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Phil Simms' interesting point about preseason

Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:57 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

Phil Simms made an excellent point during the Texans-Cowboys game Saturday night. For fans, the general tP. Simms (US Presswire)hinking is that players don’t play hard during the preseason. Simms said players actually play harder during the preseason – and he wasn’t just referring to guys who are trying to make the team. Simms argues that because players are their freshest and fittest in the preseason, the game is naturally faster and more violent.

In Simms’ mind, the preseason is not only about working the tactical kinks out – it’s about gradually preparing your body for the punishment of live action come September. That’s why the former Super Bowl MVP thinks an 18-game schedule (which would mean a two-game preseason) is a poor idea.

“I think it’s a game where you slowly indoctrinate yourself in to the hitting and all the punishment that comes with it,” Simms said. “So it’s a little bit the first (preseason) game; a little more and a little more. You don’t go into boxing, Hey my first professional fight I’m taking on Mike Tyson. I’m ready for the real thing. You don’t do that. You slowly work your way into it. I think it’s going to hurt the players if they change it drastically.”

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 6:04 pm

Phil Simms' interesting point about preseason

Phil, that is nonsense.  If players play harder during preseason, they are not slowly working their way into it.  Get rid of the preseason and get on with playing the regular season.  College does not have a preseason - sure pro football is faster and harder but so are the players or they would not be there.  Also, a 16 game regular season is plenty.  With no preseason, that is 4 fewer games for players to get beat up.

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