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Packers president sees momentum for shortening preseason by a game

Mike McCarthy AP

Green Bay is one of the “fortunate” teams to get to play five preseason games this year, but Packers president Mark Murphy said there’s more talk about shortening the exhibition slate to three.

Via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Murphy said that the league’s competition committee has talked about reducing the preseason by a game, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy is all in favor of that.

“That would probably be a little more practical, especially with all the emphasis on player safety,” McCarthy said. “Hell, they’ve cut back everything else. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go to three games. Three games with a two-week bye week, with two weeks before the opener. That’s just my opinion. Nobody’s told me that. I’d be for it. I think it makes a lot of sense. Then you could be a little more aggressive in that third game. Just take the fourth one out.”

Since fourth preseason games rarely feature starters, or at least stars, few would miss the “game” if it went away. And Murphy said McCarthy’s suggestion has some traction.

“I think there would be support for three,” Murphy said. “I think Mike’s [idea], that’s what we’ve talked about. Rather than playing that fourth game on a Thursday, . . . don’t play a fourth game and then you’d have an extra week. We’ve looked at different models, but I think that’s the one that makes the most sense.

“You’re giving up some revenue, but it’s one of the worst things we do. The move we made on variable [ticket] pricing helps a little bit in how preseason is viewed, but especially that fourth game is kind of a throwaway.”

Of course, shifting the cost to regular season games — as the Packers did last week — will make up for that revenue hit. But getting rid of a meaningless game sounds like the kind of thing coaches and players and consumers would support anyway.

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  1. mongo3401 says: Feb 26, 2016 11:53 AM

    I would love the pre season cut down to three games, maybe even two. Teams know what their veterans can do already. No need to take chances. With the way things are now half the league is mediocre at best. Why risk losing a starter or high priced player in pre season.

  2. h0metownzero says: Feb 26, 2016 11:57 AM

    It’s not important for all the teams. For instance the Vikings have managed to shorten the post season.

  3. fordmandalay says: Feb 26, 2016 12:01 PM

    Too bad he doesn’t see momentum for shortening McCarthy’s time as the Packers HC.

  4. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:05 PM

    IT’S GOOD!!!!

    VIKINGS WIN!!!!

    ~ Steve Harvey ~

  5. doggeatdogg says: Feb 26, 2016 12:08 PM

    Shorten the preseason instead.

  6. Kelly's Chronicles says: Feb 26, 2016 12:10 PM

    As long as they make the former preseason games all for it. Just don’t want less football. Spring and summer take too long as it is…

  7. celticsforever says: Feb 26, 2016 12:11 PM

    If they decide to axe a meaningless game then I suppose the Vikings will not play at all.

  8. benh999 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:11 PM

    Removing the game would basically be a 5% drop in ticket revenue for non-playoff teams. I don’t think many owners will get behind it unless there is a regular season game added.

  9. Kelly's Chronicles says: Feb 26, 2016 12:13 PM

    As long as they make the former preseason games regular season games I am all for it. Just don’t want less football. Spring and summer take too long as it is…

  10. boido says: Feb 26, 2016 12:14 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Feb 26, 2016 11:57 AM
    It’s not important for all the teams. For instance the Vikings have managed to shorten the post season.

    ———————————————————————

    I’m a Vikings fan, and I still lol’d at this. Nicely done…

  11. 700levelvet says: Feb 26, 2016 12:15 PM

    Like they have a say,., be realistic

  12. dohczeppelin says: Feb 26, 2016 12:15 PM

    I understand that most people aren’t particularly interested in the preseason, but it serves one very important purpose that most people overlook.

    Basically, most of the guys on the field are playing for their jobs. Yes, everyone knows what most of the starters can do already so their presence isn’t really necessary beyond 1 qtr. to “warm up” for the season, but a lot of the other guys aren’t even guaranteed a roster spot. Those guys deserve all the opportunities they can get to prove themselves and get some of their game on film so they can try to secure their roster spot, or at least spark interest with other teams.

    Also, preseason is very important for rookies to get a taste of the NFL even if they aren’t ready to start yet. That experience is very valuable for 2nd/3rd string players. Preseason is nice for hardcore fans too because they can get a feel of how much depth their team has. Lets face it, most starters go down at some point or another during the season so it’s nice to know who will be stepping up in their absence.

    For those reasons, I do not think the preseason could be shortened. It’s a huge job interview opportunity for lower tier players.

  13. vikingdoode says: Feb 26, 2016 12:18 PM

    Two games woul be ideal! Players are full time as far as being in shape. I’d like to add a playoff week. Wild card should be 2nd place teams. Next week winners of wild card game play division winners.

  14. babygaga19 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:28 PM

    Lose a preseason game? Not a chance! The owners would be leaving precious money on the table.

  15. whatjusthapped says: Feb 26, 2016 12:35 PM

    The downside to 3 games is that it gives some teams less time to attempt 27 yard FG attempts. Who knows at what point that skill set will be critical?

  16. ebdug says: Feb 26, 2016 12:39 PM

    Why do they need any preseason games? Just play 20 regular ones.

  17. corky2141 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:39 PM

    Eagles announced this week that they also are going to variable ticket pricing, with preseason games costing half the amount of last year’s regular season game tickets.
    They also will not be raising ticket prices this year.

  18. arzcardinals says: Feb 26, 2016 12:40 PM

    They can’t till 2020. NFL has sold TV rights to 4 preseason games….you honestly think they are gonna give $$ back. No chance.

    Nothing changes 4 preseason games.
    I hate it, but it’s not gonna change.

  19. dirtdawg54 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:44 PM

    No owner will leave money on the table. They will simply adjust the regular season price to make up the difference. Besides, it’s not as big a hit as people make it out to be. The players actually eat half of the loss since 50% of all revenues go into player salaries. Unless the NFL finds a way to hide the revenue source – but they’d never, ever, ever do that. Would they?

  20. mmack66 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:51 PM

    He had me until that two week bye before the opener nonsense.

  21. rollotomasi14 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:52 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Feb 26, 2016 11:57 AM
    It’s not important for all the teams. For instance the Vikings have managed to shorten the post season.
    ——————————–
    Green Bay hasn’t done much better

  22. tjacks7 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:54 PM

    Cut it to zero games because the more inaccurate passers in the league will still get their receivers hurt during those three games. Why risk it?

  23. cheeseisfattening says: Feb 26, 2016 12:55 PM

    Mike’s idea or dropping the 4th preseason game is just another example of how lazy this man is. It is too much effort to go out and play that game while instead he could be at an Old Country Buffet or at a Sizzler.

  24. Staticphear says: Feb 26, 2016 1:20 PM

    the 4th preseason game is the only one I can afford😦

  25. rsponholz says: Feb 26, 2016 1:20 PM

    Along with dropping a preseason game, the NFL should add a 17th regular season game, so all teams could play a neutral site game. It’s a win, win for eveyone

  26. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 26, 2016 1:21 PM

    I love how the packers and their fans just assume that OTAs, minicamps, training camp and now preseason games are pointless.

    Whats the worst that can happen from not having your body in game shape ready?… torn ACLs.

  27. diveleft says: Feb 26, 2016 1:40 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Feb 26, 2016 12:35 PM

    The downside to 3 games is that it gives some teams less time to attempt 27 yard FG attempts. Who knows at what point that skill set will be critical?
    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷
    And it will give other teams less time to defend against fake punts, desperation lob pass 2-point conversions, receiving onside kicks, actually going for it on 4th and goal with only inches to go, and coin flips among other things. Who knows at what point those skill sets will be critical?

  28. bassplucker says: Feb 26, 2016 2:03 PM

    Based on the horrible football I saw being played the first few weeks of this past regular season I would say these teams need all the preseason live-fire action they can get. Especially since they barely block or tackle in practice anymore.

  29. ariani1985 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:21 PM

    Translation, our former pro bowl QBs in accuracy cost us a decent WR last year!

  30. todd6162 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:34 PM

    Two preseason games and 18 regular-season games that’s the way to go

  31. madmaxx87 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:54 PM

    Two preseason games and 18 regular-season games that’s the way to go.
    =============================
    Two preseason games with 17 regular season games is the way to go – 8 home, 8 road, 1 neutral site game.

    The neutral site game would keep teams who play in London/Germany/Mexico from losing a home game. The NFL could bid-out the other games to interested cities. Wouldn’t it be cool to see the Chiefs and Vikings in Lincoln, NE or the Steelers-Eagles in State College, PA? Just sayin’.

  32. allight59 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:05 PM

    one less chance for Erin Rogers to get an OT win….

  33. purpleguy says: Feb 26, 2016 3:08 PM

    As a season ticket holder, if they increase the cost of the 8 regular season games to make up the difference, that would suck.

  34. conormacleod says: Feb 26, 2016 3:10 PM

    It’s amusing reading all the negative comments from the 2nd place Packer fans. This just in, you’re in second place until at least the end of the 2016 season. And probably for years to come. You know, unless you fall to 3rd or 4th in the division.

  35. stellarperformance says: Feb 26, 2016 3:30 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Feb 26, 2016 3:10 PM
    It’s amusing reading all the negative comments from the 2nd place Packer fans. This just in, you’re in second place until at least the end of the 2016 season.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    That’s curious, because when the Packers won the SuperBowl a few years back, the Viking trolls were screaming: THAT WAS LAST YEAR, NOBODY CARES. THIS IS AN ALL-NEW SEASON. THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW.”

    I mean, I’m willing to give you credit all season long, but I want to be fair and do the right thing, and you guys seem to think you’re the experts. Can you please explain the difference this time around?

    It’s a shame the Vikings could only use the division win as a springboard to padding their all-time NFL post-season record for losses. Cumulative. All-time. Including pre-merger teams. I don’t think any team will ever catch the Vikings and break that record, do you? What do you think?

    In everyone’s book—-you’re still losers. Oh…one last thing……

    WIDE LEFT.

  36. boomgrounder says: Feb 26, 2016 3:48 PM

    I realize the Packers don’t have a Billionaire Owner and their President’s cheese head is frozen solid on Feb 26th. But he must remember 3 reasons why the other 31 NFL Owners will never agree to a 3 game Preseason plan as he is suggesting.
    1) it’s about the money!
    2) It’s always about the money!
    3) If they tell you it’s not about the money, it’s about the money!!

  37. ravenswinsuperbowl47 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:52 PM

    Two preseason games with 17 regular season games is the way to go – 8 home, 8 road, 1 neutral site game.

    The neutral site game would keep teams who play in London/Germany/Mexico from losing a home game.

    ****************************************************

    Bingo!

    The 17th game should be an interdivisional rivalry e.g. heavy doses of Jets – Giants, Raiders – 49ers, Ravens -Redskins, Bucs – Jags or -Dolphins. Stretch the 17 games over 19 weeks with two bye weeks. Start the regular season in late August to avoid the alernative of more poorly attended bitter-cold January games. Play late August games at night, or in AC’d domes, or up north. Mandate 1/3rd price “value pricing” for the remaining home exhibition game in early August.

    NFL owners & players would rake in more billions via 2 more weeks of TV revenue. Paying fans would have the exhibition game rip-off reduced by 5/6ths or more. NFL fans in cities other than London (e.g. Toronto, Vancouver, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Portland, Honolulu, Mex City, St Louis) get to see one or more games live.

    Player safety due to one more gamee? Give everyone but QB, Kicker, Punter, snapper a mandatory week off. Spread out the time-offs, and the fans will never detect a fall-off in game quality.

  38. stellarperformance says: Feb 26, 2016 3:53 PM

    allight59 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 3:05 PM
    one less chance for Erin Rogers to get an OT win…
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Who?

  39. housemusic1200 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:56 PM

    Comments like Stellar’s are the very reason why GB fans are the most hated in all of professional sports. No respect for other teams, or their fans. Dude, there’s more to life than Packer football. Leave the house once in a while.

  40. stellarperformance says: Feb 26, 2016 4:06 PM

    housemusic1200 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 3:56 PM
    Comments like Stellar’s are the very reason why GB fans are the most hated in all of professional sports.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    You guys are coming on here and always disrespecting us FIRST. Nothing but insults and put-downs. Constantly.

    I post REACTIVELY. They post PROACTIVELY. To be respected, you must show respect.

    Get a clue

  41. tfram007 says: Feb 26, 2016 4:08 PM

    Goin to the Sizzler. Saweet!

  42. tfram007 says: Feb 26, 2016 4:11 PM

    Pretty sure Patriot fans are the most hated – just sayin. For the most part nobody really cares about the Packers. Their kind of like the NFL’s version of the fat friend who has to come along with the hot girl. NFL DUFF

  43. housemusic1200 says: Feb 26, 2016 4:12 PM

    ^did you notice the very first comment on the Everson Griffin article? Classy.

  44. beavertonsteve says: Feb 26, 2016 5:33 PM

    18 week season with 16 games. 2 bye weeks at least 4 weeks apart for each team would help keep players healthy and allow players to recover from injuries suffered in season.

  45. beavertonsteve says: Feb 26, 2016 5:36 PM

    2 bye weeks would also help with some travelling and scheduling issues (byes before Thursday games or after cross country/out of country games)

  46. packmanfan says: Feb 26, 2016 5:45 PM

    Well, if they want to only play 3 games, then do it. Declare the 4th one a forfeit. What’s the worse that would happen?
    No first round draft pick for the Packers?
    Ruh-ro! There goes the future team! Guess they better play all 4 anyway.

  47. packmanfan says: Feb 26, 2016 5:51 PM

    rollotomasi14 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 12:52 PM
    h0metownzero says:
    Feb 26, 2016 11:57 AM
    It’s not important for all the teams. For instance the Vikings have managed to shorten the post season.
    ——————————–
    Green Bay hasn’t done much better
    —————————————————————————–
    That’s right. We haven’t.

    For the past majority of years, we get to the playoffs only to blow it. Just like the Vikings.

    Oh sure. We have 13 Championships, but all this is dusty, ancient history. We have nothing, no bragging rights. We are as good as the Vikings and Bears. Until we win another SB, and that probably won’t happen as long as we have McMuffin as coach, we don’t have any bragging rights at all. Zero. Zilch. None.
    It’s laughable that we somehow think we are better than the Vikes when we are just as bad as they are.

  48. packmanfan says: Feb 26, 2016 5:53 PM

    Don’t the Packers owners have a say in this?
    Oh wait….
    Never mind.

  49. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 26, 2016 11:58 PM

    But then we’d have nothing to do that night. I guess we could go over to Avery’s and push RAV4’s around. Or roast marshmallows.

  50. 13worldchampioinships says: Feb 27, 2016 1:49 PM

    Preseason is important. Not for the starters, but for all the undrafted, second, third or fourth stringers. Teams have to sift through a lot of talent. How else can you trim a 90 man roster with no preseason games? Preseason is boring, unless you’re interested in seeing the second or third tier athletes try to make it in the NFL.

  51. cheeseisfattening says: Feb 27, 2016 3:55 PM

    Notice I never cry about all the Packer trolls like there are on this thread. That is because I don’t cry about Viking trolls, hell I am one. How incredibly stupid would I look crying about one group of trolls and never saying a thing about another group doing the exact same thing.

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 28, 2016 12:29 AM

    I would think Murphy would want anything that lessens the overall impact on a qb’s fragile collarbone.

  53. stellarperformance says: Feb 28, 2016 10:34 AM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Feb 27, 2016 3:55 PM
    Notice I never cry about all the Packer trolls like there are on this thread. That is because I don’t cry about Viking trolls, hell I am one. How incredibly stupid would I look crying about one group of trolls and never saying a thing about another group doing the exact same thing.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////

    Oh yeah, you’re a very admirable guy. But you don’t troll. You bully under the protection of anonymity. You are the first to show up with insults and put-downs and antagonistic tripe. You don’t ever post anything about football. Calling yourself a troll is flattering yourself. You deserve a much worse label.

  54. ariani1985 says: Feb 28, 2016 4:01 PM

    Geeze fecal, wake up on the wrong side of the bed?

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