The plight of the NFC West has been a topic of conversation almost all season long.
The entire NFC West lost in Week 15, guaranteeing that the best possible record the division champion will have this season is 8-8. The winner — the 49ers, Rams or Seahawks — would then join the 1985 Browns and 2008 Chargers as the only 8-8 teams in NFL history to win their division. The winner could be 7-9.
It’s all served to bring the topic of playoff re-seeding back into the fold, a measure that could be gaining some momentum. The fact that a team such as the Saints, Giants or Packers would go on the road to face a .500 or sub.-500 team has drawn the ire of some, who believe teams should be re-seeded once the playoff field is set.
Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed that question from a fan during his live chat Tuesday on NFL.com:
Jonathan, Haines City, FL:
Hi Mr. Goodell. Regarding the uproar with a potential sub .500 team hosting a playoff game, have you considered any thought of updating the seedings from the current idea to overall records?
Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL.com
Jonathan, this is not a new issue. We have considered many alternatives for our playoff format including the possibility of seeding all playoff teams on the basis of their records once they qualify for the playoffs. I’m certain this will get additional consideration by our competition committee and our membership in the offseason. As with any system there are pluses and minuses.
Read the full chat transcript to see the rest of the answers from the Commissioner.