It’s been a few days since the St. Louis Rams first preseason game and it is important to remember the purpose of these games; get players in shape, evaluate players, and to work on improving the execution of various aspects of the game both individually and as a unit. Notice I did not say win. Yes winning is nice in the preseason but has no influence on the teams standings in the regular season (the Philadelphia Eagles went 4-0 last preseason and then went 4-12 during the regular season). In education terms the preseason games are merely formative assessments. Quality coaches will look at the games, break down specific targets for the players to work on, and give descriptive feedback to fix the problems. Then during the week the coaches will design drills that focus in on the targets that need to be fixed. Come the end of the week another formative assessment will occur (preseason game) and the process will repeat. Some players will make progress while others will be passed on the depth charts and eventually off the team.
So who made progress over the offseason?
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