I love the NFL preseason. Of course it’s no comparison to the regular season; however, it’s where stars are found.
It’s where those prized undrafted free agents are discovered. It’s where rookie quarterbacks have their “welcome to the NFL” moment after getting crushed by a blitzing linebacker. It gives coaches the chance to evaluate their talent across the board.
“Put it on tape” is often heard throughout practices and preseason games, giving coaches the option of letting men live out their dreams while also telling others they aren’t good enough.
As an avid Hard Knocks fan, there’s nothing worse than watching a player get cut. That’s a part of the business of the league, as there’s nothing harder than being an NFL head coach.
Their job expectancy is indefinite. How terrifying is that? The pressure coaches feel today seems to be growing exponentially, where even former Super Bowl-winning coaches have been given the boot (Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden and Brian Billick).
Anyway, I can’t remember a more anticipated or event-filled preseason. We had Andrew Luck vs. RGIII, Peyton Manning in a Broncos jersey, replacement referees who were making fools of themselves, and we said goodbye to Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson (probably).
So with all of that said, what coaches stood out this 2012 NFL preseason?