“I think that this adds more drama to the game, it creates obviously more interest for a bigger pool of fans. I don’t really see any negatives to it,” says Sky Sports NFL professional

Increased drama and added curiosity – Jeff Reinebold is totally on board with the NFL’s first playoff expansion since 1990.

Team homeowners voted unanimously on Tuesday in favour of approving the brand new construction that had been set out within the new collective bargaining settlement final month.

The postseason interval will now embody one additional group from every convention to take the full variety of playoff sides from 12 to 14, creating six wildcard video games and which means there can be only one first-round bye up for grabs in each the NFC and AFC.

“I think it’s fantastic, I really do,” Reinebold mentioned on Inside The Huddle.

“Here’s why. Because we’re speaking about single elimination soccer, this can be a entire completely different deal. This is not combination factors, it is not the most effective of seven, it is not the most effective of 5, it is not three units, it is one time you play and it is sudden elimination.

“I suppose that this provides extra drama to the sport, it creates clearly extra curiosity for a much bigger pool of followers. I don’t actually see any unfavorable to it.

“Who’s to say one of these teams doesn’t make a run? You know how it is. You get hot, you get healthy, you’re on a run and away you go.”

Concerns over the expansion amongst NFL followers embody the potential reward for mediocrity if groups with single-digit wins are in a position to carve a route to the playoffs.

Last season would have seen the 8-8 Pittsburgh Steelers progress from the AFC and the 9-7 Los Angeles Rams advance within the NFC, had the 14-team structure been in place.

That’s a actuality Sky Sports‘ Neil Reynolds can be open to.

“The Tennessee Titans last year were only one game above 8-8 and they rolled into New England and they beat the Patriots,” Reynolds defined. “They rolled into Baltimore and so they beat the Ravens and so they have been up by 10 twice within the AFC Championship sport (towards the Kansas City Chiefs).

“Go again a number of years the (New York) Giants have been a 9-7 group that received the Super Bowl.

“Last year, we would have had Pittsburgh in at 8-8 and the Rams in at 9-7. I can live with that. I’d rather have that than a good 10-6 team that misses out for some reason which has happened in the past.”

The new measures imply roughly 44 % of groups will qualify for the playoffs, in contrast to 33 % in MLB, 52 % in NHL and 53 % in NBA.

They additionally promise to amplify the distinction in common season and postseason soccer, specifically the unpredictability and depth.

Reinebold skilled that first-hand final season whereas serving as particular groups coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who misplaced to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers within the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup closing regardless of having boasted the most effective document amongst all sides.

“Last year we’re 15-3 and by far the best team in the league,” mentioned Reinebold. “We get to the championship sport, we don’t play nicely that day and we get beat. We aren’t the champions. Again, that is the great thing about it.

“That’s why it is so dramatic. Every play in a playoff sport means a lot. How many occasions have you ever interviewed gamers and so they’ve talked in regards to the pace and hitting within the playoffs and why it is completely different?”

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