No announcement yet.

preseason games-a former players perspective

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • preseason games-a former players perspective

    I had lunch today with a business associate, a former redskins qb. We discussed the value or lack thereof of preseason games. I agree 100% with those on the board that believe that the most important goal of the preseason is to make it through without injuries.

    When i presented the argument to my friend regarding the unnecessary risk of injury posed by preseason games, he did not agree. He made the following points:

    1) There is no greater risk of injury in a preseason game than in a team scrimmage. If there are no preseason games, the teams will just scrimmage live more against themselves. Failure to do so would cause a major competitive disadvantage when the season starts.

    2) it is so competitive in practice scrimmages, that without them, you would not believe how uncoordinated your team would look in week one. he felt that the games really do help prepare the teams for the regular season.

    interesting perspective.

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel

    ps. if winslow is worth 16.5 mill up front, pace is worth $20 million or more.

  • #2
    Re: preseason games-a former players perspective

    Originally posted by general counsel
    ps. if winslow is worth 16.5 mill up front, pace is worth $20 million or more.
    Agreed, and that scares me (as I'm sure it does the FO). I hate it when teams give in to the Postons.


    • #3
      Re: preseason games-a former players perspective

      Unfortunatly with Turley's back problems we really need Pace more than ever.
      I think the Rams don't have much of an option here.

      Adm. William "Bull" Halsey


      Related Topics


      • majorram
        Do you think that we need Pre-season??
        by majorram
        The more I think bout this issue the more I hate Pre-season, it just seems a waste of great players, aka RT Jansen of the Redskins..and I'm sure the body count we grow.....What about reducing the number of games to two instead of four... is it greedy owners looking for more revenue???????....I know you need to see what sort of squad you have and get these guys up to game speed, look at different players etc....

        But to me I just PRAY that we get through these dam 4 games with NO injuries...

        Does anybody feel the same!!!!!!

        thoughts guys

        steve :ramlogo:
        -08-11-2004, 10:28 AM
      • Guest's Avatar
        Does Pre-Season Matter?
        by Guest
        Ah yes, the fun of pre-season. Does it matter or not? I see that a lot on these boards. One side makes "too big of a deal" about pre-season and the other could care less.

        What is your take on it, in detail?

        In my personal opinion -

        (Disclaimer; This is my opinion and as such I am in no way attempting to be needlessly negative and hereby allow anyone to ignore such perceived negativity in anyway. Furthermore, I would ask that you not respond to me if you see this as unnecessary negative and wish to argue with me which, ironically would result in a lot of negativity and a waste of time arguing over opinions.)

        - I think pre-season is important to bad teams. I think how the starters look, is important.

        Nothing cements this in my head more than after the 99' Superbowl, we were playing Tennessee in the pre-season rematch. Our defense could not stop anything. There was a clear and scary drop off. Our defense went on to struggle during the regular season.

        So yes I think Pre-season matters. Especially with bad teams. The good teams usually rest their starters so much that you can't make judgements. Bad teams on the other hand usually try to play everyone as long as they can. Injuries do cloud things up a bit of course, but those injuries could linger into the regular season anyway.
        -08-23-2009, 01:07 AM
      • AvengerRam_old
        I hate preseason. How about you?
        by AvengerRam_old
        When I was younger, I used to love preseason. After months without football, I was just thrilled to have it back.

        Now, no so much. I find preseason to be stressful, due to the fear of injuries. I also find myself constantly tempering my reaction to what the Rams do on the field. I know that strong performances don't guarantee regular season success, and many great teams have poor preseason showings.

        So, how do you feel about the preseason?
        Its the delicious appetizer before the main course that is regular season football.
        It is a bigger tease than the plastic-wrapped copy of Maxim at the news stand.
        Glad to have football back, but this is not REALLY football.
        -08-15-2011, 11:33 AM
      • shower beers
        Preseason Takeaways
        by shower beers
        We had 12 this preseason, compared to just one last year. I don't care if it is the preseason, that's something to get excited about. You can't chalk up 11 additional takeaways to "it's just the preseason."

        -09-04-2009, 07:27 AM
      • general counsel
        Annual General Counsel THread before First Preseason Game
        by general counsel
        Ramming speed to all! As we approach our first preseason game, i offer the following annual perspective relating to how i view preseason games and preseason in general.

        First and foremost, i dont believe that you can WIN anything in preseason. I have never seen any convincing evidence that preseason performance in terms of wins and losses or anything else for that matter is a material predictor of success during the regular season. Too many games are decided by backups and guys that will never make either roster, and teams have a huge range of variability on both offense and defense, even with the first teams on the field, as to how much of their playbook they are willing to utilize. However, i do believe that you can LOSE plenty during preseason if you lose key guys to injury. Not just for the season, but guys that miss substantial time and then are never really in shape when the season starts. When they miss too much practice, it can impair the ability of an offense or defense to appropriately prepare for the season.

        Football is a game of harsh physical contact. That is the reality. There is no way to avoid some form of injury. However, extreme caution should be taken at this point of the year and there is no reason for anyone to overeact in any particular direction based on what anyone thinks that they see on the practice field or in a preseason game.

        As fans, its a lot more fun to see the Rams win and play well. For me, i am 99% concerned about avoiding injury than i am anything else at all during the preseason and training camp.

        As we do every year, my daughters and i will go through the full 90 minute pre game Ramming Speed routine in full uniforms before the first preseason game. However, the ritual is based around avoiding injury, not winning the game.

        Ramming speed to all

        general counsel
        -08-07-2014, 12:54 PM