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2014 not goal for expanded playoffs
Updated: March 26, 2014, 12:59 PM ET
By Jeff Legwold | ESPN.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn't slam the door Wednesday on the possibility of expanding the league's playoff field for the 2014 season, but he said there is more work to be done and getting it done for the upcoming season is not the goal.

"It's not out of the question, but we didn't make that decision at all," Goodell said. "We have more work to do. I wouldn't rule it out, but I wouldn't say that's the direction we're heading right now."



Goodell made his remarks as the NFL's meetings wrapped up. The league's competition has supported the idea of expanding the playoff field from 13 to 14 teams -- seven in each conference -- for the last two years.

Goodell said the team owners and other team executives discussed expansion of the playoffs this week and may take up the topic again at the league meeting in May.

"I think there's a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but there are also things we want to make sure we do it right," Goodell said. "We've been very incremental when trying to do this. But we believed it could make our races toward the end of the season even more exciting, more teams vying for playoffs positions which is great for our fans.

"But we still want to do some additional work including talking with the players' association, we have a meeting scheduled for April 8 and this will be one of the things we'll probably discuss. And then we'll also have to talk to broadcast partners and there's some scheduling issues we still need to work through."

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who is also the co-chairman of the league's competition committee, said much of the discussion that remains surrounds scheduling an extra game in the opening round if only one team gets a bye in each conference.

"We deal with a six-day schedule at this point if you play in the first game on a Sunday and play in the next round on a Saturday," Fisher said. "The question is you want to make sure how road games fit and if we have a Monday game to go on the road that next week can be difficult. It's just part of the things we're discussing."

"There are some questions there," Denver Broncos coach John Fox said. "Is it triple-headers? Different days? I think there's support, but people want to know how it's going to work."

Goodell also said Wednesday that when he meets with NFLPA reps on April 8 they will discuss several issues, including workplace behavior in the wake of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal. Goodell has met with 40 players overall from nine different teams in recent weeks.

"They want a professional workplace and we owe it to them," Goodell said. "And we're going to work with them to try and create that. Locker rooms are unique so there are unique things we have to think about, we want them to be professional, we want them to be comfortable for everybody in that locker room and that they can focus on doing their job. That's what we all owe them."


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Enough sh*tty teams make the playoffs already


Seriously.  Of all the completely idiotic and awful ideas Goodell has come up with in his time, this is far and away the dumbest of them all.  As great as it would be for the Jets to make the playoffs more often, currently 37.5% of the league makes it in any given year.  That is more than enough.  The more you look to expand it, the less meaningful the regular season becomes.

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just go to 75 man rosters, 25 games, and everybody makes the playoffs already, and put corporate ads on the helmets


and oh yeah, we love our players !


We can't allow extra points, players might get hurt!!


btw, let's add more games in both the regular season and postseason. k thnx

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This is going to happen, though.  No way the NFLPA goes for an 18 game regular season, so expanded playoffs is the compromise that will line the onwers' pockets even more.  So long as the cash cow has milk, you've got to squeeze those nipples.

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Zero people who aren't NFL owners want this.


As a dear, dear friend of the owners - we all are - I applaud this. It is these great men who bring us fooseball every year. They bring us true joy. They adjust to keep us safe - never again will a nipple be allowed to desecrate our sacred rituals, particularly in front of the children. They give us something to do every Sunday of the cold months, Jah knows what shenanigans we all might get into otherwise! They've brought nothing but opportunity to URBAN YOUTH. There are few people who care more than these guys. If there's anyway Mr. Goodell can help make money to get them out of a tight spot then we need to help make it happen. 


Honestly, how else is Woody going to get back the money Calvin Pace stole? How is he going to make money on a Wilkerson extension? That poor guy who owns the Bucs might have had to take out a second mortgage to pay Revis. If we want foosball, and omg I'm basically nuts for it, then we need to make sure these owners are financially secure enough to make it happen. 

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