For years, the media has been calling for the NFL to significantly curtail the amount of Pre-season games. The extreme suggestions were to get rid of them altogether. It was proclaimed the games were not just inconsequential but futile since many starters see few to zero snaps.
The exceedingly small amount of first and second-string players making cameo appearances often were scrutinized because they were risking injuries. Valid concern indeed. It has happened many times where a veteran starter has a season-ending injury in a meaningless exhibition game. Other times a high-profile future superstar high draft pick misses his entire rookie season because they stayed in for one extra snap of meaningless football. Much of the pre-season games are occupied by players battling to see who ends up unemployed and who gets to be on the practice squad. Or two players compete for one position and they both get cut as another player steps into the role.
Welcome to the reality of the Wuhan Virus NFL season. Baby steps to reduce the pre-season games is not a luxury available to any teams. Zero pre-season games have been suggested even if the suggestions were not 100 percent the exact desire. Well, here we are. No pre-season games will take place during this rare unique Covid-19 training camp.
If the season does not get delayed or canceled and the strict action items in place are effective keeping everyone involved safe, Buffalo will proceed with hosting the Jets come September 13. No fans in attendance. Some players on both sides have opted out of playing this season to stay safe, home with their families, instead of quarantined in a Twilight Zone NFL season.
Many fans have reacted on social media and talk radio shows expecting the product on the field to be compromised. Rusty. Sloppy. Not in sync. No timing.
Coach McDermott wanted to make his view crystal clear. “I’m not lowering my standards, and I don’t expect anyone in this building to be lowering their standards. What I’ve seen so far, honestly, is an unbelievable display of a standard in our building with the effort that’s been put in by our ops staff, from leadership on down.
“They’ve done a great job getting our building ready and I’ve been very impressed with the standard that I’ve seen to this point, and I expect us to carry that through. I’m watching other leagues out there, and you wonder how much of some of the rust or errors is because of maybe the lack of time together. We maintain a high level of expectations and a standard that we live by here in the building.”
4,974,959 cases of Coronavirus in the States. 161,284 deaths to this point. Protesting and rioting over the George Floyd death continues since May 26. With all of the dramatic chaos, Sean McDermott still appears to be following the process while saying all of the right things.
I will go on record saying that I am quite alright if Mr. Clean and Mr. Beane deliver a Lombardi trophy to One Bills Drive even if it happens to be during the Wuhan Virus season. Just saying….
Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:
- Buffalo signed six season veteran guard Brian Winters. The 29-year-old very physical Offensive Lineman played all of his career to this point with the New Jersey Football Jets.
- The Bills activated large target wide receiver Duke Williams from the reserve/covid list.
- Mitch Morse (center) made it clear that this year is all about perfecting the communication between him and Josh Allen.