Playoff expansion? No, thank you

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! As Dan Pompei suggests, it appears that playoff expansion is an inevitability.

But as for his argument in favor of the idea, we strongly disagree with it.

Pompei is right when he says it's possible that a theoretical seventh seed could win the Super Bowl.

Of course they could.

But more to the point, does anyone really want to see that happen?

Who's enthralled with the idea of 9-7, 8-8, and 7-9 teams getting the opportunity to win it all?

After all, the NFL's playoffs are a single elimination tournament, when all sorts of shit happens.

Playoff expansion will serve to cheapen the regular season.

For every 10-6 team that misses the playoffs (like last year's Cardinals) under the current format, there figure to be many more .500 or worse teams that make it into a 14-team field.

Seven- and eight-win teams just don't deserve the chance to win a championship. The idea that they could win a SB, given the chance, doesn't mean they deserve that opportunity.

Like Pompei says, playoff expansion is going to happen, and probably as soon as next season.

But we hate the idea.

Broncos

Videos: Emmanuel Sanders speaks after practice; BTV discusses his integration to Denver's offense.

Sanders admits that he's still got a long way to go in learning Denver's playbook.

Montee Ball says his late season success was keyed by anticipating Peyton Manning's audibles.

Cecil Lammey says Sanders was the star of this week's minicamp, and he predicts that Will Montgomery will beat out Manny Ramirez for the starting center gig.

Troy Renck considers the leadership roles of DeMarcus Ware and Terrance Knighton.

Nationwide Insurance expanded its relationship with the Broncos and signed Manning to an endorsement deal.

News

The league suspended Arizona LB Daryl Washington for the entire season and Giants S Will Hill six games for violations of the substance abuse policy. The culprit in each case? That non-performance-enhancing drug marijuana, of course.

The Giants have released QB Josh Freeman just six weeks after they'd signed him.

Under the guidance of Bill O'BrienHouston is trying to become Patriots South. This news figures to prompt a fresh round of McDaniels/Crennel/Weis/Pioli bashing.

Like Alex Smith, Andy Dalton is apparently using Jay Cutler's whopper of a contract as a negotiating point for his own deal. Let's be real, though. Who on earth would trade Jay Cutler for either Smith or Dalton? Yeah, didn't think so.

#RacistPride

A 1933 AP quote attributed to vile racist George Preston Marshall debunks the Washington franchise's claim that its blatantly racist name was a tribute to Native Americans.

Of course, we doubt the NFL flacks who make that same bullshit claim will take note.

Jay Busbee and Matt Yoder discuss Washington's disastrous Twitter campaign from the other day.

Analysis

Matt Bowen offers a primer on the read option and reminds us that rookies need to play special teams.

Greg Gabriel lists second-year players from each AFCE team who he could see breaking out in 2014.

Doug Farrar thinks Wesley Woodyard was Tennessee's best acquisition this offseason.

Ben Muth scouts tackle Greg Robinson, whom St. Louis drafted second overall.

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