Originally Posted by ARMAGEDDON EAGLE
Are you kidding me? That's so obvious ...look, everyone does not play by the same "preseason rules." What I'm saying here is that many times coaches have different agendas, but all teams want to win. Normally teams with the worst record (or less talent) will try to go into the preseason and win, for the purpose of es spirit de corps (team cohesiveness; the glue that binds teams).
Pre-season is a time to evaluate players and if it comes down to winning or to continue to play 3rd and 4th string players most teams will take the loss as to get a better look at that 3rd or 4th string player.[/quote]
That "taking the loss" attitude is a "defeatest" approach to playing football. In fact most athletes will tell you that they play the game to win -- not to loose!
So no, I'm not trying to be funny. I'll bet good dollar bills that Billy-P has a Trick or two outside of the average fans perspective of what preseason is all about. And he will not be laughing -- hell, he won't even crack a smile!
Here's trying to be funny ...
If Billy-P smiled his face would crack ... If Billy-P smiled the team better smile with him!
Now that's funny
Parcells said last season "Of course I want to win but not at the expense of seeing the players who are trying to make the team" What I'm saying is there is no way to make any type of accurate prediction in pre-season because most teams are more concerned with evaluating talent than the final outcome of a game. If it means that much then teams would be starting their 1st unit and leaving them in there they don't because the realize they have 4 to 5 weeks to cut the roster down from 80 to 53 players and they only way that can be done is by getting these players in game situations. I'm excited about the pre-season games as well, I want to see 1st unit guys play well after that it is a matter of watching individuals as they try to make the ball club. You have a better chance of predicting a pre-season game by pulling names out of a hat because there is no scouting or game planning by teams because they realize what it is about and that is evaluations, sorry if you can't understand that.