League Considering Dropping Fourth Preseason Game
The fourth preseason game, where only guys who aren’t making the roster and special teamers get action.
Alright, maybe it’s not that bad, but the fourth preseason game on anyone’s schedule is always a throwaway. Teams simply don’t want their starters getting injured in a meaningless game a week before the real contests start.
Well, the league is talking about doing away with that game.
“I think there would be support for three,” Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, who’s on the NFL’s competition committee, said. “I think Mike’s [idea], that’s what we’ve talked about. Rather than playing that fourth game on a Thursday … don’t play a fourth game and then you’d have an extra week. We’ve looked at different models, but I think that’s the one that makes the most sense.”
The idea that Murphy references is one endorsed by Packers coach Mike McCarthy. Three preseason games with two weeks of preparation time before week one of the regular season.
The positives are one less week of garbage football and one less chance for someone to get injured. The negatives are less money for the league, one less game to see marginal guys in action and one less game for one of those marginal guys to make a team.
In the grand scheme of things, we’re not sure we really care.
But let’s play devil’s advocate for a moment.
We all know guys who don’t normally get any game time end up making teams on the basis of a strong showing in that final preseason game. Not just that, of course, but it can be a difference maker.
It’s going to be harder for us to make a case for the Chris Banjos, Myles Whites and Jumal Rolles of the world to make the team without that fourth game.
And that’s really the only fun part of the preseason to begin with, isn’t it?