Changes are coming to the NFL. Forced changes, but changes nonetheless. A big change that’s been in the works, but is being sped along by outside forces is cutting preseason games.
It started with the cancellation of the Hall of Fame game and enshrinement ceremony. Now, the NFL is cutting two preseason games.
George Chahrouri joined Ryan and Ben on Broncos Country Tonight. The discussion started with a look at what cutting two preseason games could mean.
Let’s ignore the gambling aspect, which just seems like a terrible idea, and focus on the impact on the field. While fans and established players might not enjoy the tediousness of preseason games, they serve a purpose. Actual games give coaches a chance to see players in true situations. It also gives players a chance to get some tape, that can help them make the team.
I always think about Terrell Davis in Tokyo, making that big hit on a kickoff return, and thus began his Hall of Fame career. Slashing two games might lead to missing out on players that just need that one moment.
As Ryan mentioned, there is going to be a need for an expanded pool of players. With the coronavirus a factor, it’s possible that players will need to quarantine should they contract the virus. George’s idea is to have a quarantined 22, that guarantees a team is ready for an extreme case.
The NFL has had the most time of any sports league to prepare for possible issues regarding their players and COVID-19, but there’s another elephant in the room. Proper time to get game ready.
Injuries are a part of football, but being in game shape is only accomplished by playing real games. It takes time to get fully prepared for the rigors of a 16 game NFL season.
Yes, the coronavirus has changed the landscape of the NFL. No, we don’t know what the final outcome will be. With all the time the NFL has had to prepare, hopefully teams will be ready for all possible outcomes, but losing two preseason games could have a bigger impact than expected.