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Bill O’Brien would like to see a shorter preseason

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Texans coach Bill O’Brien is among the growing numbers of people around the NFL who thinks there are too many preseason games.

O’Brien said this morning on PFT Live that four preseason games is too many. O’Brien noted that teams cut their rosters from 90 players to 75 players before the fourth preseason game, then from 75 to 53 after the fourth preseason game, and he thinks it would make more sense to just have one cut from 90 to 53 after the third preseason game, and scrap the fourth preseason game.

“I do believe that if we could go to two or three preseason games, I do think that would help,” O’Brien said. “When you think back to last year, and we talked about maybe eliminating the 75 cut and just having one cut, I do think that would help. I think you go into that last game really know for the most part who your team is going to be. It’s difficult because you don’t have a ton of players available to you in that fourth preseason game. My opinion would be we could get it done in two or three preseason games, but again, I’m not in the decision-making role, that’s just my opinion.”

Shortening the preseason would seem to be something that management and labor alike could agree on, but there’s no guarantee that the players and owners will reach such an agreement any time soon. The owners make money off the preseason, and they wouldn’t want to give that money up — which is why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has floated the idea of eliminating two preseason weeks but adding two regular season weeks. The players have voiced opposition to that.

So while a shorter preseason might sound like a good idea, it may not be an idea that owners will embrace.

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  1. knowspinzone says: Sep 6, 2016 8:28 AM

    “……… NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has floated the idea of eliminating two preseason weeks but adding two regular season weeks.”

    This is why this idiot is unqualified. Players are beaten up enough in 16 games, let alone 18. Come the playoffs there won’t be any opening game starters left on the team.

  2. dickshotdogs says: Sep 6, 2016 8:35 AM

    Get in line, Coach.

  3. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 6, 2016 8:38 AM

    who wouldn’t with the exception of Packer fans?

  4. streetyson says: Sep 6, 2016 8:41 AM

    Why have a team in China, Roger? Start the season in the summer after one pre-seasoner, enabling an extra bye-week and, if you really want to expand, a possible easy merger/expansion with the CFL if it switched to our code (most of those teams’ owners would jump at that chance of the extra dough that would bring). But you could still move your office to Beijing – I’ll look up flights for you buddy!

  5. razzlejag says: Sep 6, 2016 8:48 AM

    I enjoy one pre-season game- it’s good to go to the stadium and see old friends, do the tailgating bit, etc and see the rookies.

    The second pre-season game is a waste of money and I am considering giving up my 8 season tickets because of it. They will find another sucker for sure but that’s a lot of play money back in my pocket.

  6. Commissioner Cools says: Sep 6, 2016 8:53 AM

    So would fans who continue to get fleeced by being charged the full ticket price to see this crap.

  7. deanvernonwormer says: Sep 6, 2016 9:01 AM

    Can’t do it Bill. We need to continue to rip off the fans by forcing season ticket holders to buy the preseason games.

    Signed, Roger Goodell (and Woody Johnson)

  8. corchamp says: Sep 6, 2016 9:04 AM

    EVERYONE would like to see a shorter preseason…

  9. trigzter says: Sep 6, 2016 9:08 AM

    Most of the fans would too

  10. dpdonny says: Sep 6, 2016 9:10 AM

    He’s gonna get his wish … but the price will be a longer regular season.

  11. swellbuilt says: Sep 6, 2016 9:13 AM

    Just stick a couple in your chin Bill. No one would notice.

  12. chuckxx says: Sep 6, 2016 9:40 AM

    I agree with Bill a thousand percent. The games always run the risk of a career ending injury and for what??? A completely meaningless game that a year from now you wouldn’t even remember the score or probably even the winner.

  13. kevinlawrencecantor says: Sep 6, 2016 9:48 AM

    I’ve proposed this before, but it makes sense for a number of reasons for the preseason to go to 3 games. 1 Home, 1 Away, 1 Neutral Site game.

    If the NFL truly wants more money they’d have these neutral site games in Alabama, Kansas, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Montreal, Toronto and other sites with passionate fanbases but no NFL team. You could potentially create new fans, and the teams split the gate.

  14. celticsforever says: Sep 6, 2016 9:51 AM

    We are going to eliminate the kickoff to reduce injuries. You can no longer hot a receiver.. to reduce injuries. You can’t tackle low, or high… to reduce injuries. But we are going to add 2 more games in the regular season to reduce errrr.. increase profits.

    Signed heir goodell

  15. luckyforus says: Sep 6, 2016 9:51 AM

    The owners make money off the preseason, and they wouldn’t want to give that money up

    ================================

    The Players make money off the preseason too. I doubt the players would want to give up that money too.

    I think they should cut preseason to 2 games and add one game to the regular season and then have an extra bye week.

    It’s the NFL, they can make up the money from TV or by keeping season ticket prices the same.

  16. danbo3330 says: Sep 6, 2016 9:58 AM

    I’m still in favor of the 2Pre – 18Reg format. I understand the concern about increased injuries, but teams are still playing 18+ games in the playoffs as-is. You’d also have starters playing less pre-season (likely only one game) to compensate. It sure would make paying for “10 games” more palatable to season ticket holders. Owners would get higher attendance as a result given that folks aren’t all that interested in pre-season games.

  17. JSpicoli says: Sep 6, 2016 10:07 AM

    So would any season ticket holder and their checkbook.

    The Met does not make you pay full boat to watch rehearsals.

  18. buddha420cwa says: Sep 6, 2016 10:08 AM

    Yes definitely we need to go to an 18 game schedule and eliminate two preseason games. To the people thatvare worried about injuries I say they add a second bye week. Not to mention they could also add a round of playoff games. It will happen.

  19. therealtrenches says: Sep 6, 2016 10:08 AM

    September football is already a joke.

    If you want to make the amount of game action these teams face *even shorter* you have to accept an even lower quality of football in the early months of the year.

  20. xavier179 says: Sep 6, 2016 10:12 AM

    This guy reminds me of Arians, he just states the obvious and says nothing new.

  21. gah05 says: Sep 6, 2016 10:15 AM

    Reduce to 2 pre-season games, expand playoffs by one more round. Win-Win as more teams make playoffs and one less game overall. I think the revenues will even itself out to please all.

  22. bryonneufeld says: Sep 6, 2016 10:22 AM

    18 game regular season runs the risk of compromising the quality of the playoffs. Just leave it the way it is. Although the preseason games are stinkers, the preparation for the games still forces teams to continue to work on scheme and timing which helps the regular season be of higher quality.

  23. indianaviking says: Sep 6, 2016 10:34 AM

    This is so easy to solve.

    Get rid of 2 preseason games.

    Add a 17th regular season game at a neutral site.
    London, Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Toronto, Montreal, San Antonio, Columbus OH, wherever. Each team gets one neutral site game.

    Add a 2nd bye week.

    This will generate enough revenue to offset the loss of one home preseason game per team.

  24. alonestartexan says: Sep 6, 2016 10:46 AM

    Why do people hate on the idea of an 18 game season so much?

    You know, the league has evolved from 10 to 12 to 14 to 16 and did so over a short period of time between the 50’s and 70’s. Since the 70’s when the Bucs/Seahawks were added and the league went to 16, we’ve added Carolina, Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Houston to the league. Went from 28 to 32, it’s time to go from 16 to 18 games.

    Quit complaining, I’m sure no one did in the 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s.

  25. JackedUpSports says: Sep 6, 2016 10:47 AM

    It’s unfortunate there will never be a time where the league forfeits a money-making opportunity for the better of the game.

  26. wtfru2 says: Sep 6, 2016 10:49 AM

    Why not compromise? Have 2 pre-season games and add 1 more game to the regular season. That will give the players one game’s less wear and tear and give the regular season profit to the owners. Seems like a win, win to me.

  27. therealtrenches says: Sep 6, 2016 11:37 AM

    wtfru2 says:
    Sep 6, 2016 10:49 AM
    Why not compromise? Have 2 pre-season games and add 1 more game to the regular season. That will give the players one game’s less wear and tear and give the regular season profit to the owners. Seems like a win, win to me.

    ———————

    It will also result in 16 games worth of revenue lost. That’s probably tens of millions of dollars, maybe even hundreds of millions total. Are you ready to dig deeper into your pockets for the jacked prices that will make that money back for the owners? Cuz I’m sure they’re not.

  28. luckyforus says: Sep 6, 2016 11:57 AM

    It will also result in 16 games worth of revenue lost. That’s probably tens of millions of dollars, maybe even hundreds of millions total. Are you ready to dig deeper into your pockets for the jacked prices that will make that money back for the owners? Cuz I’m sure they’re not.

    ============================

    I’m sure with one additional regular season game the TV money increase would offset the ticket money lost.

    Also why does everyone think the owners get all the additional revenue. There is a split with the players so the CAP will go up with increased revenue. >

  29. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 6, 2016 12:29 PM

    Are the owners too stupid to do the oldest trick in the business book?

    All they have to do is raise the ticket prices of regular season games and tell the sheep fans hey we arent going to charge u for preseason anymore

  30. imsomeguy says: Sep 6, 2016 12:59 PM

    Agreed that the preseason needs to be shortened, but if you went to 3 I’m sure game 2 would become the current game 3, and game 3 would become the current game 4. A 2 game preseason makes more sense to get starters and others enough play time prior to the season.

  31. amishninjas says: Sep 6, 2016 1:05 PM

    How much do they actually make for the 4th game? Operating costs at the stadium on game day is high. They’ve got to staff the stadium and pay the game day employees. Pay for security etc. The games can’t be half full. When you figure fringe players salaries plus stadium operating costs it can’t be an astronomical amount of profit.

  32. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Sep 6, 2016 1:58 PM

    Why don’t they add a second bye week and be done with it? More rest for the players and another week of inventory for the networks… EVERYBODY WINS!!!

  33. Trust No One says: Sep 6, 2016 2:15 PM

    Solution: Cut back to 2 pre-season games and add the four teams with the best record without a wildcard birth into the wildcard bracket.

  34. bluenose1965 says: Sep 6, 2016 2:44 PM

    2 Pre-season and 18 regular season. Additionally, expand the rosters to 60.

  35. stipez says: Sep 6, 2016 3:10 PM

    I think if you lengthen the regular season you’ll see a lot of resting stars, like the Spurs. Which may not be a bad thing.

  36. orange and blue idoits says: Sep 6, 2016 3:59 PM

    streetyson says:
    Sep 6, 2016 8:41 AM
    Why have a team in China, Roger?

    So he can schedule NE for SNF in Beijing followed by TNF in London followed by MNF in the same week in Seattle.

  37. orange and blue idoits says: Sep 6, 2016 4:10 PM

    streetyson says:
    Sep 6, 2016 8:41 AM
    Why have a team in China, Roger?

    So he can schedule NE for MNF in Beijing followed by SNF in London followed by TNF in Seattle.

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