Roger Goodell said today that a possible extension to the NFL playoffs is 'under serious consideration'. The commissioner made the statement during an interview with former Associated Press White House correspondent Ben Feller on NFL.com.
Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones said last week that he would be in support of a playoff extension after the Cowboys missed the postseason for the fourth successive season. "It just creates that much more excitement and that much more interest in those communities." said Jones.
Goodell agreed; "That (an extension) is under serious consideration. We think it's one of the great things about the NFL, besides the fact it's unscripted. Every team and their fans start the season with hope... Thats because we have such a competitive league and we want to keep that."
The commissioner did say however, that he did not see a re-seeding of the playoffs in the future despite two teams playing road games this year against teams with worse regular season records. "One of the premises we start every season with is that your first objective is to win the division. And when you win the division, you should have a home game."
The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) and the Arizona Cardinals (10-6) would have been the teams to have benefitted from an extension this year and would have faced games against the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers respectively over the wild card weekend.
Goodell gave no dates when a possible extension would be put into place and any drastic changes in playoff structure will surely take some time to come to fruition.