It took a while, but we've finally found someone who has to participate in the ridiculously short week before "Thursday Night Football" and loves those games.
New England coach Bill Belichick is a big fan. The three-day prep time is good with him. And, if he had his way, the Patriots would play on Thursday night multiple times.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Belichick “likes the Thursday night games and would be happy to have more than one in a season," per NESN. Why? The NESN story said the Patriots feel Thursday night games give an edge to better-prepared teams, and here's where you roll your eyes over the arrogance of the Patriots.
It's easy for Belichick to stump for more Thursday games, considering he's not the one dragging his body into a physical NFL game four days after taking a pounding on Sunday. He does have a point, however. If a team has an edge over its opponent with a short preparation time, it might get a win and also what is roughly another bye week before its next game. Coaches value that. And as hard as playing with a short turnaround is, players enjoy the extra days off too.
"Thursday Night Football" has been a mixed bag. The games have often been sloppy, and it's easy to wonder how the toll of playing twice in a few days affects players later in the season. There have been many player complaints. The games have often been throwaway contests on the schedule too, although that is changing now that CBS is broadcasting half of the slate. It is an extra night of NFL football, however, which is always good.
It turns out the game's best coach is a fan of Thursday night games. Not like commissioner Roger Goodell needs an excuse, but having that support might embolden his support of "Thursday Night Football" in the future.
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