The NFL reported today that it’s toying with a shorter pre-season (2 games instead of 4). I’m curious what you all think.
Me? I am all for it. The NFL preseason is like no other. It’s grueling. It’s violent and dangerous. It’s meaningless like the Pro Bowl, if you’re a veteran. But to rookies dying to make the team, it’s life and death. Put those rookies and the vets on the field at the same time, and it’s scary.
The pre-season, they say, lets coaches see what they have. True, no doubt. But you can also see that, for the most part, at practices and scrimmages. In the fourth quarter of most pre-season games, 99% of the men out there are going to be cut. The coaches saw what they needed to see early on. Sure, now and then there is a feel-good story like Preston Williams…but if you remember, we all started to hear about Williams because he was a stud at practices…he solidified his skills in pre-season, but he didn’t come out of nowhere because of 4 pre-season games.
Other sports, especially baseball, use pre-season just to get in shape. They even call it spring training. It’s glorified calisthenics. Football is far more brutal. Too much chance of injury. Especially to our Tua!
So I hope they do shorten it. 2020 will be an insane, weird season as it is with no fans, odd schedules, etc. Might as well look for some normalcy in 2021 and just play 2020 by ear!