The preseason is too long, and tonight, we will all be witnesses to this fact.
I get the argument that preseason games aren’t about the fans and their unquenchable thirst for football, but rather coaches trying to work on things and getting their players ready for the games that actually mean something. But this can be accomplished in two or three games. How do I know this? Because of things like this from Andrew Brandt on Wednesday…
Heard from NFL team exec about 1st round of cuts, he kept hearing "We can't cut him yet, we need him to play on Thursday!" Oh.
— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) August 28, 2013
Yeah, that pretty much sums up what you’re about to watch tonight. And the NFL charges people full prices for these games. Fortunately, after tonight you won’t have to hear me complain about preseason games until the 2014 preseason when the cycle begins all over again.
Having said that, the Steelers are expected to play their backups and their collection of waiver fodder for most of this game (and Landry Jones … good luck. You’re going to need it) for their annual preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers that almost always features a big performance from some guy on the bubble. The Steelers and Panthers have met in the final week of the preseason every season since 2003, with the Steelers winning seven of those games, including six in a row, which is far more research than I should have done for this.
Talk about the game here. My advice: Watch the Pirates.