Chris Harris says preseason games 'overanalyzed'

Ultimately, the NFL would like to reduce to two the number of preseason games and add two games when it counts.

Until then, we’re stuck with four preseason games as teams ramp up their preparations for the regular season.

The process, according to Chicago Bears strong safety Chris Harris, involves far too much analysis.

Preseason games really get overanalyzed,” Harris said, according to Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. “To me, it’s practice. It’s just an extension from what we do at Halas Hall and an extension from what we do in Bourbonnais. In the preseason, that’s all it is. It’s just a practice game … exhibition. ... People bring out the microscopes in preseason, and I don’t think that’s what it’s for.”

The Bears will play their third preseason game Saturday night at Tennessee. Coach Lovie Smith said starters can expect to play into the fourth quarter.

The preseason is the chance for the development of some players, newcomers and rookies who lost out on an offseason program.

“It’s probably a lot tougher for the rookies," Harris said. "I would imagine with them not being as comfortable with the playbook. They get only 2 1/2, three weeks into camp. And they would have normally gotten all (the time) after the draft and OTAs, and time with the coaches by themselves. So they are just kind of thrown into it. Maybe from that standpoint ... but we are a very veteran team, especially on defense. We have a lot of guys who have been in this system for a very long time, so it kind of works in our favor.”

Harris should count his blessings a fifth preseason game – the Bears were to play in the Hall of Fame Game – was scrapped this year. And analysis of preseason games beats the pulp out of analyzing labor negotiations.

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