Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen scoffs at the notion of the NFL considering some sort of playoff expansion.
"It's stupid," Allen told reporters Thursday, via ESPN. "I think it's a dumb idea. The reason our league is so much better than other leagues, I think, is because of that competition."
He's got a point there. There's nothing like the football season. A season with only 16 games makes it a playoff atmosphere from week to week.
"Every game means something. There are 162 games in baseball and you're like, 'Ehhh.' No one really watches until the end, right? Basketball, same way. There's no real significance on every game. And I think you damage the sport if an 8-8 team [has a greater playoff chance]. You know what I mean? Now our games become less significant each week if you know, like, 'Oh, I can still lose half my games and sneak into the playoffs."
"With all these changes, it's not necessarily always a good thing," Allen said. "I know it probably is for owners. They make more money. And TV and all that good stuff. But at some point, the identity of our league and what it stands on and why it's so good is because every game means something."