NFL, Mark Murphy, Want to Expand Playoffs, Ditch Extra Point

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Mark Murphy

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been talking about the possibility of expanding the playoffs and eliminating the extra point this week. That will ultimately be up to the league’s owners, but Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy is already on board.

Murphy would get the vote for the Packers because you guys, the real owners of the team, don’t actually get anything other than to give the Packers your hard-earned money.

“Right now of the 32 teams only 12 make [the playoffs]. I don’t think we want to get where, not to criticize other sports, but, it seems like everybody makes it. If we did, the discussion would be one additional Wild Card team in each conference so it would still be less than 50 percent of the teams, 14 out of 32.”

Murphy went on to say he’s in favor of the change because, why else? More money and money is the only thing Murphy is ever concerned about.

“I would be in favor of it in the sense that it’s a way to add additional revenue.”

The good news is, adding another playoff game would likely mean the preseason is one week shorter. The bad news is it dilutes the field, so we’d probably have to watch clown shows like the Dallas Cowboys in the tournament.

“If we could (add two Wild Card teams), and make changes in the preseason, maybe eliminate a preseason game, something along those lines, cause our preseason, really, is not of a high quality anymore. So, I think that trade off would be really positive for the fans.”

The positive for the NFL is more television revenue from the extra postseason games. Plus, tickets for playoff games cost a hell of a lot more than tickets do for regular season or preseason games.

As for the extra point, the thought is they’ve become automatic, so why bother? From what I’ve heard, if the extra point is eliminated a touchdown would get a team seven points. They’d still have the option to go for two to get to eight, but if they failed they’d go back down to six.

That seems like a no brainer at this point. Anyone out there really fired up for an extra point anymore?

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

24 Comments on "NFL, Mark Murphy, Want to Expand Playoffs, Ditch Extra Point"

  1. FITZCORE1252

    I don’t care for scrapping the extra point. Misses and blocks, while rare, still happen and those can win or lose games. Idk, just not a fan.

    • Savage57

      If the problem is that it’s become ‘automatic’, just make it less so.

      1. Let defensive players do whatever they can to block it. No more can’t line up over center, can’t jump, whatever.

      2. Move the placement up 2-3 yards so the angle of the kick is more acute.

  2. TyKo Steamboat

    Bad idea. League is fine the way it is now…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    I would like to see the season have 16 games in 18 weeks with 2 Bye Weeks as oppose to just 1…
    I mean, who else was sickened by our Week 4 break this season? It was B.S. …& also, cut the preseason down from 4 games to 3.
    It would keep players fresher, improve quality & increase league revenue…this bullshit with the ridding of the XP is all about money. Makes me sick.
    They’re disrupting the games integrity.

  3. buster bluth

    Game(s) and integrity are words that should never be used back to back. This is a money making enterprise. Don’t confuse rules with integrity.

    • Phatgzus

      Uh, one of the main precepts of the Olympic games is integrity; in fact one of the many points of attractions for many different sporting “events” is the ability to display integrity in the face of defeat or victory.

        • Phatgzus

          And apparently the misuse of quotation marks and hypocrisy.

          There’s a significant difference between idealism and naïveté and provinciality, perhaps try not being so insular yourself and you’ll one day understand it.

          • buster bluth

            You started out writing about the nfl, then the olympics and ended up writing about quotation marks. You are well rounded.

          • Phatgzus

            And now, hyphens-it’s “well-rounded”. Hey, at least I started with football, and the Olympics reference was both a relevant example and a rhetorical device.

  4. Shawn Iltarion

    Messing with the PAT is a stupid thing, in my opinion.

    Expanding the playoffs is the same money-grabbing bullshit that every other effin sport is doing.

    Teams that have no business being in the playoffs get in every year as it is- probably including the Packers this season.

  5. Ivomitonvikingfans

    Goodell is a tool. These are just more bad ideas in a long line of bad ideas. What’s next? Adding soccer goals to try and improve global appeal? Just leave it alone. He is already taking this league down the NBA road. No defense and lot’s of scoring with over the top “look at me” celebrations. Just watch the NFL network promos. It is all kissing biceps and Superman.

  6. Arcturus

    This is a great window into what motivates Murphy… he doesn’t seem to give a shit about the quality of the league, just about “more revenue.” Let’s turn this into the XFL, maybe draw in some more losers.

  7. Lynn Fuckin' Dickey

    How about a new rule where the place kicker and punter must also play another position? No more kicking specialists sleepwalking through chip-shot field goals. Imagine watching Raji line up to kick the extra point, or Kuhn try to kick a coffin corner punt. Hilarity ensues.

    • Shawn Iltarion

      Absolutely, Lynn Effin Dickey!!!!

      Been saying that for years. All kickers should play other positions! No specialists.

  8. rebelgb

    Is this a joke? Please tell me this is a joke? How is this even being discussed? Mediocre teams in the NBA and the NHL make the playoffs because, well in those systems EVERYONE makes the playoffs. Really the regular season is a joke, and its one of the reasons that I dont WATCH THOSE FUCKING SPORTS. But heres the thing, at least those leagues have more than 16 games. I mean WTF? The NFL has 8-8 teams making the playoffs now, so whats next? a 6-9 team (and dont tell me its not possible)?

    The NFL product today, is watered down, diluted even more with an overwhelming amount of commercials, and a shell of what it used to be. The idea of dumbing it down even more is amazing to me.

    This game will be dead in 10 years.

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