Re: What Does Tebow Have To Do To Make The Team?
posted at 8/23/2013 6:37 PM EDT
In response to TFB12's comment:
In response to RallyC's comment:
There are several reasons as to why BB kept TT out of the game last night, no the least of which I think is to avoid having Tim show poorly and then making it that much harder for BB to face the world after keeping him. Never the less, BB is up to something with Tim, and it doesn't appear to be cutting him is the answer. BB has had plenty of time to evaluate him both as a Patriot and as a QB with Denver and the Jests. Curious, to say the least as to what BB has planned. Whatever it is, its gonna work. JMHO.
Boom! You nailed it Rally, I didn't even think of that one. It will be interesting to see what BB's plan with him is.
Ok, here is a question for you.... I seen some tweets about this after it aired the other night and it got me to thinking. Since you are on here today I would like your take on it since you have played at the highest level before.
The other night on HBO's Hard Knocks, Marvin Lewis was talking to the trainer and said that making the team is determined during the preseason games and not on the practice field. He said doing well in practice gives you the opportunity to play in preseason games which is where it will be determined if you make the team. Agree or disagree?
Yes TFB, I absolutely agree with that philosophy. It is the natural order of the way things work in sports, and for the most part the more important aspects of all of our lives. Of course, in order to play in the preseason games, you must be on the practice field and healthy. If you do so, no matter how you perform in practice, you will invariably find yourself on the stage (pre-season games) as EVERY player on the squad who dresses eventually does, for their shot at making that impact play that makes the coaches pause to remember them the next day. That one play that the coaches hit the replay button about 10-times for during team meetings and film review while saying, "You see that! This is how it is supposed to be done. No other way! Exactly like this. Great job Mike!" Mike may have only played one series and made one play all game, but that single play will keep Mike's job for at least the next week, maybe more. That doesn't happen for great practice players.
The only true place to prove yourself is in live game action. Some guys get a handful of plays in those games, others get longer looks. But it is what it is and you had better not take a single play off as it may be your very last. Practice, as Allen Iverson once said so elloquently, "We talkin' bout practice! Not a game, Practice!" I knew some great practice players in my life that NEVER saw the filed except for those few preseason game reps that they had no impact on. As we often see, many a damned good player gets cut because he is injured during camp and just can't get out there. Obviously, veterans are a whole different story as they have documented history and statistics. But, for new guys? Yes, if you are a great practice player and don't perform in the preseason games, or injury keeps you out so much that you can't show live action brilliance, or at least competance, C-YA!