Originally posted by Melanerpes
Pre-season games are boring. The only drama is whether or not an important player gets injured in one these things and is out for the season.
Seems like the college teams manage well enough without having to play a bunch of games that don't count. Why not add two or more games to the NFL season and just eliminate the pre-season?
Because it's an opportunity for the fans to see the Rookies. And for the guys that have gone through training camp to get their chance to make it into the NFL. Some guys might not do so well in camp situations but are studs on the field. Or the other way around. They do good in camp but when the whistle blows they can't function. This is something that they have worked for their entire lives and their one shot. They were all the big man on campus in their schools and towns, many people are hoping they make it.
Sure it's not as good as a real game, but you are watching it for the wrong reasons. I watch it so I can say man was that potential future hall of fame guy really that bad/good in his first NFL pre season game? I remember when...the guy couldn't tie his shoes or a star was born on that day.
I also watch it to see if I agree that someone should get cut from the team. Or why they get cut. I've seen guys get cut from one team and make a great player on another team. To me there is nothing boring about it, if you are a real fan of the game.
Injuries...it's a violent game of course there is going to be injuries. But then again, how a player deals with them is part of the evaluation process.
College teams don't play pre-season games because they are in school. If not for that they probably would. They do more that play football, in college. They actually have to study for their degrees.
Some day they might add more games and less pre-season, but if you were an owner of a club paying your star Quarterback millions of dollars a year to be protected by a young Rookie Offensive lineman, you might want to see if he can stand up against the best of the best, in full contact against someone that will knock your head off instead of the love taps they normally get in camp before you get in a real game.
To me it all makes sense. I would watch it every day including practice if I could.