In a conference call, Frank Reich said that the Colts will sit most of its starters in the third preseason game against the Bears.
Frank Reich has made a surprising move to sit most of the starters against the Bears this Saturday. The third preseason game is typically the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Apparently that won’t be the case this year for the Colts.
Reich cited the need to stay healthy for the regular season and not risk any further injuries. He also said that the Bears have decided to do the same thing, so that made his decision easier. This is an interesting decision for a multitude of injuries.
First off, this means Jacoby Brissett won’t be running with the first team offense again. One would think that he would need as much work as he can get, especially with Andrew Luck still out. But it looks like even if he plays, it won’t be with the rest of the first team.
Secondly, this might mean that the dress rehearsal could be the last game of the preseason. You would think the coaches would like to see the first team offense and defense out there for at least a half before the the regular season opener. But that might not happen either.
This looks like this could be the new norm in the NFL. Teams are looking to keep themselves healthy before the regular season. Moves like this make the viability of preseason in general questionable. It seems like it’s unnecessary at this point.
We will see how the Colts decide to approach game number four with their starters. But look for a bunch of backups come Saturday night.