For months we've heard rumors hinting that the NFL had considered the idea of expanding its playoffs, a topic which was likely to be discussed during an NFL-NFLPA meeting this week. However, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the topic was never discussed despite a suggestion from commissioner Roger Goodell that such talks could take place.
Goodell stated in late March that he felt playoff expansion had heavy interest, possibly to the point of 'support', so the lack of talks is a bit perplexing.
"I think there is a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support," Goodell said after ownership discussed the topic this week. "But there are also things we still want to make sure we do right. We've been very incremental in trying to do this. But we believe competitively it could make our races toward the end of the season even more exciting, more teams vying for playoff positions, which is great for our fans."
While there was never any official confirmation, rumors circulated suggesting that the NFL could begin the 14-team playoff expansion format as soon as the 2015 season. However, it's possible the lack of reported talks may delay such an expansion at this point.
Fans have shown mixed support for the proposed rule change, with some suggesting it would benefit the league by giving fans a rooting interest and others arguing an expanded playoff field would water down the postseason.
Interesting to hear there was no talk of playoff expansion during the NFL/NFLPA meeting today. Goodell had mentioned there might be.MORE COVERAGE: SI64: Our complete list of the top 64 prospects in 2014 NFL draft
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2014