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May 20, 2014

Jerry Jones lobbying for playoff help: Expanded NFL postseason ‘’would help my Cowboys”

The NFL tabled discussions Tuesday on expanded playoffs to the fall owners meetings.

But owner Jerry Jones left no doubt that he favored adding more teams to the current playoff format because it would be good for the league and great for a Cowboys team that has missed the postseason each of the last four years.

An unapologetic Jones said it would “give us a better chance to get in the playoffs.”

“I am pleased that we’re looking at expanding the playoffs,” Jones said to reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Atlanta. “I think what a playoff means to a team and to a city is unquestioned. Now, from the Cowboys standpoint, maybe it will give us a better chance to be in the playoffs, so I’m an easy vote on this one.

“Seriously, I think it really enhances what we’re always trying to do, and that’s fan interest. Any time, at such a critical time for teams to be able to show their fans that they’re doing the kinds of things that maybe gives you a chance for a Super Bowl, that’s going in the right direction. I can’t help but make the case for the Cowboys on this issue.”

The ugly truth from a Cowboys perspective is that even if the league had added two teams to the playoffs the past four years, it would haven’t made a difference.

The Cowboys finished 6-10 in 2010 and 8-8 in each of the last three seasons and would not have qualified under and an expanded format.

Yes adding more team theoretically would give the Cowboys a better chance of getting in.

But their primary focus should be improving their .500 record rather than hoping to get in because the league lowered the bar for admission.

Clarence E. Hill Jr

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