It's only Pre-Season...right??


 

What does that mean anyway? It’s only Pre-Season…? Does that really mean that these 4 games per year have no meaning at all? If so then why do we even play them? Now I’m no guru of any sorts but I believe I can come to some type of common sense to this commonly over/misused statement.

FACT: Not all teams approach the Pre-Season with the same outcome in mind. Some teams approach Pre-Season to stricktly put a team on the field to see who can make the last roster spots and practice squad. No desire to win a game with the starters or frequently used back-ups. Preserving key players and exiting the Pre-Season with limited injuries is the goal.

FACT: Some teams use the Pre-Season to gel their offenses and defenses in hope that this can translate into a rhythym that carries into the regular season. They approach these games like real time situations and make adjustments and moves that they plan on making when the season starts.

Occaisionally these two types of teams end up meeting in the Pre-Season creating a contest that may end differently if they were playing for an actual win or loss. I feel that regardless of what type of team yours is, you always want to see your team succeed. ALWAYS. When your team plays bad and there is an excuse to use…people will use it. “Oh we dont have all our players” “Oh we not even trying to win” “Oh its only Pre-Season…”

I’m a fan everytime our team steps on the field and if we lose a Pre-Season game I am upset. I’ve been ALL smiles these first two games. The Redskins have been tearing through their opponents with a new sense of dominance and I must say it is very refreshing! The Redskins currently have the #1 total offense and defense in the Pre-NFL Pre-Season or not that is impressive, especially coming from a team not accustomed to displaying these types of showings. Keep in mind we are playing without a few of our KEY players also…Landry, Atagwe, Torain, etc. Imagine how much better we could have played with those guys in action.

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  • freetouse

    Think you’re missing the point…pre-season, primarily first two games, occasionally third game…is where fans and to some extent coaches find out who the surprise contributors will be…win or lose, games, a guy like Horton 2008, Banks 2010, Williams 2010, or Beck 2011? show something to the coaches that will determine whether or not they’ll make a difference for the team. It is also when a lot of the worst injuries that will impact your season occur, which so far has been the best part of the first two games for the Redskins. The preseason definitely matters, but his has little to do with team wins and losses and more to do with which players you will or won’t see, perhaps unexpectedly making contributions in the regular season.

    The surprises of this preseason have to be Grossman only 1 TO in 3 quarters, Cooley and Landry a threat to have lingering injuries into and possibly throughout regular season (as opposed to Kelly’s and Torrain’s usual injuries), Williams and Sellers competing for a roster spot at new positions while hardly seeing the field, and no OL nursing significant injuries. Also interesting, Gomes, Thompson, and Smith seem to have a better shot at the roster than Paul, Robinson, and Hurt in the early going: Game three will be critical for all 6. Hankerson has been outplayed and outpracticed by Moss, Gaffney, Armstrong, Austin, Paul, Banks, Stallworth, Anderson, Kelly (ran better routes for two days than any two days Hankerson has had)…will Shannahans go with competition or will Hankerson continue to struggle, make the roster, and prove “competition” to be a bunch of recycled hogwash?

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    Think you’re missing the point…pre-season, primarily first two games, occasionally third game…is where fans and to some extent coaches find out who the surprise contributors will be…win or lose, games, a guy like Horton 2008, Banks 2010, Williams 2010, or Beck 2011? show something to the coaches that will determine whether or not they’ll make a difference for the team. It is also when a lot of the worst injuries that will impact your season occur, which so far has been the best part of the first two games for the Redskins. The preseason definitely matters, but his has little to do with team wins and losses and more to do with which players you will or won’t see, perhaps unexpectedly making contributions in the regular season.

    The surprises of this preseason have to be Grossman only 1 TO in 3 quarters, Cooley and Landry a threat to have lingering injuries into and possibly throughout regular season (as opposed to Kelly’s and Torrain’s usual injuries), Williams and Sellers competing for a roster spot at new positions while hardly seeing the field, and no OL nursing significant injuries. Also interesting, Gomes, Thompson, and Smith seem to have a better shot at the roster than Paul, Robinson, and Hurt in the early going: Game three will be critical for all 6. Hankerson has been outplayed and outpracticed by Moss, Gaffney, Armstrong, Austin, Paul, Banks, Stallworth, Anderson, Kelly (ran better routes for two days than any two days Hankerson has had)…will Shannahans go with competition or will Hankerson continue to struggle, make the roster, and prove “competition” to be a bunch of recycled hogwash?

  • THE_SkinsSource

    Im highly upset…I just typed a whole response and it deleted after I signed in :-( I refuse to do it again lol! But overall I agree with your vision. Thanks for your comment.

  • THE_SkinsSource

    Im highly upset…I just typed a whole response and it deleted after I signed in :-( I refuse to do it again lol! But overall I agree with your vision. Thanks for your comment.

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  • Interloper27

    Ho-hum. A team goes 2-0 in its first 2 PREseason games and hope abounds. BUT, this team’s real competition this year will come from Cincy, Denver & Carolina. They are the only 3 teams in the NFL with a talent deficiency akin to the Skins. So, the real question is who will get Andrew Luck? (PS, Dan Snyder – you continue to be the most despised figure in the franchise – please, PLEASE, sell and then disappear).

  • Interloper27

    Ho-hum. A team goes 2-0 in its first 2 PREseason games and hope abounds. BUT, this team’s real competition this year will come from Cincy, Denver & Carolina. They are the only 3 teams in the NFL with a talent deficiency akin to the Skins. So, the real question is who will get Andrew Luck? (PS, Dan Snyder – you continue to be the most despised figure in the franchise – please, PLEASE, sell and then disappear).