Expansion of playoffs would water down postseason

Updated: April 7, 2003, 12:13 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The NFL talks of parity with pride. To have 19 teams -- even if many finished with 9-7 records -- eligible for the playoffs in the final week of the regular season is remarkable. It's a tribute to the balance of the schedule, a balance that contributed to one of the best seasons in NFL history.

What surprised me and others at last week's owners meeting in Phoenix is the push to go to 14 playoff teams. It surprised the Competition Committee, too. They kissed off the concept because everyone ...

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