Now we'll move from coaches showing anything more than vanilla schemes (on both sides of the ball) to teams (and players) trying to avoid looking like they're playing exhibition football (mistake ball)
Most years the teams need 3 to 5 weeks into the season to look like smoothly run operations, anyways!
Lots of the guys who were outstanding in limited reps during exhibition will now have the klieg lights shined on them for 60 - and whether they can sustain perceived excellence is the key!
Re; Announcing. If they give the opening nite keys to Rod Black that's a big mistake. Black is bad enough when the rosters don't feature so many new players and numbers that make his life more of a nightmare than usual. One redeeming thing about Rod - he knows when he's overwhelmed - so I suspect he'll turn in a very typical Rodblackian performance in his opener - focusing on useless chatter between plays that too often spills onto the play - and only going into any detail on big plays to known commodities. The little things, so important to us - like who made the tackle, big blocks, strategy, substitutions and injuries are just a blur to Rod and his limited brain.