The owners meetings continued today in Palm Beach, Florida, and the biggest thing that did not move forward was a new rule with wild card teams with better records than divisional winners getting home wild card games in the first round of the playoffs. The league’s competition committee withdrew the proposal earlier today at the meeting, and co-chariman Rich McKay said he was not shocked that the move didn’t garner much support.
The deal would have changed some of the ways that teams play that final game of the season if they are a divisional winner that is due to play a wild card team with a better record then them going into the playoffs. It would be interesting to see how coaches now play that last game, as a loss would have meant starting on the road instead of at home.
It didn’t matter much last season, as the Giants and Jags both won on the road in the first weekend of the playoffs. Commish Roger Goodell spoke about playing that last game, and the fact that over the past few years it has been a joke for the most part for some teams that don’t play their starters long, or at all. “The focus I said to the competition committee is what are the alternatives we have to make sure every game is as competitive as possible,” Goodell said. “I think the debate was good.”