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Expanding playoffs on table at owners meetings

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 12:59 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t put odds on the likelihood of the NFL playoff pool expanding from 12 teams to 14, but he did confirm that the number of clubs that qualify for the postseason will be debated heavily at this week’s owners meetings.

In a one-on-one interview with MMQB’s Peter King, Goodell said the following.

“The expansion of the playoffs will be discussed. There are a lot of factors that go into it. One, we want to be right when we do it … It’s something that we think has got a lot of merit from a competitive side, because it would actually add more teams to the race as you get toward the end of the season. There’s the broadcasting side of it. When would you play that extra game? [A seventh playoff team in each conference would leave] one bye for the first seed in each conference.”

Goodell admitted that a Wild Card game could appear on a Monday night, though college football’s national title game could be a conflict.

The Commissioner also said stadium ticket sales are an issue too knowing that if a team closes the regular season with two home games and then has three home playoff games after that it could be a lot to ask of the fans based in northern climates.

“We have a lot to balance,” Goodell told King.


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Marrone on board with two rules changes

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 25, 2014 – 1:05 pm

There may not be a revolutionary revision of NFL playing rules this week at the owners meetings in Orlando, but there already are some changes.
After meeting Tuesday morning, NFL teams voted to adopt two rules changes.
One proposal extends protection of “roll-up blocks” from behind to include such blocks from the side.
The other change adopted allows the on-field official to be in contact with the Officiating Command Center in New York for every instant replay review.
Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone says as a former offensive lineman, and offensive line coach in the league, he is strongly in favor of the roll-up block rule.
“Being a former offensive lineman, from a player safety standpoint, obviously we don’t want that,” Marrone said, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “We don’t want people rolling up people or on the back of their legs.”
NFL teams also approved use of a limited centralized replay review system, with Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino and his staff consulting with the on-field officials during reviews.
The entire interview with Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone will be aired tonight on The John Murphy Show podcast.


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