Roger Goodell continues to beat the drum for shortening preseason

AP

Like a politician giving the same speech at different rallies, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell keeps going from town to town stumping for a shorter preseason.

This time it was at a Colts luncheon hosted by owner Jim Irsay, where Goodell spoke alongside Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, Colts General Manager Chris Ballard, coach Chuck Pagano and others.

When asked about the possibility of shortening the preseason, Goodell said he keeps hearing from people that four games is at least one too many.

“From my standpoint, we actually just talked about it, coach, Tony and Chris, I’ve asked every football guy, ‘How many preseason games do we really need to prepare your team and develop players and evaluate players and get yourself ready for the season?” Goodell said, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “And I think that has shifted dramatically in the last three years. I think that coaches and football people think that you could do this in three [games], and I actually think that’s better for the fans. I actually don’t think the preseason games are of the quality that I’m really proud of. From my standpoint, I think that would be a really healthy shift.”

So there you go. He’s doing it for the people. Clearly.

It’s at least the third time he’s brought it up this preseason, and it should be equally clear that owners aren’t eager to give away the revenue that 10th home date creates — even if some of them have started playing Three Card Monte by cutting preseason prices and making up for it elsewhere.

With owners used to 20 units of product with which to wring money out of their customers, and repeated references to three preseason games, it seems clear the ultimate goal is a 17th regular season game, which could become neutral site or international and satisfy several league objectives.

30 responses to “Roger Goodell continues to beat the drum for shortening preseason

  1. What head coaches? BB has stated he needs live games to develop and evaluate players. Joint practices are planned out. In real games the opponents have to react to each other.

  2. The quality of NFL football sucks till about week 6. Its because teams dont have enough practice time to prepare. Last year the Dolphins went 1-4 through 5 weeks. Then went 8-3 the rest of the way. Shortening the preseason will only extend bad football to halfway through the season.

  3. If they just add another bye week during the season, they can get more money from the networks for an 18-week season than for a 17-week season. That should make up for the lost revenue from the 10th home game lost every other year while also decreasing the injury risk to players rather than increasing the injury risk by adding another regular season game. Seems like everybody would be happy with that solution, unless the only goal the owners have is to make even more money than the obscene amount they make now.

  4. Why not just go to an 18 game season, eliminate the game day inactive list and only allow each player to play in 16 games? Would ramp up the strategy, force better bottom of the roster development and address the safety issue of so many games, etc.?

  5. You think coaches and football people feel that 3 games is enough, when all of them have said they don’t want to shorten the preseason? It’s like this guy just makes up information to fit the outcome he want… oh wait.

  6. He’s doing as he’s told….. This man is void of reasonable well thought out ideas or business propositions…

  7. From an injury standpoint, a lot of top guys (and rookies playing for a spot) have been lost for the year with devastating, career threatening injuries. I believe shortening the preseason by 1 is a good idea. Perhaps they could make it up with an expanded wild-card playoff format?

  8. Hmmmm…. who else on this site continues to “bang the (CK) drum” like a “politician giving the same speech at different rallies”? What irony!

  9. Seeing all the empty seats the teams would be better off selling seats at 20 dollars and make it up on volume and everything bought at stadium. There is enough injuries with the little practice teams do now.

  10. Roger Goodell should be prevented from making any decisions
    more important than what tie to wear. His ideas stink.

  11. That was quite the brain trust at that luncheon. I’m surprised they didn’t solve all of the NFL’s problems over appetizers.

  12. therealraider says:
    August 31, 2017 at 11:16 am
    The quality of NFL football sucks till about week 6. Its because teams dont have enough practice time to prepare. Last year the Dolphins went 1-4 through 5 weeks. Then went 8-3 the rest of the way. Shortening the preseason will only extend bad football to halfway through the season.
    __________

    Well, I’m a Viking fan and I think the quality of football is better at the beginning of the season. The Vikings went 5-0 through 5 weeks and then finished 3-8. If they eliminated the preseason entirely, they might have started 9-0!

  13. He can’t please some of the people ANY time. All you hear is commentators wibbling about how the preseason is too long or should be eliminated. Then he says maybe it’s too long and PRESTO! Wibble wibble wibble. Just stop watching, posting, or buying merchandise until he retires if you hate it so much.

  14. If the NFL could make more money by eliminating the POST season they would try to push that through too. It’s not good for the game. Somebody must check them on this.

    Are we going to bring back 2 a day practices? No? Then we need more practice time not less.

  15. Roger REALLY wants a longer season, but instead of peddling that, he is going about it in a very disingenuous way. Attack the preseason and try to get rid of a few games there and voila!! By doing that THAT fits in to ADDING a game or two.
    I am not sure what “football guys” want less than four and I would rather the real football guys had more of what they need to prepare for the real season. Now, the first few games of the season are ramping up to look like a real football game. So much is eliminated in practices now.
    The BADel needs to stop talking about things he has no real knowledge of. It’s all about the money NOT about quality football and that is sad.

  16. I imagine all those “football guys” were the same ones who pushed for games in london and mexico, terrible Thursday night football, and moving the draft to a night when most fans are in bed because the have to WORK the next day..

    SMH this league is swimming in deep dog doo doo

  17. —-In Reply To
    Why not just go to an 18 game season, eliminate the game day inactive list and only allow each player to play in 16 games? Would ramp up the strategy, force better bottom of the roster development and address the safety issue of so many games, etc.?
    —-

    I know this was down voted, but this is an interesting idea. Being a Patriots fan, I actually was looking forward to the games Brady couldn’t start last season. Mostly I wanted to know what QB quality we had behind Brady. In the regular season, you are up against very real competition. So…

    Move to 2 preseason and 18 regular season games
    Expand the roster (how about 65 players?), eliminate game day roster limitations
    Limit players to playing in 16 games

    Positives?

    With more players, you can keep more specialty players which allows more strategic options in games. Every team could keep a fullback for instance, or a couple more tight ends. Special teams could become more specialized. Seems like it could be more exciting.

    With more players you can keep those extra players you want to develop. Maybe make it a bit easier to balance building to win now and building for long term success.

    You would spread wages out to more people. So the top end people make a few less million, but more players make real money.

    It’s interesting to see backups play, especially at quarterback. This would also allow teams to evaluate their players against real competition.

    I am sure there are many downsides, but there is a spark of something in the idea which I like.

    Thoughts?

  18. “I believe shortening the preseason by 1 is a good idea. Perhaps they could make it up with an expanded wild-card playoff format?”

    So not only do you want to water down the first 4-6 games of the season with crappier football that will result from less preparation in the preseason, you want to water down the playoffs too.

    Horrible ideas both.

  19. “Drummers around the world don’t want anything to do with roger goodell.”

    Hilarious. Best post you ever made Doc.

  20. 2 games max. With all the oi season mini camps, scrimmages, etc. that is all that is needed. The Commissioner is correct.

  21. The 4th preseason game is an insult to the fans. Some non-starters get some playing time, but mostly the coaches just care about keeping everyone healthy for the real games a week later. The quality of the regular season games would not suffer if the 4th preseason game were eliminated.

  22. ajc7nfl says:
    August 31, 2017 at 7:22 pm
    The 4th preseason game is an insult to the fans. Some non-starters get some playing time, but mostly the coaches just care about keeping everyone healthy for the real games a week later.

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

    I agree with you. But if one preseason game is cut, the last preseason game will still be zombie football.

    Everyone wants to eliminate that final preseason game. Unfortunately for fans, it will be the last one to go.

  23. If you eliminate the 4th preseason game, then the 3rd game becomes what the 4th one is now, which is watching players who will be UPS & Fedex drivers the following week. However, I’m for it. Preseason is too damn long and watching no name players last night isn’t interesting.

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