The NFL preseason has been cut in half due to the fears of a second wave of the coronavirus coming this fall, so what could that mean for the Tennessee Titans?
There is fear that a second wave of the coronavirus could be coming this fall, and with that fear means that the NFL has cut its preseason in half to only two preseason games for all teams. For the Tennessee Titans, there are some pros and cons to this.
I’ve never seen anything like what is going on with the coronavirus right now. Some countries are opening up and recovering; others aren’t opening quite yet. That’s about the same for states in the US as some try to open up while others aren’t doing anything. Whether you think it’s warranted to open up or stay closed, I’ll leave that up to you.
Many football fans have been asking themselves and their friends if the NFL and NCAA will allow fans in the stands this fall. Now, after the NFL cutting the preseason in half, they might want to start asking if there will be a full college football and NFL season.
I’m not going to make a political statement or dive into my opinion on the matter; I just want to present what’s going on outside the sports world. With all that being said, what does the new half-preseason mean for the Titans?
Well, for the fans, it means you don’t have to pretend to care about four meaningless games, and when the preseason starts we’re only two weeks away from the regular season instead of a month. That will be a nice adjustment.
There’s less playing time players will get which means there’s less of a chance someone gets injured, but if a player fighting for a roster spot has a bad game, then he could be cut, even if he has one really good game and likely would’ve performed well in every other preseason game.
The first and last preseason game will be cut, which means the Titans will only play the middle two games. In the games being cut, the Titans would’ve played the Washington Redskins and the Chicago Bears. The New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain on the preseason schedule.
Those final two preseason games might not remain on the schedule for too long, though. Now the question has been asked. Should any preseason games be played? The NFLPA could push for no preseason this year, which would make for a tricky time when roster cuts come around.
Of course, I want everyone to be safe and address that in whatever way that we need to. Player safety should come first, and it looks like the NFL is making that a priority. Even if the schedule needs to be adjusted, I think going without a preseason is a bad idea for young players and teams trying to make roster cuts.
It seems like there is still a lot in discussion between the league and the player’s association, so we likely won’t be done with this storyline.