No Need To Freak Over PreseasonAugust 22nd, 2013
Joe knows Bucs fans freaked out over the annoying loss to the Patriots last week and began an avalanche of criticism levied upon Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman.
But it is just preseason. It doesn’t mean anything. Nothing in fact. Trust Joe, Bucs players heard the fans flip out, but guard Davin Joseph put the uproar into perspective, noting you cannot judge a season by the preseason.
“It is hard to tell,” Joseph said. “Some teams win all the preseason games and will be .500 and under and other teams that won’t win a game in the preseason and will go on an undefeated streak. I think fantasy football has a lot to do with that. People have to get their team right. They pay attention a lot with preseason. We look at it different. We look at it as executing to decide the final 53 guys here. We really don’t game plan.”
Joe asked Joseph if preseason football was like spring training baseball, in that sometimes pitchers will only work on one specific pitch and will not deviate, no matter the hitter or the count. Football teams will use preseason games to sometimes work on one thing, only. Joseph did not disagree.
“Yeah, you have a small package of plays so you could say it is similar,” Joseph said. “You are not running your full menu of plays, just a sampler. Running certain formations of plays. [A] quarterback will run certain plays in the offseason and what not. What I get from a preseason game playbook is nothing like what we see in a regular season game.”
There you have it. While Bucs fans naturally want the Bucs to win a preseason game, the games are not played for the scoreboard. Rather, they are a tool to improve and prepare for the regular season.