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'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

Posted on: January 2, 2011 11:53 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2011 11:56 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

First of all, hats off to the Seattle Seahawks for showing up on Sunday night and beating St. Louis. They're 7-9, but they're the NFC West champions and they're going to the playoffs.

No one can take that away from them.

But someone (like, say Roger Goodell) can stop people from being forced to watch a team with a losing record host a home playoff game ever again. And it needs to happen as soon as the final whistle for the Super Bowl blows, because, frankly, it's embarrassing that the Saints will travel to Seattle next week.

I'm actually not staunchly opposed to the idea that if you win your division, you get in the playoffs. Andy and I have argued at length over this during pretty much every podcast since it became apparent someone was going to limp into the playoffs with a terrible record out of the NFC West. And, for me at least, the whole "it's cyclical" explanation works fine.

Every team -- except for the 49ers -- in this putrid division has been in a Super Bowl at least once over the last decade, and San Francisco has more than enough historical success to make up for their recent terrible play.

It's also clear that the Cardinals are a quarterback away from not being horrible, and you could say the same for the Niners. The Rams could dominate the division once they find some actual playmakers who have hands, and the Seahawks, well, heck, they already won their division title.

So let's not go and blow things up and simply take the top-six teams in each conference, because that defeats the entire purpose of having divisions.

But it's absolutely imperative that the NFL determine some manner to re-seed the playoffs beginning in the next season. There's no possible way to say that the Seahawks are better than either the Packers or Saints, and yet New Orleans, who didn't fall short of the No. 1 overall NFC seed, actually has to travel to Seattle on a short week to play in front of a rowdy crowd.

Could the Seahawks win? Sure. It's the NFL and anyone can win. But that doesn't mean that seeding teams in a blatantly inaccurate manner based on an antiquated notion that winning your division equals a home game is the way keep going.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:03 am

'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:46 pm
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Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:29 pm

'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

Jsut reviewing..and you make good points.

I think ideally you want the best teams (not deserving teams...that is all subjective) in the playoffs.

Scheduling in the NFL for non divisional and non conference play is always questionable....based supposedly on "record".....hmmm

As the last few years can't make those determinations fairly.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:29 pm

'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

I simply want to endorse bigbyrd's comments.  Obviously he makes a very compelling case for how a simple change to the playoff structure could improve the integrity and competitiveness of the league.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:24 pm

'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

I think everyone is overlooking the best and main benifit of fixing the playoff seeding based on team record. The final week would still have meaning for almost every team. The patriots would have been the only team this year with nothing to play for in week 17. The eagles would not have been able to treat the game against Dallas as an expensive scrimage. The saints would have had to play the game like they were not locked in the 5 seed position with Drew Brees sitting out the bulk of the 4th qtr in a 7 point game. The Bears Packers game would have had playoff implications for both teams.However, to the Bears credit they did play the game like it had meaning to them.
The saints having to go on the road to play a Seattle team that won its division on the football field in an honest and fair manner is not a problem to me. However, having teams get in because the other team took a week off because they had nothing to play for that week is one. That didn't happen this year but it has happened in the past with much greater frequency than a 7 win team hosting a playoff game and it is a much bigger issue because it involves the integrity and fairness of the game.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:03 pm

'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

@ WatchingYouLose - Fair enough, but you get my point.

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:28 pm

'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

Its looks like a bunch a Fantasy Football Players, trying to change the rules.
Head-to-Head, Points Based System.
Scoring based on total stats each period.
Ties in the standings are resolved in this order: Winning Percentage, Total Points.

Like playing Fantasy Football You can win your division, but not play in any Playoffs, if your record sucks congrats you won your division. Going by this rule why have division at all, the outcome will be the same. Glory but no Super Bowl.

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:12 pm

'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

Why not propose a playoff system like the NHL?I agree divisonal winners should qualify and this season appears to be a bit of an anamoly. But if you seeded teams by record then the home teams would be justiied.

Or why not have two conferences...or set up two divisions in each conference rather then 3? And have teams scheduled to play each division foe once during the season rather than twice...with inter divisional and conference games sprinkled in?

I know it goes against the grain a bit...but there used to be an AFL and NFL...and with no inter conference games other than the superbowl...and that to me was atually more interseting...hey you can't play each team every year anyway...........

Obviously not only the NFL but the NCAA needs to do something......

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:03 pm

'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

Revamping everything would be too much, revamping nothing is too little. Basically, the problem is with the occasional stinker team winning a divisional title, which I think is relatively easy to address: whenever a team wins a division at .500 or below, they are then seeded according to their record. Other than that, the seedings would remain the same: divisional winners are seeded above wild cards, regardless of record.

Face it, there is no way to make it completely 'fair', but this would address a situation that really steams people, and for what I see as pretty good reason. However, let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater; the NFL is the king of sports, now and in the foreseeable future, and too much meddling will likely only make things worse. See: BCS.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:22 pm

'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

I thoughwriters had fact finders to help with things like this entire article.

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