Perhaps inspired by his team finishing just on the outside of the playoff picture in three consecutive seasons, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has come out in favor of the NFL expanding the playoff field.
“It just creates that much more excitement and that much more interest for people in those communities,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan, per the Dallas Morning News. “I fall on the side of the ledger that would increase the playoffs.”
It’s worth noting, as the Morning News’ Jon Machota points out, that even if the league had expanded from six playoff teams per conference to eight long ago, the Cowboys would still have missed the playoffs each of these past few years. The finished 9th in the NFC this year, 9th last year and 10th in 2011.
“The fact that you can have a team that might have literally operated at 500 percent or in that area, won half its ball games, you can have that team win the Super Bowl,” Jones said, “then that makes a big case for adding a couple more cities or communities that have NFL teams to the playoff mix.”
Jones’ interest in .500 teams is not surprising, of course. The Cowboys have finished 8-8 in each of Jason Garrett’s three full seasons as head coach.
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