Three weeks into the Preseason, and we've been seeing a few things. Most notable are all of the injuries we are accumulating. Personally, I'm getting tired of watching our players drop to the ground. The latest to take such a blow was David DeCastro. We can all sigh a bit of relief since he didn't tear his ACL, but what he did suffer yesterday was bad enough to wonder if he'll even return this season (as of right now, very unlikely).
That being said, one has to ask if getting rid of the preseason should be the solution. When I read the comments on blogs, a good majority of people have said to get rid of the preseason, but why would you do that? let's take a look at possible choices:
choice #1: Shortening the preseason
We already know the preseason had 1 game eliminated, but how about only having 2 preseason games? Do we really need to have 4 preseason games? Think about it though, those games give players a chance to earn their way to a roster spot. It's like a job interview, you come in early, warm up, and give everything that you can give to impress the boss. Shortening the preseason would mean that you wouldn't have another opportunity to earn that spot, but it can also shorten the risk of losing players to injuries. No, I'm not saying it can prevent that, but it can reduce the chances of getting hurt. However, that would also mean that players have less time to prepare for the season.
Choice #2: Get rid of it
This is what I read most of the time, getting rid of the preseason and just jump into the the season. now why would you do that? To prevent injuries? Pft, yeah right! Injuries happen all of the time. At home, at practice, during the preseason, regular season and the post season. You can say that nobody watches it, but that's a lie. We use the preseason to see where our teams are at, what needs to be done to fix things, (say the O-Line) and to give those who don't have a job an opportunity to get one. It also allows our starters to get into football shape. So if you get rid of the preseason, what are the players gonna do?
Choice #3: Leave it
To me, the preseason is like a tease, you want the season to start already, but you want to see what your team is capable of. Personally, I like how it is. You see the talent that's around to fill roster spots, those who are coming off of injuries can get into shape and those who are starters can get back into form. Changing it would mean less time to prepare. Coaches thrive off of this so they can analyze what's going to happen and what needs to be done.