It’s that time of year again: football is back. Well, it’s almost back.
The early signs of an impending storm appear on the horizon. The whispering winds from training camp hype are beginning to pick up speed. Thunderous applause from fantasy analysts crash through the interwebs as GIFs of their favorite sleeper creep down the Twitter timelines. Most important of all, the preparatory response drill for the NFL season is upon us, as the preseason games will begin in full this coming week.
Just like fire drills in school, it’s easy to walk through the preseason at half speed with your eyes fully rolling throughout. It’s not real meaningful football with consequential scores on the line, even if it looks quite close. However, just like there was something to learn through the monotony and seemingly pointless endeavor of those preparation drills, you better believe there’s something of value to glean from the preseason.
The key in finding the value is not only knowing what to look for, but how to place it in context.
I’m lucky to come from the Footballguys family in launching my career as an NFL writer. The coaching tree here is littered with analysts who pioneer thoughts and approaches that go well beyond setting a good lineup on Sunday. It’s what sets this place apart. I’ve taken so many of the lessons I learned from fellow Footballguys, even well before the day of my hiring, and applied them to my style in the hopes they permeate to any other outlet my work takes me.