Playoff expansion is set to be a topic of conversation at the NFL owners' spring league meeting this week, and there's at least one head honcho who is in support of the notion.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is telling reporters it goes without saying that he wants more teams in the postseason for one simple reason.
“Would help my Cowboys,” he said.
But would it really?
Under the current format, 12 teams make the postseason -- the four division winners and two wild-card teams from each conference. The proposed change would add one more wild-card team each for the AFC and NFC.
In other words, the top seven teams from each conference would make the cut.
But since winning the NFC East in 2009, the Cowboys haven't finished any higher than ninth in the NFC. That's where they finished in each of the last two seasons, after coming in 10th in 2011 and 13th in 2010.
That means the league would have to add anywhere from three to seven playoff teams per conference -- or six to 14 teams overall -- before the Cowboys could start reaping the benefits of expansion.
And since that's not likely to happen, looks like Jones is going to have to find some other way of boosting his team's playoff chances -- like, maybe, actually getting better on the field.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times