footballsimp wrote:They start the same players they are going to start. They dont just start the #4 QB just to start him and then let their #1 go up against the third and fourth string. So you get a general idea of position battles.
Not sure when I said all teams start their practice squad players, but OK
I'm pretty sure we know how most #1 look already. What is a #2 or 3 going up another team #2 or 3 going to show you? That they can play against back-ups. I did say there were little things to see, but for the most part it is useless. Teams are not going all out in pre-season and again do not even gameplan for pre-season games. They are running through situations rather than real life football. Starters are playing a very limited amount of time, you can not project stats from 2-3 series throughout the entire game. If pre-season means so much, why did the Lions go from 4-0(in the pre-season) to 0-16(regular season)
footballsimp wrote:These local broadcasters calling some of the games have a MUCH better insight on how things are going with players than I do. So, when a player makes a grab or busts a decent run, the commentators or sideline reporters will tell you if the team is excited about said player and if he is having a good camp. Which I like to hear. They're opinion is much more credible than mine.
Just to let you in on a little secret, but don't tell everybody...most teams say that they are excited about every player. Local broadcaster(media) are going to talk about good things in camp, even then they are not going to say too much about the teams progress.
footballsimp wrote:I could go on but I think there is a lot to learn about preseason. Coaches learn a lot about their players in these games and I think we can too.
Coaches learn much more in practice.
footballsimp wrote:Or, you could just go off your magazine that was printed in May and assume those rankings remain true in September.
You pegged me as magazine guy, I guess I'm busted