Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones would be in favor of adding four teams to the NFL playoffs.
Jones was asked if he thought two teams from each conference should be added to the playoffs, and he said he thought it was a good idea.
“From the standpoint of looking at how exciting it is for a city or a community to be involved in the playoffs and the fact that you can have a team that might have literally operated at.500 or in that area… you can have that team win the Super Bowl,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan Friday. “That makes a big case for adding a couple of more cities or communities that have NFL teams to the playoffs.”
Jones added, “It just creates that much more excitement and that much more interest for people in those communities. So I fall on the side of the ledger that would increase the playoffs.”
Even if the playoffs had been expanded by four teams, the Cowboys wouldn’t have qualified for the last four seasons. They finished third in the NFC East in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and finished second in 2013. They finished 8-8 and lost a Week 17 game that determined the division champion in the last three seasons, and finished 6-10 in 2010.
In 2009, Dallas finished first in the NFC East (11-5) and won the Wild Card Playoffs against the Philadelphia Eagles 34-14. They lost the Divisional Playoffs to the Minnesota Vikings 34-3.
Earlier this week, Jerry Jones said he stood behind head coach Jason Garrett, and that the thought of firing him never crossed his mind.
“I think what’s important here is that I haven’t given it any consideration,” Jones said. “I like what he’s doing as coach, so I haven’t given it any consideration.”
Jones also said he was “big-time committed” to quarterback Tony Romo, who was given a 6-year extension worth $108 million at the beginning of the season.
“We made that commitment. That’s a big commitment,” he said.