The sad thing is that no one really has a good answer when asked why the NFL preseason schedule is so long and certainly none has been given on the eve of the 2008 NFL preseason schedule. But, as the pressure mounts to do away with the marathon NFL preseason schedule and a collective bargaining agreement set to expire, it appears at long last that the 2008 NFL preseason schedule may be one of the last to feature four full games.
The fact of the matter is not hat football fans don’t enjoy football games and certainly the 2008 NFL preseason schedule offers more football action than we’ve seen in six months, but instead of having four games in the 2008 NFL preseason schedule, why not cut that number of games down and add more to the NFL regular season? There was a time when the NFL preseason schedule served a function, but as the 2008 NFL preseason schedule approaches everyone knows that those days are long gone.
In the good old days, many years prior to the start of the 2008 NFL preseason schedule, players would arrive at training camp fat and out of shape. With year round team conditioning that is no longer a problem and instead the majority of the games in the 2008 NFL preseason schedule will be used to see how free agents and young talent respond in game situations; which is great for the team personnel department, but awful for anyone that has to watch the ugly football in the 2008 NFL preseason schedule.
Teams have more than enough time to find out the skill level of their draft picks and new signees in training camp and do not need a month of the 2008 NFL preseason schedule to know who has the talent to play and who doesn’t. The fact is, the 2008 NFL preseason schedule games will be used to fill the final three or four roster spots with the best player and the fans are the ones who have to suffer through the process when they should be watching competitive football.