Just tuned in. Did the world come to an end?
The world can’t end in the preseason.
Rollin from Los Angeles, CA
I’m sure everyone is freaking out about the defense. But, how are you, Vic?
I’m feeling some tightness in my finger strings. I might have to let Mike take it from here.
Julie from Brooklyn, NY
Well, Vic, what’s the defense’s excuse?
Apparently they’re not ready to play at this pace. That’s not an excuse, that’s an observation.
Tanner from Chicago, IL
Boy, am I glad we got this wakeup call in the preseason and not in Week 1. Philly can make you look silly, but does this performance from the defense concern you?
Evan from Green Bay, WI
Vic, I’m about to freak out. If Cobb is seriously hurt, we are in serious trouble.
It would be a harsh blow.
Emily from Reading, PA
I keep telling myself preseason is about evaluation. What have we learned so far?
I’ll tell you what I’ve learned: Chip Kelly has introduced us to the future of professional football.
Kevin from Rockton, IL
Here’s my solution to the preseason issue. Cut the number of preseason games to two, but remove them from the season ticket packages. Reduce the cost of the season ticket packages by an appropriate amount (say 10 percent), but allow the owners to sell the preseason tickets independently. This brings in new income to the owners to help offset the season ticket income reduction, while giving the opportunity to those without season tickets to see an improved preseason product. Thoughts?
Kevin, this is my 44th season covering the NFL. In that time, I have unfortunately witnessed 44 preseasons, and the same issues we’re trying to solve today are the same issues we were trying to solve 40 years ago, and nobody has solved them. It’s the preseason. The outcomes of the games are meaningless, but the games are meaningful as they pertain to preparation and evaluation. A coach has to decide whether he wants to risk injury, or risk not being prepared. It’s that simple, and it was that simple 40 years ago.
Jon from Waukesha, WI
I get a feeling your inbox is going to be panic. This game plan was about as basic as it gets. I’m not super worried.
Here’s the good news: A week from now, nobody will care about the preseason. All of the focus will be on the season opener in Chicago and optimism will dominate.
Allison from Sumter, SC
Vic, With all due respect to you and McCarthy, our entire defense can’t be bad players, so the obvious next look would be at the coach.
Allison, I want you to go outside into that sweet Carolina summer air, take a deep breath, blow it out and think sweet thoughts. You’re taking this much too seriously. Now, repeat after me, “It’s only the preseason, it’s only the preseason, it’s only the preseason.”
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