My five year old just started playing football. His team had a month of practice, three scrimmages and one preseason game against other teams. They did great, they get it and the coaches have been able to find each players strength. I am not sure why it takes the NFL a month and four preseason games to figure out what it took the coaches of my boys team to figure out in a month. No one likes preseason, most of all, the veterans who have to gear up and possibly get injured. It means nothing, it is just another excuse for the NFL to get more revenue and the coaches to continue to do an inadequate job at setting their roster. All of that being said, let’s see why this preseason is not likeable.
5. Blackout – This is preseason football. No one really is chomping at the bit to go, but we might. We also might like to watch it on TV in real time. Unfortunately, the NFL uses the blackout rule and the Spanos family will not use the grace period, so we have to wait until nighttime to see the game. Lame.
4. Nick Hardwick – Concussion. We would be super lucky to have him back by regular season. (This equals about six more sacks on our QB’s)
3. Vincent Brown – Broken ankle. This could be a career ending injury. Why he was playing in the 3rd quarter is another issue. Let’s hope he heals well and look for him back mid-season. (That’s at least 3 touchdowns we will not get)
2. Replacement Referees – I actually made popcorn waiting for them to figure out a call. We get it, the pros know what is going on most of the time and know the rules when they throw a flag. But, I think we can all agree most of them are jerks. (I’m looking at you Ed Hoculi)
1. Ryan Mathews – Broken collarbone. So much for shattering records this season. Instead he got shattered bones.
Preseason in completely unnecessary, you have these rookies out there trying to make a big play and get noticed and in turn starters are getting hurt. The NFL and coaches need to find a way to get what they need to get done without impacting regular season.