The debate rages on in the NFL: two preseason games to go with 18 regular season games, or keep it the way it is with four preseason games and 16 regular seasons games?
Any regular Joe can tell you that these four preseason games don’t matter. Determining which seventh rounder is about to be cut is about as boring as watching paint dry … with the exception of more hitting.
The commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, is in support of a shortened preseason and an elongated regular season but his views don’t match up with such superstars like golden boy Tom Brady.
Brady, who rejects a longer regular season, also makes a convincing case for why the preseason is a snooze fest. “I’ve taken part in several postseason runs where we have played 20 games. The long-term impact this game has on our bodies is well documented,” said Brady via ESPN.
I’m sorry, Tom, but as a Super Bowl winning quarterback, this is football. There’s a large part of the game that involves tackling. Plus, for him to refer to 20 games, including the postseason, he’s clearly avoiding one crucial element – the entire preseason.
The last thing the game needs to hear is one of its superstars complaining about how long the season is already and how extending it two games would make him become the next Icy Hot spokesman.
Brady’s statements make it clear that veteran players take the preseason as a joke. Which begs the question, why should the fans of the NFL take the preseason seriously if the players don’t?
The NFL preseason needs to be shortened to two games, with an 18-game regular season. We know this, the commissioner knows this, and soon Brady will have to put up with this. “It’s clear the fans don’t want four preseason games,” Goodell said in a recent ESPN article.”
As far as fans are concerned, we’re all in alliance on this issue. By the time preseason game one rolls along, we’re just excited that football is back. By the time preseason game three rolls along, we’re tired of seeing how good third-string quarterbacks could be in a two-minute drill.
It’s been an issue that the NFL has been facing for several years now and Goodell has never been afraid to put his stamp on the NFL.
Shorten the preseason, make the regular season longer, and make Brady finally act like a professional football player and not a male model.