Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson speaks at the Super Bowl XLVIII handoff ceremony to the Arizona host committee at Super Bowl Boulevard on Broadway. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Woody Johnson In Favor of Playoff Expansion

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Woody Johnson is never shy when the microphone is around. Anything from politics to the football team, Woody Johnson is always willing to chat, and chat honestly. This week at minicamp, it was no different.

The subject was the NFL playoffs, and the expansion of those playoffs.

There is great debate on the subject, and the owners have tabled the discussion for now.

On one side, there is the fear of watering down the playoffs by having too many teams involved. On the other side, adding two more teams makes the season that much more competitive. Woody Johnson, for what it’s worth, is in favor of expanding the playoffs:

“There are good arguments on both sides, and I haven’t gone into it in maybe the depth that we will,” Johnson said this week at Jets minicamp, per The Star Ledger. “We’re going to study it hard. But I kind of like it. I kind of like the idea of more playoff games. We’re still below other sports (in terms of the number of teams that make the playoffs).”

It’s really no surprise that Woody wants to expand the playoffs, since his team finished 8-8 and just outside the playoffs. Personally, I am not in favor of expanding the playoffs, as it opens up too much risk for your 7-9 teams to get in.

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  • AC

    Yeah, not surprising that Woody would want to expand. Anything that makes him more money he will be in favor of. Even if the Jets didn’t make the extended playoffs, there would be more games which would mean more shared revenues for Woody. Teams can still make the playoffs at 7-9 if their division is bad enough, so there is no reason to expand the tournament to include a bunch of teams that are .500 at best or below. I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up doing it though.