Beware! The last of the NFL preseason games are set to kickoff and there is a little known danger all franchises should avoid. You do not want to go undefeated in the preseason. One may think that rolling into the start of the regular schedule on a winning streak would be good a thing, but you would be wrong.
Those first four practice games are to evaluate talent, determine the last few roster spots and give rookies a chance to learn the system. Vets do gain something from those early reps but those games are more for the greener players to help them get up to speed. The contests are not about getting the win. It’s nice if it happens, but the coaching staffs use preseason as a tool to develop the best squad they can. If those games’ outcomes meant something then starters would play longer and that would ruin the purpose.
A loss is a good learning experience. It can show you where the holes are. What needs to be fixed. It can bond and galvanize a unit together. It’s an important step in the journey of any successful team. You lose and you learn that it sucks and you never want to feel like that way again. Every champion requires this moment. It’s best to take care of this when the games don’t count.
And let’s not forget the 2008 Detroit Lions. They cruised to a 4-0 record in the preseason then went 0-16 in the regular year. So yeah. Not saying that you will automatically lose all your games if you go undefeated in the pre but it doesn’t bode well for your future. Learn from the Lions. Please, no one wants to see 0-16. It’s ugly for everyone involved.
All 32 NFL teams need to get their acts together quick. Real football is almost here and there is little time left to improve. The faster each squad can pull together, the better their chances are in the long run. An early loss is often that perfect item to focus on to help players get better. Also, you don’t want to risk getting your stars hurt playing against less experienced players. Coaches, be smart about how you manage this last outing.
So watch out 3-0 preseason teams. I’m looking at you Eagles, Patriots, Vikings, Texans, Ravens and Packers. Don’t blow it by winning that last game. It’s totally not worth it. Trust me, I’m a Lions fan.