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The Preseason Important or Not?

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It's important just to see if pickles still remembers how to throw a football.

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It isn't important to the fans and veterans guaranteed a spot on the roster. But the players fighting for a roster spot it is very important.  A solid preseason game can mean the difference from being cut or place on the practice squad.

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Let's not overlook how important the preseason is it terms of revenue for teams and the league. TV, advertising, marketing, merchandizing, ticket sales, etc.  It's a huge money maker.  Sometimes I think the profit generating system that the NFL has created becomes more important than the welfare of players.  THe preseason seems to symbolize that for me more than anything.

 

It is also important as a way to assess talent and acclimate players to full speed game situations.  It's a good time to see what works and what doesn't in a relatively risk free environment (from a coaching standpoint).

 

For players, though, it isn't ideal.  Who really wants to play in games that have little consequence and risk injury.  Often the very best players in the league sit out long stretches in the preseason.  The on-field product that fans are practically forced to pay for is of a decidedly lesser quality.

 

To me the solution to all of this is to reduce the number of preseason games to 2.  Only week 1 and 3 of the preseason are truly useful for all parties involved (week 2 is usually more experimental and week 4 is for scrubs).

 

I would love it if the league went to an 18 game schedule, but I can live without it.  4 weeks is too many.  That is where it becomes mostly about profits and self-promotion.  Change it to 2 (18 games or just 16) and I think the league would be even sharper and more attuned to the needs of fans, players, and owners.

 

I also like the idea of a shorter pre season but it would suck for some of these bubble guys and undrafted guys that have half the time to make a name for themselves.

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The question shouldn't be is preseason important..... it should be are we going to have a training camp/preseason with some intensity? That was the biggest reason for the slow start last season. no one really seemed to be motivated or challenged in camp. Maybe with Riveria's head on the chopping block the team will show up with some attitude.

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I think preseason will be fun this year. I am looking forward to all the battles at positions like receiver and secondary. It will be important to see how guys like Norman plays or Coles after being out of the league for 2 years. Those guys are going to be important this year as potential starters.

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it's important for "die hard" steelers and redskins fans in the carolinas who have never seen their team in person

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it's important for "die hard" steelers and redskins fans in the carolinas who have never seen their team in person

That is the truth. They take the game so seriously because this is the only time they will see them. Especially all the huge Steeler chicks with loud mouths and no class or should that be loud mouths and fat asses.

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As previously stated, preseason is much too long.  It should be nothing more than getting rookies' feet wet in live game scenarios.  The starters should never be in for more than a couple series in each game.  The rest of the time should look like summer league basketball.  Losing a top player in the preseason is like busting your nut before you can even get it out of your pants.

 

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I love the preseason.  I love watching younger players get a chance to play even if it is against poor competition.  And that is why preseason is important.  It's a tune up for the starters and its a chance for young players to get some game experience.

 

Problem is that some people get to caught up in whether we win or lose, while others, will just ignore terrible performances and write it off as "it's just preseason".

 

Theres a thin gray area that I wish everyone could see.  Of course if the offense comes out and can't move the ball theres reason to be concerned.  Yes, its "vanilla" football but it shows that the offense isn't where it needs to be (hence the slow starts during the season).  However, there are tons of caveats that could explain the poor performance.  The Patriots never look that great during the preseason.  But for a young team with a young QB execution is paramount.

 

In the same breath, wins and losses don't really mean much.  I mean, we'd all love to win, thats ultimately the reason that you step on the field.  I don't care if its preseason, regular season, or backyard football, if you aren't trying to win then you should just hang it up.  And that's exactly why some teams who win all four games can go into the season a little more confident a may play better.  Or they come in a bit more relaxed and play worse.  It's a toss up but ultimately means very little.

 

But I'm sure we will hear the token cliche's all through august.  "vanilla"..."it's just preseason"..."we're doomed"..."he sucks"  are all my favorites.

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So which one of you guys who thinks it's important wants to give me face value for my preseason game tickets? :)

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