Originally Posted by texanhead08
I just don't understand why team GM's and Head Coaches that get paid millions of dollars need 4 games to evaluate basically 10 roster spots. Its not a secret that you basically know who will be on your team except the bottom 10 spots on the roster each year.
The current structure of preseason games is more about tradition than anything else.
Back in the day:
1. GMs and Head Coaches didn't get paid millions of dollars. They didn't even get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.
2. Many of the football players had day jobs and in the offseason, they were working at their regular job. Being a football player didn't pay most guys enough to survive on. Because of that, they didn't keep themselves in shape and the coaches needed these games to get everyone back in shape.
3. You needed several games just to get everyone in shape and teach everyone your playbook and get them worked to a point that they could do the things you wanted them to do.
They don't need 4 preseason games, anymore. The players are in shape and know more about what they're doing and why, the coaches have more and better information.
But the owners still want those games because they make a bigger profit on them. The players don't get paid game-checks for preseason games so the owners have lower operating expenses for these games.