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New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara Stands Firm Against NFL Playoff Expansion

May 21st, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson agree: the NFL should expand the playoffs. And why wouldn't they? After all, they are the two teams who, in recent years, would have stood the most to gain due to expanded playoffs. They have routinely missed the NFL's second season by an eyelash and adding an additional team to each conference would, in theory, bump their chances of success.

One man who does not agree with that — in fact, who stands firmly against it — is New York Giants co-owner John Mara, who is widely known as a traditionalist.

“I’ve always been against it,” Mara said. “I just like the way it is right now. I think we are diluting it too much.”

The largest issue for Mara — other than diluting the product and breaking tradition — is that the proposal calls for a No. 1 seed to receive a first-round bye, while the additional wildcard game takes place on Monday night, which also shortens the rest for the winning team.

"[A game] on a Monday night in January is not all that appealing," Mara added.

At least for 2014, the NFL Playoff format will remain in place as it has. However, when the NFL owners gather in Detroit in early October for their Fall meetings, it is expected to receive enough support that the expansion could occur as early as 2015. It also has the backing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, so Mara may soon be standing alone in his protest.


Tags: Dallas, Dallas Cowboys, Football, Jerry Jones, John Mara, New York, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, Woody Johnson

4 Responses to “New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara Stands Firm Against NFL Playoff Expansion”

  1.  rlhjr says:

    Glad to see Mr. Mara take the stance he has. Basically, the quality of play would be garbage. And what already is a war of attrition would become even more so.

    This is clearly another case of NFL greed. They must know that adding games will increase the possibility of key/star players being injured. This detracts from the quality as well as integrity of the games.

    The majority of the owners see more $$. What they don’t care about is the competitive ebb and flow which makes the playoffs exciting for real NFL fans.
    That competitive nature would be greatly diminished with key players being injured and unable to play their best or at all. The NFL need a big dose of “leave well enough alone” medicine.

    I like the fact that the NFL started “Heads Up” training kid how to tackle properly starting in Pop Warner and on up to college. It will hopefully be a mandatory part of every young football players training. I actually posted about the NFL starting such a program three years ago on this blog.

    Next to improve the game and show they really give a “FCK”. The NFL must research and find suitable supplements for the players that will help them build up and recover from injury. Hopefully enough research will be done to insure the supplements represent no harm to the players short or long term.

    That will help preserve the players WHEN (not if) the number of games is increased.

    Anything less will result in fans enduring the equivalent of “replacement games”. That would be sad indeed. And it could start a decline in the majestic reign of the NFL.

    All aspects of the game are rendered less exciting without star players.
    As far as I’m concerned, the NFL is the reason Gronk was injured.
    The defensive backs simply resolved to take shots at knees vice hitting in the chest and risk taking one of the ridiculous penalties handed out by the NFL.

  2.  Eric S says:

    Just an FYI for FF55, Berhe is 5’10″ 193 lbs. he’s not going to push Jaiqaun Willliams for the WILL position.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t think TE here has been bad except last year. I think the way the offense has been designed all that was required is good blocking and average receiving production. Really every year except last year we got what was needed from our TEs. I know this is a different offense but when you look at how GB used it’s TEs when Finley was injured it was in a similar manner. I think Robinson and co will be fine with that production. And think the fair question is catching. Blocking will be fine and guys are athletic enough to get open with all the attention our other weapons will get. The question is will they consistently catch the ball or at least consistently enough to produce.

    Like Eric mention Williams treat isn’t Berhe to me it’s Taylor because he has similar size and athletic ability. Maybe taylor replaces Williams role and Berhe that 3rd safety role. I still like Williams for that role but competition is good.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    With his speed and coverage ability, Juaquin Williams could be the Giants equivalent to Kam Chancellor. Although Chancellor is more a a box type he has enough mobility to get into passing lanes and encourage receivers to look for other things besides the football. I don’t think Williams has the same mean streak as Chancellor. I could be wrong. But Williams is closer to 225 than 245 pounds. He should really be at least considered for the third safety role in addition to his current WIL coverage duties.

    Of course Perry Fewell has the imagination of a cumquat. Pretty much convinced that Fewell has no clue/concept of using players in multi roles other than defensive lineman.

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