined the game? Where are the nasty rivalries like Raiders-Steelers of the 1970′s? it’s no surprise that the owners want another round of playoffs. Most of these owners don’t know the first thing about building a championship team, so of course they want to let as many teams in as possible. Maybe by some fluke a 9-7 or 8-8 team can win a Super Bowl and they won’t have to lift a finger to build the team.

  • AC

    Its already possible for a 7-9 team or 8-8 team to get into the playoffs if they are in a weak division, so why extend the number of playoff teams out there? Its all about the shared revenue, the NFL owners will get more money if there is an extra week of football, regardless if their team makes the playoffs or not. And if they do make the playoffs, well then all the better for them. It would be pretty stupid to fire a coach this year if he doesn’t make the playoffs, only to find out the next year that with the same situation the year before, the team would have made the playoffs. They keep hyping player safety, yet they want to add more games, and every team has to play a Thursday game, with less recovery time assuming they don’t have a bye week prior to their Thursday game. The NFL constantly contradicts itself.

  • The Truth

    Let’s just play the regular season for seeding. And don’t worry about injuries. It’s all about money. Theses are filthy rich yet it’s still not enough.

  • Thug Peterson

    Even if every team made the playoffs the jets still wouldn’t make it