Roger Goodell In Favor Of Shortening NFL Preseason To Three Games
Think the NFL preseasons are too long? Well, you are certainly not alone.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in an interview on Thursday that shortening the preseason is something that he has heard a lot about from fans.
“When I go around to fans, that’s maybe the No. 1 thing I hear,” Goodell said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “The NFL should do things to the highest possible standards. Preseason games are not that.”
The issue with shortening the preseason as Goodell illustrates is taking away from important preparation time for players and coaches. But Goodell admittedly thinks that going to three games instead of four could make the most sense to appease fans and the teams.
“There’s value to them, building a team, evaluating players,” he said. “But there are other ways of doing that. I think we could do it in three [games]. Almost every coach has agreed we could get done what we need to in three games.”
When discussing a shortened preseason the conversation has sometimes lead to adding games to the regular season. On that note, the Commissioner declined to give his stance. Instead, referring to the CBA that would have to be altered if a change occurs to the game structure.
“Any change in the [overall game] structure, we said that we would collectively bargain,” Goodell said.
Preseason football can come across as unimportant or boring. But behind it all is an interesting platform with position and roster battles on full display. It is the opportunity for young or unproven players to impress their coaching staff. For the New England Patriots, every preseason there seems to be a player that impresses enough to have a breakout season.
A player I would watch out for this preseason is backup receiver, Devin Lucien. He has looked phenomenal in training camp and seems to have a genuine connection with Tom Brady, something you cannot teach.