Every Year when we get to this point,it always strikes me that the playoffs seem over before theyve begun.I suppose that is due to the conditioning of a seven game series in every other major sport,but for what ever reason,the NFL playoffs are often anticlimatic for me (except when my team wins,lol).
So I got to thinking do you guys have any Ideas to extend the season and add more Drama to how it plays out.FOr instance heres whacky Idea 1.0.
10 teams per confrence.
Rather then stay within confrences, weight all twenty teams based on w/l offense, defense,TDs however many statistical criteria you need to establish a twenty team ranking.
and so on throught the first round.
This would create a greater mystery to who you would get in the first round, Division Rival,out of Confrence,its all on the table based on performance in the season.
This also would eliminate any Bi$ching about running scores up,because every point would count.Also Teams with similar records couldnt rest players because the outcome of the rankings could be up for grabs until the last snap of the regular season.
That first weekends games would be played over one weekend with 5 games perday begining at 9am(9-12,12-3,3-6,6-9,9-12).I dont know about you guys but there have been days in the regular season when Ive watched the early game, the noon game, nfl gam day, the late game, and sportscenter before Im done with football for the day,(around 10pm) so having a game start @ 9pm and end around midnight would bother me one little bit.
In the second round,The remaining ten teams are receded.Based on the outcomes.
If twenty happened to beat one, they are the new #1, If #2 beat #19 they would remain #2.
This would increase excitement and Drama.
If Dallas was #20 and won on the Road and suddenly had a home game the next week that no one was expecting,can you imagine the frenzy around getting into that Game?
@ the end of Round 2,there would be 5 teams left.These teams would again be receded.
the new #1 would recieve a Bye week.And the remaining Four would play each other down to Two,leaving three teams.To round out the final four the highest ranked(from the initial 20 team rankings) would be allowed back in, this would be a "true" wild card.
I get that rewarding a team for losing in the playoffs is counter credible,but again,it makes every play, every score an asset to pocket in the Regular season.
It allows the overall Number one the chance to get back in if they have a terrible game, or even a team that was near the middle if games go as the ranking suggests might wind up as the "wildcard" and get back in.
I think that it would generate a continued interest among the fans of all twenty teams until the completion of round three.
the last two games between the remaining four teams I would play at neutral sites dedicated for the semi championship.
Cities without NFL teams ,could petition for being the permanent home site for these last two games.Hey,if half of Michigan can fly to Pasadena for the rose bowl, then half of Boston could fly to nebraska to see the Pats play the 49ers in a semi final match up.
this might be a nuisance to hometown fans ticked off that they dont have the means to get to that game, but it would also generate a lot of additional revenue to a lot of league partners as well as travel industry just as the SB does.
Then the SB would be held as it always is @ a nuetral site with all the hoopla.
This would extend out our playoff season,by two full weeks and make it a lot more intersting(IMO)...any other ideas out there?