"It's Just the Preseason" Isn't an Excuse to Play Sloppy, Uninspired Football

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“It’s Just the Preseason” Isn’t an Excuse to Play Sloppy, Uninspired Football

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A familiar refrain popped up in conversation during dinner while I watched Friday’s Bears-Giants game with family and friends.

“It’s just the preseason.”

I read it again in various replies to tweets.

“It’s just the preseason.”

It showed up in text message conversations I had last night.

“It’s just the preseason.”

The Bears lost to the Giants by a 32-13 score on Friday night at Metlife Stadium. The defeat dropped the Bears to 0-2 in exhibition play. And even though I do my best not to take anything away from the final score of games that don’t have any tangible meaning or significance for a team with Super Bowl aspirations, I couldn’t shake the bad vibes I felt.

Chicago played sloppy and uninspired football last night … and that’s me putting it nicely.

The Bears committed 8 penalties for 66 yards. Three of their penalties allowed the Giants to move the chains and get a fresh set of downs. Chicago also turned it over twice, both courtesy of Taquan Mizzell Sr. fumbles. There were missed tackles, lapses in coverages, missed blocking assignments that turned into quarterback sacks, and other minor miscues that added up to the Giants’ reserves taking it to the Bears. It was ugly, even by preseason’s low standards.

And throughout the night, this thought rattled in my head: Preseason or not, there is no excuse to be this sloppy in any phase of the game — let alone all of them. “It’s just the preseason” is not an excuse for poor execution, undisciplined play, or sloppiness. Full stop.

What’s worse is that I can’t put my finger on why it happened. Because while I understand the Bears’ second and third string units were out there, that alone does not make for a worthwhile excuse. The players who suited up in white jersey tops and blue pants aren’t just playing to make their way onto the Bears’ season-opening roster, they are also trying to put tape out there for 31 other teams who could look to sign them at any point in the near future.

Unfortunately, too many of the guys wearing Bears uniforms on Friday are going to want that tape burned.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.