It's obvious so far that the lack of preseason is hurting the quality of football. I mean I'm a fan of good defensive football but 13 games in and the only team to break 30 points is the Riders in Week 1 and they needed a pick six to push them over. It's ridiculous.
And is it really even good defense. I mean some games it is, but some games it's just inept offense. We've seen so many drops, DUMB dumbass penalties, and lack of QB protection. Are the Riders and Bombers D that good or are the Ticats and Redblacks offenses that bad?
At any rate we've been treated to hands down the worst 3 and a half weeks of football in recent memory.
These teams just aren't ready to play. I know that this year the league had no real choice about skipping preseason but every year there is always some vocal clique of fans that hates preseason and wants to scrap them, and get super freaking angry at the notion that there should be a third preseason game (God forbid). Well, this is what you get when there's no preseason.
Another development that is quite new is the fact that the teams can basically no longer hit in practice, including camp now. ALL of the coaches have been terribly frustrated that they really can't evaluate anyone when there's no contact, let alone no games. In the past even with a full contact camp and just 2 preseason games the first 2 or 3 weeks of the season have always been sloppy. This year there seems to be no end in sight to the bad football. The way that things are going we could see 6 or 7 weeks of this - let's face it - schlock.
Now with training camp restrictions on contact, a third preseason game has become essential. Use the first two to evaluate, especially rookies, and get everyone some contact and some game legs, then use the third to play your regulars and install your systems properly.