Bidwill favors expanded playoffs

Posted by Darren Urban on January 30, 2014 – 8:37 pm

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said Thursday he is one of those who is in favor of the NFL expanding the playoffs, although he isn’t willing to give 100 percent backing yet.

“I am in favor conceptually of expanding the playoffs,” Bidwill said during an interview on Arizona Sports 98.7. “The question of how and where and all that stuff, I don’t want to get ahead of seeing the analysis. I want to make sure we look at the data and listen to the debate. I want to see and hear what is best for the game. But I think we should have an expanded playoffs, and not just because it was us that didn’t get in this year. Because it is the right thing for the game.”

The Cardinals, who went 10-6, would have been the seventh NFC team in the postseason (six make it to the playoffs now). If the postseason is grown, adding one team per conference is the most likely change.

— Bidwill, talking about the Super Bowl coming back to Arizona in a year and the plan to bring future Super Bowls to the Valley:

“We are all, the Cardinals included, are giving to make sure we get this. From the corporate world, the government side, the public sector side, so we can continue to work hard and compete to be in these (Super Bowl) rotations. It’s a $500 million economic impact. It is invaluable from a tourism standpoint and everything else. We will continue to go after big games. We are a finalist for the Final Four, we’ve got the (college football) championship game for 2016. We as a community and a state will continue to do that.”

— Bidwill, addressing the many free agents of the Cardinals and other offseason issues, like Larry Fitzgerald’s bulky contract:

“It’s a lot of planning and working things out and there might be a person or two that we don’t see eye to eye on the number and there are negotiations,” Bidwill said. “But this is like this every year and people get fired up about it … but I think everything will work itself out. I really feel confident about that. We will build a better team and have a lot of those (free agents) back, restructure some deals and do what is in the best interests of the team.”

(Bidwill told Kent Somers early talks with Fitzgerald’s agents have already begun.)

As for the free agent process for other team’s players, “I’ll let Steve (Keim) and Bruce (Arians) get into the particulars,” Bidwill said. “There are going to be some great free agents out there and we plan to be aggressive in a few areas and then plan to do what we do best, which is draft.”

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  1. By Hammy on Jan 31, 2014 | Reply

    Oh gone are the days of daddy Bidwill not giving a damn about this team. Oh how sweet the sound to hear Michael Bidwill say that they are going to be agressive in free agency and do what we do best and draft! As a long time fan suffering through some of the worst seasons EVER! I really like the direction our team is going in, and cant wait for free agency and the draft to begin. Who will join us on the bandwagon as we begin our road to next years Superbowl???

    If the playoffs were expanded, yes we are in and I actually think we had so much momentum going into the final game against San Fran, that we could have represented the NFC in this years Superbowl.

  2. By Eazy E on Jan 31, 2014 | Reply

    Why do I think he’s saying that because we missed the playoffs instead of it being the best for the NFL?! He said he wasn’t but yeah what else is he supposed to say regarding that situation?! I do like to hear we’ll be aggressive getting our guys back and getting some other guys in here to help us.

  3. By 'Zona Fan on Jan 31, 2014 | Reply

    We should be fine. We have great leadership on this team – from Michael Bidwell, to Keim, to Arians and his staff. They’ll figure it out and have the team ready to nail down a playoff spot next year.

    It’d be nice to see the playoffs expand by just a little. Of course they shouldn’t go letting half the league in or something crazy, but there’s usually a couple teams that don’t make it in who really deserve it. Go Cardinals!!

  4. By Dynosoar on Jan 31, 2014 | Reply

    I like what Michael Bidwill brings to the team. I don’t see how one extra team in the playoffs makes a difference or how the bracket would work. I say eight teams per conference and skip the bye week for the top seeds, or ten and keep the bye. 16 teams total is half the league, that should work.

    Truthfully though, I think keeping it at 12 teams total is a good thing. The question is to keep the current Division Champions and Wild Card format or take the top 6 teams from each conference regardless of division.

    Both are used in professional sports (current used in NFL, MLB & NHL, with the top teams used in NBA & MLS – the real futball, haha). They both work. They both have pros and cons, they both work.

  5. By D on Jan 31, 2014 | Reply

    Once Cap space is freed, I could see the starting Off Line next year as:

    Free agent signee/Left Tackle
    J. Cooper LG
    L. Sendlein
    E. Watford RG
    E. Winston RT
    backups: Sowell, Massie and Fanaika

    If they could free up enough with re-doing Fitz’s deal and releasing Colledge; hopefully they can resign Winston, Dray, Rucker, Dansby…maybe Ballard.

    Use draft for DL, SS, CB, WR, RB and TE

  6. By jakeplummersghost on Jan 31, 2014 | Reply

    Expanded playoffs only put a bigger target on the Niners and Seahawks’ backs and make his more interesting for the Rams and Cardinals. This division isn’t getting any less talented in the next five years. I’m in favor.

  7. By ored on Jan 31, 2014 | Reply

    now’s not the time to take a step back,i’m sure we keep the impact players and the backups we can’t we draft,keeping in mind that rookies rarely make big contributions the 1st year.the free agent LT sounds good,once that position is fixed we can use the TE for more than chip blocking,a two te set and flood the field should make a big difference.

    coincidence that we’re looking at a couple of bb players at TE and then sign the SUNS gm’s brother to replace licht?with all the SUNS draft picks,maybe we get them to draft us a TE,lol.good to know we have scouting in our bloodlines,hope to rock the draft this year.with the intense scrutiny it seems more and more unlikely each year that a player comes from nowhere to stardom,but it still happens frequently,we could use a couple this year.still think that as much drama as the draft produces,the fans should get to play a bigger part than just mocks,let the fans pick one mid round player,either by popular vote or some sort of lottery system…fan gm for a day.come on keim,afraid you’d get shown up,lol.

  8. By Dr. G. on Jan 31, 2014 | Reply

    Dyno – If the top 6 would make the playoffs regardless of divisions, then we could just go to NFC and AFC without divisions…huh? This could avoid the arguments.

    The reason I remember for division realignment was demographics and money. expenses over shorter distances and less fatigue… If the Cards were still in the EAST, think of these issues…. but I would love to kick ass on the Cowboys twice each year!

    I think there would be lots of support for simply adding 1 team and giving the top seed the only bye in the first round. One caveat – a team does not make the playoffs with a losing record…e.g…Seattle a couple years ago… Be well….

  9. By clssylssy on Feb 1, 2014 | Reply

    Gee…why am I not surprised that Mr. Bidwill is in favor of expanding the playoffs? Is there no limit to the greed of the Owners and Roger Goodell? Quit changing football!!! There is nothing wrong with the way it is and what most fans fail to realize is that the price of more games (necessitated by adding more teams) to the playoffs, would increase the already nearly prohibitive price of season tickets as well as water down the product. By lowering the standards,adding even two more teams, the competition will also be less and you will still have teams in the playoffs from weaker divisions. If you go by teams with the best record, you will likely upset the East/West format, similar to the format we saw in this year’s Probowl (which was a total snoozefest except for the “E Hollywood” entertainment value). I would rather know that my team fought hard, finished strong, and came close rather than be given a wink and a nod and “passed” through on a freebee. The Cardinals got going midway through the season in part because we had a total overhaul of coaching staff and much of the team ,which, hopefully we won’t continue to do every five years. Mr. Bidwill sounds like he doesn’t have the confidence in our team’s ability to win the NFC West, which I totally can see us doing another year. We got inside the Seahawks head and know we CAN defeat them and anyone else!
    The Cardinals are in the west geographically and I’m proud to be in the toughest division in the NFL; the greater the opposition the greater heights it takes us. If we were in the AFC West we would still have the Broncos, Chiefs and Chargers as threats. I have this sickening feeling that by the time Roger Goodell is out, football as we know it will look more like arena football with girl’s rules! Come on Mr. B…man up! PLEASE SAVE THE GAME & DON’T BE A YES MAN!

  10. By mal on Feb 1, 2014 | Reply

    I like the playoff format the way it is right now.

    I think letting too many teams in the playoffs would weaken the importance of regular season games.

    The way it is now, the difference between going 8-8 and 10-6 is huge, and that keeps every win or loss a big deal. Dont water it down.

  11. By Tbru on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply

    Expanded playoffs? Please don’t turn the NFL into another NBA

  12. By brian R on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply

    dont expand the playoffs. keep it the way it is.

  13. By Scott H on Feb 6, 2014 | Reply

    Weighing in late on this one but I DO NOT favor expanding the number of playoff teams. I don’t think that is what needs to change. What needs to change is the current format that has division winners making the playoffs – regardless or whether they are playoff-caliber teams or not – AND getting a home game automatically simply because they were a division winner. THIS is what needs to change. Plain and simple – the BEST 6 teams from each conf should make the playoffs. Period. Why not? The Cardinals missed the playoffs this year because of this format and because they play in the same division as the 2 best teams in the NFC, It was a damn shame to see them not make it when they ended the season playing like one of the top 6-7 teams in the whole league and one that most teams would NOT have looked forward to playing. Meanwhile, the Packers get in with an 8-7-1 record….

    This really ain’t complicated. Changing the format to having the best 6 teams on each side making the playoffs would instantly improve the NFL. Honestly, having teams make it simply because they were the best team in a bad division is ridiculous. And it makes the NFL look ridiculous. If the 3 best teams in the NFC all come from the West – and that might be the case next year – then they should all be in the playoffs. So what if all 6 teams might actually come from 2 divisions? It should be about the best teams being in the playoffs. It shouldn’t be about making sure every division is represented.

    I think expanding the number of teams just waters everything down. The NFL playoffs are just about perfect just the way they are. We don’t need more teams, more games, and the SB being played in late February. Heck, look at baseball for crying out loud. It is absolutely ridiculous that the NFL season is already half over as the World Series is still being played. And we’re watching fans at a BASEBALL game dressed like they’re at a Bills game in December!

    Yet another aspect of the NFL that should just be left the hell alone because it does not need to be expanded.

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