First of all, the preseason is boring. I am a firm believer that it needs to be shortened by two games. Playing a four game preseason is only more of an opportunity for players to get injured. Nothing is ever proven by anything that happens in the preseason anyway. Let me first apologize to Dallas Cowboys defensive coach Rod Marinelli for surfacing some painful memories, but do we need reminded that the 2008 Detroit Lions went 4-0 in preseason, and 0-16 in the regular season? Again, four games that mean nothing, prove nothing. However, it does give coaches a chance to see how some of their young recruits may play and react on the field in a game-like situation, but that’s about the extent of it. I’m going to end this opening paragraph rant with a plea to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: Please, shorten the preseason to two games.
Since we are stuck with it, we might as well use it to break the lull. The off-season is brutal to any dedicated fan. Football is on my mind a lot, and the off-season never offers much to feed my hunger. Therefore, the preseason does have some value.
The Dallas Cowboys completed their first preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. There really isn’t much to take away from it other than Cowboys back up quarterback Brandon Weeden actually looked decent. But against what? It’s not like San Diego was playing all out defense like they will attempt to play when it will matter in the regular season. I received text messages from fellow fans complaining about the Cowboys defense, or this and that. The whole time, I’m just shrugging my shoulders because this all means nothing. The lineups are unlikely combinations, rookies, and backups. I really do not put any stock into what happens in the preseason as far as stats and wins go.
Another thing that means nothing, is the fact that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo didn’t play. I know there is a lot of concern over this, but I say, “so what?” If I were the coach, I probably wouldn’t play my starting quarterback at all in the preseason. It was just a precautionary measure. I like to look at it this way, Romo is coming off an injury that required surgery. Let’s say you just got over a stomach ailment, and we all know the unpleasant feelings that come with that. As you are on the mend, are you going to hit the spicy hot wings, greasy cheese fries, and jalapeño poppers? Doubtful. Why would they throw Romo in the game and risk his injury by some no name defensive rookie?
Let me encourage you not to place an early fate on the Cowboys by how they look in the preseason. Rather, watch certain players, and how they perform. Preseason games are basically dress rehearsals. It’s where teams can see what they have. Remember, the main show rarely goes the way rehearsals go.